Edith Shain, who unwittingly was a subject of one of the most famous photographs ever taken, has died at age 91.
Shain, a nurse, was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt being kissed by an American sailor in New York’s Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War II.
The photograph captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after it was published in Life magazine.
Shain’s identity was not known until the 1970s when she identified herself to the photographer. The identity of the sailer has never been established – although several men over the years have claimed the honor.
Shain is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.