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November 10, 2008

Edith Shain Is At It Again: The Kissing Nurse Is Back In Town

The Kissing Nurse

She maybe 90, but the famous kissing nurse from the iconic 1945 Times Square photograph is back in town and kissing some sailors. Edith Shain, the woman purported to be on the receiving end of one of the most famous smooches of all time has returned to New York to lead the Veterans Day Parade through the streets she once knew so well.

Shain hit the headlines back on Aug. 15, 1945, when she joined thousands of people who came out to celebrate on hearing the news that Japan had surrendered. Right there on Broadway and 45th Street, a sailor suddenly grabbed and kissed her ? and the moment was caught by Alfred Eisenstaedt, a Life magazine photographer. His picture from V-J Day became one of the 20th century’s most iconic images.

On Sunday she donned her old nurse’s uniform to see the musical revival of “South Pacific”. And once again, was swooped off her feet and smooched by a man in Navy whites.

This Tuesday it’s anchors aweigh for Shain and her sexy sailors, she’s set to serve as grand marshal in the Veterans Day parade at the head of a contingent of World War II veterans.

Besides serving as grand marshal, Shain is in New York from Los Angeles to promote “Stories of Service,” a web video project connecting youth and World War II vets at stories-of-service.org.

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