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.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes