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Rhymes with Red

8/20/2007 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hotelier Leona Helmsley, who once served prison time for tax evasion and was often called the "Queen of
Mean," has died. Helmsley suffered heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist, Howard Rubenstein.

Helmsley, with husband, Harry, ran a $5 billion real estate
empire which included managing the Empire State Building. A former housekeeper once said she heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." She later served time in prison for tax evasion.

She denied making the statement, but the words followed her for the rest of her life.

She was 87.

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dubois    

nice pic LMAO!!!!!!

2519 days ago
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I am Me    

I thought she was already dead :(

2519 days ago
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MarciP    

Died from what?

2519 days ago
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Butterfly    

Wow...I don't know what to say. I grew up watching the NYC news stations and there was always something about her back in the 80's.

Mrs. Helmsley, I hope you're at peace where you are. It was obvious you didn't have any on earth.

2519 days ago
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redheadisnotdead    

I feel bad for saying this but, hooray! She was godawful!

2519 days ago
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Al Baby    

She looks like my left nut after surfing

2519 days ago
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davi    

Wow.
Leona got more of an obit from TMZ than Merv Griffin!
I guess the "queens of mean" all flock together.

2519 days ago
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ZZZZZZZ    

Scary, ahhhhhhh

2519 days ago
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Cub    

Everyone sing "Ding dong the witch is dead, which ole' witch the wicked witch is dead"

2519 days ago
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big joe    

that's great new's she was a bitch.

2519 days ago
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David    

Sorry to hear. She had standards, didn't care for anything common, including common people. She knew what she wanted and didn't expect anything less. Also, she didn't "suffer fools gladly". My grandmother lived near her in CT. and having met her many times said she was always refined as well as friendly.

2519 days ago
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Thatsfunny    

You should only speak good of the dead. She's Dead, Good!!!!

2519 days ago
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Bi-Polar Hippie    

Yeah,..I am probably going to goto hell for this one but,........

Does she not look like Jack Nicholson as the Joker in that pic???

2519 days ago
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Canadian_Gurl    

Sounds like a crusty old bitch.

Couldn't she afford to get her teeth whitened?? Yuck!

2519 days ago
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Wendy    

#15...yes, she does and a bit like Grandpa Munster...

2519 days ago
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