Iconic kiss, V-J Day, Times Square

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  1. SSGMike.Ivy

    SSGMike.Ivy Senior Member

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A 90-year-old who says she's the woman being kissed by a sailor in Times Square in one of World War II's most famous photographs reunited in town with the Navy on Sunday -- days before she is to serve as grand marshal of the city's Veterans Day parade.

    Edith Shain of Los Angeles, donning a white nurse's uniform like the one she wore back in 1945, went to see the musical revival of "South Pacific" and posed for pictures, being hoisted off her feet on stage by five of the actors in their Navy whites.
    On Tuesday, she'll ride in the parade at the head of a contingent of World War II veterans.

    Edith Shain tries to recreate the famous photo with Nick Mayo, a cast member of the musical "South Pacific."

    Famous nurse recalls WWII photo moment - CNN.com
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi !

    Is it Mike ?

    Thanks for letting us all see a super "then & now" picture.


  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

  4. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    :poppy: Edith Shain RIP :poppy:

  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    :poppy: Edith Shain RIP :poppy:

    She certainly made the headlines with her photograph.
  6. PeterG

    PeterG Senior Member

  7. slaphead

    slaphead very occasional visitor

    Its a great picture and has oft been imitated. I like the statue that has been made. I wonder if it is permanent?

    I liked the photos use in Night at the Museum 2 but didnt apreciate its gratuitus "paraphrasing" at the start of the Watchmen movie.
  8. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    I often wonder if she whacked him after the kiss
  9. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    She is certainly a lady who is going to live forever .
  10. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Woman in famous VJ Day 'Kiss' photo dies aged 92 - BBC News

    The woman kissed by a sailor in an iconic photograph marking the end of World War Two has died aged 92.
    Greta Zimmer Friedman died of pneumonia at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, her son Joshua Friedman said.
    Ms Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant when she was grabbed and kissed by George Mendonsa in New York's Times Square on 14 August 1945...
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  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Interesting to read, but I confess that the ending left me muttering irritably under my breath:

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  12. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Sign of the times I'm afraid Charley, life was so much simpler then.
  13. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    That's sad news. I could picture the image as soon as I saw you post.
  15. jimbop

    jimbop Banned

    well they both had a great innings eh?
  16. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

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  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Several threads merged, including 2 relating to deaths of Edith Shrain and Greta Zimmer Friedman...

    V-J Day in Times Square - Wikipedia
    Claiming to be the Female

    Greta Zimmer Friedman
    Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, authors of The Kissing Sailor, a 2012 book about the identity of the couple, used interviews of claimants, expert photo analysis, identifying people in the background and consultations with forensic anthropologists and facial recognition specialists. They concluded that the woman was Greta Zimmer Friedman and that she was wearing her dental hygienist uniform in the photograph.

    "It wasn't my choice to be kissed," Friedman stated in a 2005 interview with the Library of Congress. "The guy just came over and grabbed!" she said, adding, "That man was very strong. I wasn't kissing him. He was kissing me." "I did not see him approaching, and before I know it I was in this tight grip," Friedman told CBS News in 2012. Friedman died at age 92 on September 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, due to age related health complications.

    Edith Shain
    On June 20, 2010, Shain died at age 91 of liver cancer. Verria and Galdorisi's 2012 book stated that Shain could not have been the woman because her height of just 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) was insufficient in comparison with the height of any of the men claiming to be the sailor.
  18. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    WW2 kiss statue vandalised with '#MeToo'
    The day after the death of the US sailor famously photographed kissing a stranger at the end of World War Two, a statue depicting the moment has been vandalised with graffiti reading "#MeToo".

    Red spray paint was used to vandalise the "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday, according to local police.

    Police estimate the cost of the damage to be $1,000 (£765) "due to the large area that the graffiti covers".

  19. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Apparently there is no statute of limitations to applying 2019 sensibilities to iconic events from the past.

    I snapped a girls bra strap in grade eight and now live in fear that she'll one day schedule a news conference!
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  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

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