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Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 23 September 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.

Director:

Richard Michaels

Writers:

Dennis Turner (teleplay), Ransdell Pierson (book)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanne Pleshette ... Leona Helmsley
Lloyd Bridges ... Harry Helmsley
Joe Regalbuto ... Paul Summerton
Raymond Singer ... Jay Panzirer
Bruce Weitz ... Joseph Lubin
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Leona's Mother
Patricia Collins ... Sandra
Gale Garnett ... May
Lori Hallier ... Sarah
Ken James Ken James
Victoria Snow ... Marilyn Norrito
Eric Donkin Eric Donkin ... Stanley
Maurice Godin ... Mark
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Leona's Attorney
Ransdell Pierson 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of Mean See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 MarieGabrielleSee 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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