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April 25, 1988 | EILEEN V. QUIGLEY, Times Staff Writer
Leona and Harry Helmsley emerged from a silver stretch limousine under slate-gray skies a little more than a week ago to be fingerprinted, photographed, booked and arraigned among drug dealers and thieves in the Manhattan criminal courthouse. Clad in a fire-truck-red coat-dress with blue velvet lapels, Leona Helmsley held her head high, linked arms with her husband and smiled at the mass of reporters outside the courthouse. Asked for comment, they replied only, "Good morning."
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September 27, 1997 | From Reuters
Leona Helmsley has given control of the Helmsley-Spear Inc. real estate management company to two business associates of her late husband Harry, settling a 1995 lawsuit, a spokesman confirmed Friday. The associates, Alvin Schwartz and Irving Schneider, were longtime employees who filed suit charging that she owed them millions of dollars in back pay. They also claimed she forced the company into millions of dollars of debt.
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April 23, 1990 | From United Press International
A judge today ordered aging hotel magnate Harry Helmsley to undergo a psychiatric test to see if he is competent to stand trial for tax evasion despite defense claims that the stress of an exam could kill him. The ruling by Justice John Bradley at state Supreme Court came after prosecutors revealed that Helmsley, 81, and his wife, Leona, 70, recently jetted off for a Florida vacation at one of their hotels.
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January 10, 1997 | Associated Press
Harry Helmsley, the billionaire whose holdings included the Empire State Building, left virtually his entire estate to his widow, Leona, according to his will filed in court Thursday. Helmsley died of pneumonia Saturday at age 87 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His 18-page will was dated Jan. 25, 1994. "I appoint my wife, Leona M. Helmsley, as executor of this will," Helmsley stated. He said all his real estate and personal property go to her to keep or sell as she sees fit.
BUSINESS
January 6, 1997 | From Reuters
Billionaire Harry Helmsley, one of the richest and most powerful businessmen in New York City real estate, has died at the age of 87. Helmsley died Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Arizona of pneumonia, Howard Rubenstein, Helmsley's New York-based spokesman, said Sunday. Helmsley's wife, Leona, the self-proclaimed queen of a string of hotels the couple owned, was at his bedside when he died. "My fairy tale is over. I lived a magical life with Harry," she said in a statement.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1997 | From Reuters
Leona Helmsley has given control of the Helmsley-Spear Inc. real estate management company to two business associates of her late husband Harry, settling a 1995 lawsuit, a spokesman confirmed Friday. The associates, Alvin Schwartz and Irving Schneider, were longtime employees who filed suit charging that she owed them millions of dollars in back pay. They also claimed she forced the company into millions of dollars of debt.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
Donald Trump, the billionaire developer who's been called a few names himself, has called real estate executive Leona (The Queen) Helmsley "a disgrace" and a destroyer of her husband's reputation, it was reported today. The New York Post quoted an anonymous source close to Trump as saying the impetus for the attack was a dispute about a Helmsley-owned piece of property in Atlantic City. The newspaper said Trump wrote Leona Helmsley on April 5: "When God created Leona, the world received no favors.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Hotel chain owner Leona Helmsley, awaiting an appeal of her tax evasion conviction, toured a beachfront hotel she owns with her billionaire husband, Harry. About 20 employees of the Sandcastle on Lido Key welcomed the couple with banners and yellow roses Wednesday. "I don't know any of them," the beaming Mrs. Helmsley said. "But I love them. People are people." As the Helmsleys inspected the hotel grounds, Mrs.
BUSINESS
January 6, 1997 | From Reuters
Billionaire Harry Helmsley, one of the richest and most powerful businessmen in New York City real estate, has died at the age of 87. Helmsley died Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Arizona of pneumonia, Howard Rubenstein, Helmsley's New York-based spokesman, said Sunday. Helmsley's wife, Leona, the self-proclaimed queen of a string of hotels the couple owned, was at his bedside when he died. "My fairy tale is over. I lived a magical life with Harry," she said in a statement.
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April 16, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Leona Helmsley held on to her lavish lifestyle until the end Wednesday, when she took her company's Boeing 727 to Kentucky and reported to a federal prison as inmate No. 15113-054. The jet landed in Louisville, and she arrived in a limousine at the prison in Lexington, 80 miles to the east, about 4:15 a.m. on Tax Day. Helmsley, 71, sentenced to four years for tax evasion, slipped by reporters and into the minimum-security Federal Medical Center for women.
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May 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
New York judge said today that two court-appointed doctors had found Harry Helmsley, the 81-year-old husband of the hotel queen convicted of federal tax evasion, unfit to stand trial on 188 state charges of tax fraud. "Both doctors have found Mr. Helmsley to be unfit, but they have not completed their report," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John A. K. Bradley said at a pretrial hearing. Bradley will decide on June 20 whether to hold a competency hearing.
NEWS
April 23, 1990 | From United Press International
A judge today ordered aging hotel magnate Harry Helmsley to undergo a psychiatric test to see if he is competent to stand trial for tax evasion despite defense claims that the stress of an exam could kill him. The ruling by Justice John Bradley at state Supreme Court came after prosecutors revealed that Helmsley, 81, and his wife, Leona, 70, recently jetted off for a Florida vacation at one of their hotels.
NEWS
May 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
New York judge said today that two court-appointed doctors had found Harry Helmsley, the 81-year-old husband of the hotel queen convicted of federal tax evasion, unfit to stand trial on 188 state charges of tax fraud. "Both doctors have found Mr. Helmsley to be unfit, but they have not completed their report," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John A. K. Bradley said at a pretrial hearing. Bradley will decide on June 20 whether to hold a competency hearing.
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January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Hotel chain owner Leona Helmsley, awaiting an appeal of her tax evasion conviction, toured a beachfront hotel she owns with her billionaire husband, Harry. About 20 employees of the Sandcastle on Lido Key welcomed the couple with banners and yellow roses Wednesday. "I don't know any of them," the beaming Mrs. Helmsley said. "But I love them. People are people." As the Helmsleys inspected the hotel grounds, Mrs.
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December 13, 1989 | SCOT J. PALTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leona Helmsley, the self-proclaimed queen of a luxury hotel chain, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison and fined $7.1 million by a judge who said her criminal tax offenses were the product of "naked greed." The judge imposed the sentence after Helmsley, 69, tearfully begged for mercy. U.S. District Judge John M. Walker Jr. told Helmsley that she had "an arrogant belief that she was above the law."
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