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Lady in Famous

V-J Day Pic

'Memba Her?!

4/22/2010 4:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Edith Shain is the woman getting kissed by a sailor in that famous 1945 V-J Day in Times Square photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Guess what she looks like now!

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Me    

classic picture. It's sad because now-a-days he would be nailed with sexual harassment and sued.

1456 days ago
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Scotty    

I hope that you know that this photo was always a fake, these two posed for it!

1456 days ago
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agree    

LOL! You idiots used the work infamy in the wrong context. It means something evil!



Main Entry: in·fa·my
Pronunciation: \-mē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural in·fa·mies
Date: 15th century
1 : evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal
2 a : an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act b : the state of being infamous



synonyms - disgrace

1456 days ago
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flowers    

a picture that will live on forever.



boys leaving for war in the european and pacific theaters only to return as men. they stepped up to the plate because it was something that had to be done.



no politically correct fighting back then.

1456 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

That lady has seaman all over the front of her dress! LOL

1456 days ago
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Lorrie    

I've always adored this picture, truly a classic.

1456 days ago
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Smooch    

You guys do realize that about 15 women have come forward over the years claiming to be the woman in the photo and none have ever had proof nor been proven to be her. We also have no idea who the man is. This picture will forever be a cultural mystery. Sure people have come forth with "evidence" but nothing solid. Even the photographer said it was random and that he never got names. Its a highly researched photo. I'm surprised you didn't do YOUR research!

1456 days ago
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Smooch    

OooooNooo! - Your maturity and "wit" is overwhelming

1456 days ago
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momof1    

Acutally "Smooch" we do know who the woman is. The couple were the featured guests in the annual 4th of July parade in Bristol, RI last year. It's the country's longest running parade...and last year they were there. The real ppl...(I honestly don't know their names but saw them).

1456 days ago
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CelebrityScum    

Very nice. Back when boys were men at 18. Not like the rappers, spoiled sports stars, yo boys and liberal men of today. Could you imagine them beating the Nazis! LoL!

1456 days ago
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Scotty    

The woman was a model hired by the photographer and he asked her to kiss a stranger (the sailor) whom they just met. It's a staged photo, these two were never a couple.

1455 days ago
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momof1    

Scotty the woman was NOT hired by the photographer.



Edith Shain is the woman and George Mendonca is the man.



Identity of the kissers

Edith Shain wrote to Eisenstaedt in the late 1970s claiming to be the woman in the picture.[6] In August 1945, Shain was working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City as a nurse when she and a friend heard on the radio that World War II had ended. They went to Times Square where all the celebrating was and as soon as she arrived on the street from the subway, the sailor grabbed her in an embrace and kissed her. She related that at the time she thought she might as well let him kiss her since he fought for her in the war. Shain did not make a claim that she was the woman in the white dress until many years later when she wrote to Eisenstaedt. He notified the magazine that he had received her letter claiming to be the subject.



Since the identity of the nurse had been claimed, in its August 1980 issue, the editors of Life asked that the kissing sailor come forward. In the October 1980 issue, the editors reported that eleven men and three women had come forward claiming to be the subjects of the photograph.



Listed in the October 1980 issue as claiming to be the nurse were Greta Friedman and Barbara Sokol as well as Shain.



Those claiming to be the sailor were Donald Bonsack, John Edmonson, Wallace C. Fowler, Clarence "Bud" Harding, Walker Irving, James Kearney, Marvin Kingsburg, Arthur Leask, George Mendonça, Jack Russell, and Bill Swicegood.[7]



George Mendonça of Newport, Rhode Island, was identified by a team of volunteers from the Naval War College in August 2005 as "the kisser". His claim was based on matching his scars and tattoos to scars and tattoos in the photograph.[6] They made their determination after much study including photographic analysis by the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who were able to match scars and tattoo spotted by photograph experts, and the testimony of one Richard M. Benson, a photograph analysis expert, professor of photographic studies, plus the former Dean of the School of Arts at Yale University. Mr Benson has stated that, "It is therefore my opinion, based upon a reasonable degree of certainty, that George Mendonça is the sailor in Mr. Eisenstaedt's famous photograph."[6]

1455 days ago
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Michelle    

It's sad this only gets 12 comments and Lindsay Lohan has 80.

1455 days ago
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Scotty    

Momof1 : Where do you get your information? There have been do***entaries on this photograph. How do you know that this wasn't a staged photo, even if they've located or identified the "participants"? It makes a better story if random people posed this way, but sadly it doesn't seem likely to be true. And photographers don't always admit to the lengths they went to, especially when a photo becomes SO famous!

1455 days ago
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Miss Mama    

here is a quote I found from her



"I went from Doctors Hospital to Times Square that day because the war was over, and where else does a New Yorker go? And this guy grabbed me and we kissed, and then I turned one way and he turned the other. There was no way to know who he was, but I didn't mind because he was someone who had fought for me."



it was taken off of http://www.mahalo.com/edith-shain

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