More than six decades after a sailor grabbed and kissed Edith Shain in the iconic photo taken during a World War II victory celebration in Times Square, she locked lips with yet another man in uniform. Just last weekend, the 90-year-old woman got a backstage smooch with a 25-year-old actor who plays a sailor in the show "South Pacific," according to The Daily News. In town for New York City's Veterans Day parade, the little old lady will be honored as the parade's grand marshal.
Shain is one of many who've claimed that it was she whose kiss was captured on Broadway and 45th Street in 1945, but Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Life Magazine photographer who captured the moment, didn’t know either of his subjects. According to Newsday, Shain's guess is as good as his was when it comes to identifying the sailor. Eisenstaedt once visited Shain to deliver a copy of the photo, but did not confirm that she was the subject before he died in 1995.
Says Shain of the kiss:
"I went from Doctors Hospital to Times Square that day because the war was over, and where else does a New Yorker go?" she said. "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."
"As for the picture," she says, "it says so many things — hope, love, peace and tomorrow. The end of the war was a wonderful experience, and that photo represents all those feelings."