Claudine Williams, a leading figure in the Nevada gambling industry and the first woman to manage a major Las Vegas Strip casino, has died. She was 88.
Harrah's Entertainment officials said Williams died May 13 in Las Vegas after a long illness.
"Claudine was a remarkable woman whose grace, tenacity, intellect, integrity, work ethic and community involvement propelled her to the chairmanship of Harrah's Las Vegas and to service on a wide range of business, charitable and community service organizations," Harrah's Chief Executive Gary Loveman said in a letter to company employees.
"Despite having only a ninth-grade education and competing in what was at the time an almost exclusively male-dominated industry, Claudine's achievements were remarkable."
In 1992, Williams was the first woman inducted into the American Gaming Assn.'s Gaming Hall of Fame.
Williams was born in 1921 in Mansfield, La., and moved as a teenager to Texas, where she met her husband, Shelby Williams. They bought the Silver Slipper casino on the Las Vegas Strip in the early 1960s and sold it several years later to billionaire Howard Hughes.