Woman kissing sailor in iconic Times Square photo dies at 92


A visitor takes a snapshot of ‘VJ Day a Times Square, New York, NY, 1945’ by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the ‘Life. I grandi fotografi’ (Life. The great photographers) exhibition at the auditorium on April 30, 2013 in Rome. The exhibition showing some 150 pictures taken from 1936 when the US magazine Life magazine premiered will be open from May, 1 to August 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY CREDIT OF THE ARTIST, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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The woman who appeared in one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century has died at the age of 92, her son tells the Daily News.

The famed Alfred Eisenstaedt photo shows Greta Zimmer Friedman being kissed by a sailor in Times Square as Americans celebrated Japan’s surrender in 1945.

Greta’s appearance was quite accidental. She was reportedly working as a dental assistant when she heard the rumors about Japan surrendering, so she swung by Times Square to investigate. When she arrived, a sailor on leave named George Mendonsa was so overjoyed by the war’s end that he grabbed her and planted a kiss.

Greta’s son Joshua told the newspaper that his mother had been ill for some time, but recently contracted pneumonia. She will be laid to rest alongside her late husband, Mischa, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Greta is survived by two children, two grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mendonsa is retired and living in Rhode Island. He is 93.

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