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Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990) DVD

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Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)


Richard Michaels    


Dennis Turner (teleplay),  Ransdell Pierson (book)    


Suzanne PleshetteLloyd BridgesJoe Regalbuto
Based on fact, this TV drama details the life of New York property magnate, Leona Helmsley, her personal ups and downs and her well publicised run in with the IRS.

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  1. Okay for a copy. 3 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 2nd 2021

    I don't know why I was expecting an unopened DVD I'm sorry I paid in total $22.99 for a 'copied' DVD. I ordered it to add to my collection, but it's up to my standards. If you just want to enjoy the story, it's a good one, well told. Probably won't buy form this site again.

  2. Suzanne Pleshette did a great job 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Mar 23rd 2018

    I enjoyed this movie, Miss Pleshette put her heart into it. I liked her character. She was tough and she took no BS. She made no excuses and she faced her accusers. The lady had tremendous courage. I loved it when she fired the slackers. I liked her reactions and comments to her coworkers and her employees. It was very entertaining. Vary clear DVD transfer, Zeus always comes through.

  3. Fun Watch 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 11th 2017

    Pretty good dub of the made-4-TV movie.

  4. A true heart movie of the real person 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 13th 2017

    A movie based on the life of a real person, on how she lived her life, and how treat people, you really need to watch it to get a full understanding on why they choose the name for the title.

  5. Great movie. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Oct 30th 2016

    Got exactly what I requested.

  6. A fascinating drama about a very complex woman. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 14th 2016

    Copied from my IMDB review.

    Love her or hate her, you have to admit that any news about real estate mogul Leona Helsmey is fascinating. The TV movie stars Suzanne Pleshette in rare form as the somewhat charming, yet hard as nails Leona. While Leona herself declared this telling as a "fairy tale", Pleshette plays her as very human and believable person. Those who hate her might reconsider their feelings, feeling sorry for her in spite of the cruel things she does. While Pleshette does not 100 percent resemble Leona (she is much prettier and younger looking than the real Ice Princess), she completely takes on the persona, separating her from the character she played for years on "The Bob Newhart Show". Lloyd Bridges, as Harry Helmsley, escapes any comparison to the bumbling characters he played in the "Airplane" and "Hot Shots" movies.

    Told in flashback as Leona contemplates her fate before the verdict of her trial is heard, the story covers 30 years of Leona's life, from her divorce of her first husband (father of her son), through a short-lived second marriage which she would deny out of resentment, to her meeting Harry Helmsley, and rise to the top of the New York real estate world. Pleshette deservedly was nominated for an Emmy Award. The supporting cast is great as well, from Joe Regaibuto ("Murphy Brown") who plays Leona's wise-cracking best friend (and knowingly accepts all her faults) to the actress who played the designer of the hotel and pays dearly for upstaging "the queen". Even the non-speaking part of the maid who overheard Leona say "Only Little People Pay Taxes" is well played as the actress glares at Leona with contempt.

    This makes me curious of the woman behind the legendary mogul who may have not been the nicest of powerful female business executives and others involved here, including Harry's diminutive first wife, Eve. There are plenty of moments of bitchy humor, most from Pleshette and that fabulous voice, and even some towards her. Leona herself should feel flattered by the often heartbreaking way she was portrayed and how much of a glow Pleshette adds to her public image. Available on video (but possibly hard to find), this is a film worth seeing. Those who despise TV movies will have a hard time finding fault with this one.'

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