This Was The Week That Was
Monday 16 November 1998
Tomorrow Auguste Rodin died in 1917; the creator of The Kiss and The Thinker had failed the entrance exam to the cole des Beaux-Arts three times and briefly became a trainee monk. The manuscript of The Trial was sold for pounds 1m in 1988, to the annoyance of the ghost of unlucky Franz Kafka, who had died in poverty.
Wednesday In 1915, Audrey Munson, star of the movie Inspiration, beat Demi Moore to become the first leading lady to get her kit off, although she later branched out into roles that involved keeping her clothes on.
Thursday Count Anthony Matthioli, believed to have been the original for Alexandre Dumas's The Man in the Iron Mask, died in 1703. The recent film of the novel might also have benefited from being locked in the Bastille.
Friday In 1805, Fidelio opened in Vienna; it didn't help that Austria was currently under enemy occupation, that Beethoven was the third composer to have a shot at the libretto, and that the opera had to be extensively revised. Otherwise, Ludwig, a wonderful night.
Saturday Rene Magritte, born a century ago, could not answer the question: "How many Surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?" (A fish.)
Sunday Mae West, showbiz legend who gave her name to the lifebelt, died in 1980.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 5 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
These Harry Potter lipsticks are sparking all sorts of controversy with Hogwarts fans
Game of Thrones season 6: Director promises most exciting premiere yet 'starts off with a bang'
Hunted: Channel 4 to test 'surveillance Britain' by taking Big Brother to sinister new lengths
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'