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    Leona Helmsley, Hotelier and Real Estate Icon, Dies (Update2)

    By Shannon D. Harrington

    Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Leona Helmsley, the real estate developer and hotel operator convicted of tax evasion and dubbed ``The Queen of Mean,'' died today. She was 87.

    Helmsley died of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Connecticut, said spokesman Howard Rubenstein. With her husband, Harry, she helped build a property empire that was once valued at $5 billion. It included interests in the Empire State Building, the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South and the Helmsley Hotel on 42nd Street.

    ``She was a tough lady,'' said Edward Koch, the former New York City mayor who first met Helmsley in the late 1970s. ``She set standards for hotels and service.''

    Her conviction in 1989 on federal tax evasion charges made her a symbol of the excesses of the 1980s and put her on the front pages of the tabloids. She and her husband were charged with writing off renovations to their $11 million Greenwich estate as business expenses.

    Helmsley served 18 months in prison after an eight-week trial in which former employees painted her as a cold-hearted boss who fired workers on a whim and told a housekeeper at her estate that ``only the little people pay taxes.''

    The case was the basis for a 1990 made-for-television movie ``Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean"

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    The stories about Madame Hemsley make Trump look like a spayed lamb.

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