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Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)

Spanning years of both Harry and Leona Helmsley's cutthroat control of their eponymonous empire, this made-for-TV movie chronicles both the high and low points of the couple's life together.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Harry Helmsley
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Paul Summerton
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Jay Panzirer
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Joseph Lubin
Marcia Diamond ...
Leona's Mother
Patricia Collins ...
Sandra
Gale Garnett ...
May
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Sarah
Ken James
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Marilyn Norrito
Eric Donkin ...
Stanley
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Mark
Marvin Goldhar ...
Leona's Attorney
Ransdell Pierson ...
Ransdell
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Spanning years of both Harry and Leona Helmsley's cutthroat control of their eponymonous empire, this made-for-TV movie chronicles both the high and low points of the couple's life together.

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23 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Queen of Mean  »

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Leona Helmsley: You're tie is too wide.
Paul Summerton: And in the right light, your earrings could signal the entire 7th Fleet.
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Suzanne Pleshette shines....
30 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

she is very believable as the hotel queen, Leona Helmsley. Only the little people pay taxes, she sneers, as she and Harry are reviewing the hotel expenses (apparently her son was also in the hotel business, and also embezzled money).

Pleshette looks lovely, and mean. When she gets an assistant to wipe her shoe, the narcissism is tangible!. Also a classic scene is when she is having playing cards with her photograph on each one ..."I want them BIGGER; Harry plays pinochle, and his cards are larger"..., she fumes to a hapless assistant.

For a television movie, the acting is superior. Harry Helmsley is well portrayed by Lloyd Bridges. Anyone who remembers the publicity from the late 80's and early 90's will be interested in this film. The Helmsley Palace still stands in midtown Manhattan, but the name has been changed to protect the guilty. 8/10.


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