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Nurse in Famous WWII Times Square Kiss Photo Dies at 91

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Edith Shain, the woman whose spontaneous dip-and-kiss by a WWII sailor in Times Square was immortalized by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, has died.

Shain "died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday," surrounded by her family, according to MSNBC. She was 91 years old.

The identity of the woman in the iconic photo, published in LIFE magazine, was unknown until the 1970s, when Shain "wrote to the photographer saying that she was the woman in the picture taken on August 14 at a time when she had been working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City."

In 2008 Shain visited New York and posed for photos being dipped and kissed by actors playing sailors in the Broadway revival of South Pacific. She joked that she always wished she'd thought to get the number of the sailor who grabbed her and kissed her to celebrate the end of the war: "In retrospect, I should have said, 'Hey, wait a minute!'"