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Writers:
Dennis Turner (teleplay)
Ransdell Pierson (book)
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Release Date:
23 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(2 articles)
Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70
 (From WENN. 21 January 2008)

Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70
 (From WENN. 18 January 2008)

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A fascinating drama about a very complex woman. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Suzanne Pleshette ... Leona Helmsley

Lloyd Bridges ... Harry Helmsley

Joe Regalbuto ... Paul Summerton
Raymond Singer ... Jay Panzirer

Bruce Weitz ... Joseph Lubin
Marcia Diamond ... Leona's Mother
Patricia Collins ... Sandra
Gale Garnett ... May

Lori Hallier ... Sarah
Ken James
Victoria Snow ... Marilyn Norrito
Eric Donkin ... Stanley

Maurice Godin ... Mark
Marvin Goldhar ... Leona's Attorney
Ransdell Pierson ... Ransdell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Chad ... Matre'd (uncredited)
Janet Lo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Montgomery ... Doorman 1990 (uncredited)

Jacqueline Samuda ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Michaels 
 
Writing credits
Dennis Turner (teleplay)

Ransdell Pierson (book "The Queen of Mean")

Produced by
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Stuart A. Goldman .... co-executive producer
Mark Malis .... co-executive producer
Jane Ubell .... co-executive producer
Larry White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
 
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Cohen 
 
Casting by
Jean Frost 
Mark Malis 
 
Production Design by
David Jaquest 
 
Set Decoration by
Jaro Dick 
 
Costume Design by
Georgina Yarhi 
 
Makeup Department
Erika Caceres .... daily makeup
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... hair stylist (as Jennifer Bower)
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... makeup artist
Jeffrey Sacino .... hair stylist
Sheri Short .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jim Begg .... executive in charge of production
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Susan Murdoch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Banning .... third assistant director
Kelly Andrew King .... third assistant director
David McAree .... first assistant director
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Wayne Jacques .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Charles Bruce .... sound effects editor
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Michael T. Ryan .... dialogue editor
Reynald Trudel .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Deneault .... gaffer
Gordon Eldridge .... best boy
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Perry Hoffman .... assistant camera
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer
John Medland .... still photographer
Michael Sinyi .... clapper loader
 
Editorial Department
Josh Muscatine .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer
J. Hill .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
William Ross .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maria T. Bierniak .... assistant location manager
David Coombs .... location manager
Penelope Hynam .... continuity
Elaine Scott .... assistant production accountant
Nan Skiba .... production coordinator
 

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Runtime:
94 min
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Did You Know?

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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating drama about a very complex woman., 26 May 2002
Author: mark.waltz from New York City

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that any news about real estate mogul Leona Helsmey is fascinating. The TV movie stars Suzanne Pleshette in rare form as the somewhat charming, yet hard as nails Leona. While Leona herself declared this telling as a "fairy tale", Pleshette plays her as very human and believable person. Those who hate her might reconsider their feelings, feeling sorry for her in spite of the cruel things she does. While Pleshette does not 100 percent resemble Leona (she is much prettier and younger looking than the real Ice Princess), she completely takes on the persona, separating her from the character she played for year on "The Bob Newhart Show". Lloyd Bridges, as Harry Helmsley, escapes any comparison to the bumbling characters he played in the "Airplane" and "Hot Shots" movies. Told in flashback as Leona contemplates her fate before the verdict of her trial is heard, the story covers 30 years of Leona's life, from her divorce from her first husband, through a short-lived second marriage, to her meeting Harry Helmsley, and rise to the top of the New York real estate world. Pleshette deservedly was nominated for an Emmy Award. The supporting cast is great as well, from the actor who plays Leona's wise-cracking best friend to the actress who played the designer of the hotel. Even the non-speaking part of the maid who overheard Leona say "Only Little People Pay Taxes" is well played as the actress glares at Leona with contempt. Available on video (but possibly hard to find), this is a film worth seeing. Those who despise TV movies will have a hard time finding fault with this one.`

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