“The Queen of Mean”
Born Lena Mindy Rosenthal to a middle-class Jewish family, Leona eventually rose to sit atop a huge New York real estate empire, by marrying Harry Helmsley in 1972, after a checkered and scandalous past. Their holdings included the Flatiron Building, the Helmsley Palace Hotel and the Empire State Building. Leona led a tumultuous life and was known as “The Queen of Mean” for the way she treated her staff and subordinates. Convicted on tax evasion charges, she spent 19 months in prison in 1992. She died lonely and secluded in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 86, leaving a multi-billion dollar estate, including 12 million to her dog, Trouble.
(This presentation is approximately 20-30 minutes)