American businesswomanDied when: 87 years 47 days (1045 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman.Her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behavior earned her the nickname Queen of Mean.
After allegations of non-payment were made by contractors hired to improve Helmsley's Connecticut home, she was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989.
Although having initially received a sentence of sixteen years, she was required to serve only nineteen months in prison and two months under house arrest.
During the trial, a former housekeeper testified that she had heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes", a quote which was identified with her for the rest of her life.