Veteran Ad Woman Recalls What It Was Like to Work for 'the Queen of Mean,' Leona Helmsley

She scared everyone, but revolutionized advertising

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Even though nearly four decades have passed, Jane Maas remembers her scariest client as though it were yesterday.

"She was a bully. It was such a torment to work with her," said Maas, who actually used to whisper prayers on her way to meetings, hoping to avoid the forked tongue of her client. "Everybody was afraid of her," Maas adds. "Even her own bodyguard, who'd been a New York City police officer, was afraid of her."

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