Edith Shain, who claimed to be the white-clad nurse in the famous V-J Day photo died Sunday at the age of 91 in her Los Angeles home, according reports. The iconic photograph, which shows a nurse being dipped and kissed by a soldier, was snapped by Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstadt on August 15, 1945 at Times Square promptly after President Truman announced the end of the war with Japan.
Shain moved to California after World War II and did not claim the photo until decades later — in the late 1970s. She wrote to Eisenstadt, who then flew to Los Angeles to see if she was the nurse. The identity of the sailor has never been positively identified, though there were many men who claimed to be the man in the picture.
The photo of the kiss is reportedly the most reproduced picture in the history of Life magazine.
“My mom was always willing take on new challenges and caring for the World War II veterans energized her to take another chance to make a difference,” her son. Justin Decker, stated.
According to MSNBC, Shain leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.