Edith Shain Death: Kiss & Biography?

Remember the iconic V-J day kiss between a nurse and an overjoyed American sailor in Times Square at the end of World War II in 1945? I just heard about her death.
Edith Shain, the nurse in that famous photograph has died in Los Angeles today. She was 91.

Shain died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles of liver cancer, said her son, Michael Shain, of Conifer, Colo.
The photo of the kiss must be one of the most classic pictures in history.
Where can I read Edith Shain's biography?

asked by Eric in History | 4886 views | 06-23-2010 at 06:37 PM

Edith Shain was 91 and passed away without ever really knowing for sure who planted the kiss on her while the photographer captured the epic moment with his camera.
Edith Shain, then a nurse at Doctor's Hospital in New York City, said she was grabbed and kissed by an unknown American soldier on 14 August 1945. The picture taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine and came to symbolize America's victory over Japan.
She doesn't have an official biography online.

And she didn't mind that she'd never met the guy before. The context was too glorious -- Times Square, V-J Day, with thousands of people celebrating the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II.

For the remainder of her life, Shain continued to honor World War II veterans by attending wreath layings, parades and other memorial events.

Edith Shain kiss

The photographer never got the names of the sailor and nurse, and Life's effort years later to identify the woman produced several claimants.
The identify of the young nurse was not known until the late 1970s when Shain contacted Eisenstaedt to say she was the woman in the photograph.

answered by Cole | 06-23-2010 at 06:38 PM

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