Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Leona Helmsley 1920 -2007: Today's Cartoon

Eccentric billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley was dubbed the "Queen of Mean" for her reputation of being unrealistically demanding, with a proneness to firing employees on the spot. She was also a convicted tax-cheat who was once quoted as saying that only the "little people" paid taxes. In other words... she was a cultural icon who came to symbolize much of the greed and excess that seemingly defined the 1980's.

If articles written on Helmsley's excessive temper are accurate, then the fact that she succumbed to "heart failure" should really come as no surprise to anyone; except perhaps those who believed that she never had one to begin with. Yet, for all the negative reporting about the life of Leona Helmsley, something positive that can be said about the 87 year-old heiress is that unlike her younger counterparts, at least she was coherent enough to have a demanding attitude... and kind enough not to leave the public with any sex tapes to remember her by.

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