Woman in Famed “Rosie the Riveter” Painting Dies

Mary Doyle Keefe poses with the iconic image in 2002. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s "Rosie the Riveter" painting that came to symbolize the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, died yesterday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92.

As a young woman, while working as a telephone operator out of her mother's home in Arlington, Vt., Keefe was asked by Rockwell, who lived in West Arlington, to pose for his painting as a hard-working airplane riveter. The work appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, and "Rosie the Riveter" soon became a nationally known icon of American resolve for women assisting in the war effort during World War II.

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