TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Who was Time magazine’s first woman of the year?

January 7, 2014 – Who was the first female to be named Time’s “woman of the year?”

Born Bessie Wallis Warfield, Wallis Simpson grabbed headlines as the American socialite whom British King Edward VIII fell in love with and abdicated the throne to marry.

Their affair while Simpson was still married outraged the royal family, and when she divorced to marry the king, he was told he could not marry her and keep the throne. The “abdication crisis” was a great scandal in Britain.