WEIRDLAND: Edith Shain, V-J Day nurse, passes away

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Edith Shain, V-J Day nurse, passes away

"A nurse famously photographed being kissed by an American sailor in New York's Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War Two has died at the age of 91, her family said on Tuesday.The V-J Day picture of the white-clad Edith Shain by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine.

The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 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.

The identity of the sailor remains disputed and unresolved.
Amy Adams and Ben Stiller as Amelia Earhart and Larry Daley leaving the picture in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), which is the first movie ever filmed in the Smithsonian Institution.

"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 said in a statement.

Shain, who died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren".

Ben Stiller and Amy Adams entering the V-J Day picture by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt
Ben Stiller kissing the nurse in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

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