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Former Pageant Director Dies

January 6, 2001

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Lenora Slaughter Frapart, who was credited with transforming the Miss America Pageant from a local sideshow to a major scholarship provider, died Dec. 4. She was 94.

She was executive director of the pageant from 1941 to 1967, and made several lasting changes during her tenure: She prohibited businesses from sponsoring contestants, imposed a 1 a.m. curfew and ruled that only women between the ages of 18 and 28 who had not been married could compete. She later created the talent competition and lobbied for the pageant to provide college scholarships for prizes.

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