…Because she died today.

87 years old at her death, Helmsley is best known for the 1980’s court case that sent her to jail for defrauding her multi-billion dollar company.

A student in the 1980’s, I remember Mrs. Helmsley as the mean old woman who berated her domestic and office staff and even got 150 hours of community service tacked onto the 750 she’d already been sentenced because she made her employees do some of the work for her.