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WWII nurse in iconic Times Square kiss photo dies at 91

06-25-2010 14:12 BJT

A nurse who was famously photographed being kissed by an American sailor in New York's Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War Two has died at the age of 91.She died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Edith Shain was captured in a passionate clinch with a sailor on V-J day by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1945. The nurse died on Tuesday aged 91
Edith Shain was captured in a passionate clinch with a sailor on V-J day by 
photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1945. The nurse died on Tuesday aged 91

The V-J Day picture of the white-clad Edith Shain by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine.

The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to the photographer saying that she was the woman in the picture taken on August 14 at a time when she had been working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City.

The identity of the sailor remains disputed and unresolved, although a man named Carl Muscarello has claimed it was him.


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