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Eva Ban dies at 94; woman in famous beach photo with President Kennedy
Eva Ban dies at 94; woman in famous beach photo with President Kennedy

Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards. When she took her children to the beach that hot August day, she hadn't counted on meeting the...

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