Subject of Iconic Eisenstaedt Photo Dies

Edith Shain, who claimed to be the nurse embraced by a jubilant World War II sailor in the famous Times Square photograph by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, has died. She was 91, according to several news organizations reporting her death.

Eisenstaedt's photo shows the sailor clutching the nurse as he kisses her, and captures the joy of the nation over the end of World War II. But the identities of the two subjects has always been in question because the subjects' faces are obscured, and Eisenstaedt never got their names. Several women claimed to be the nurse in the photograph years later when Life magazine tried to identify the subjects.

Shain said in interviews before her death that she had gone to Times Square to celebrate the victory over Japan on August 15, 1945 right after finishing her shift at a New York hospital. She didn't know the sailor who grabbed her and kissed her, but she told the AP in a 2008 interview that "I didn't mind because he was someone who had fought for me."

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