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Nurse In Famous V-J Day Photo Dies

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Her photograph will forever be etched in American history, widely circulated across the country at the end of World War II.

Edith Shain died Sunday at the age of 91, according to her family.

Shain’s face became an historic symbol because of the photo that shows her, clad in a white nurses uniform, being kissed by an American sailor in New York’s Times Square as the nation celebrated the end of World War II.

Despite the popularity of the photograph, Shain wasn’t identified as the woman in the picture until the late 1970s when she wrote a letter to the photographer telling him she’s the woman in the photo.

For years, the identity of the sailor has been disputed and still remains unresolved today.

Shain died at her Los Angeles home, leaving behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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