Woman in Iconic WWII Photo Dies

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Edith Shain, the woman whose kiss in Times Square became infamously associated with the end of World War II, has passed away. She was 91.

Shain died of liver cancer June 20 at her California home.

She was a nurse in New York City when she heard the news on Aug. 15, 1945 that Allied forces declared victory over Japan. The next moment was immortalized as she passed the news along to a nearby sailor.

The sailor, who has never been officially identified, swept her up and gave her a kiss. The photo was published in LIFE magazine and has since been associated with the end of WWII.

Shain waited until the 1970s to come forward as the woman in the picture. She spent most of her life honoring WWII veterans at memorial events.

In 2008, she posed for a recreation of the photo with stars from the Broadway musical "South Pacific."

Shain is survived by three sons, Michael, Robert and Justin, six grand and eight great-grandchildren.

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