Leona Helmsley: Hotel Queen

Hotelier Known As The "Queen Of Mean" Died At Greenwich Home. She Was 87

Leona Helmsley, the hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the "queen of mean," died Aug. 19, 2007, at age 87. Helmsley, who succumbed to heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., was profiled by 60 Minutes in 1985.

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After the story originally aired, Leona Helmsley was convicted of tax evasion and served 21 months in prison. A few years after her release from prison, her husband, Harry Helmsley, died in 1997. With the entire fortune to manage, Leona sold many of the Helmsley holdings but when she died at the age of 87, she left an estimated fortune of $2.5 billion.
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