Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama

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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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2 May 2017 | wgranger
| Definitely a guilty pleasure
I am calling this a guilty pleasure because normally I do not care to delve into the personal lives of public figures, but this is one time I would say it was worth it. While the plot line was thin, the cast did a great job of portraying The Queen of Mean and her billionaire husband, Harry Helmsley. While the movie did seem to explore Leona's psyche as the result of a mother who never gave her daughter unconditional love but instead based her love on how much money she made, it did not ever really explore how a billionaire could be taken in by someone like Leona. Certainly Leona was a millionairess and real estate baroness in her own right before she met Mr. Helmsley and he undoubtedly admired her spunk, but she certainly wasn't as attractive as Miss Pleshette in real life and had many negative traits. Still it is very interesting to see her wily ways to trap Harry into marriage. The movie really only deals with her adult life with Mr. Helmsley and maybe that is the only really interesting part of her life, but it would have been nice to see more of her younger years to maybe put her later years in perspective.

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