Courtney Love (born Love Michelle Harrison, 9.7.1964)
Courtney Love is an American songwriter, musician and actress.
Childhood: Courtney Love was born to Linda Carroll and Hank Harrison. Linda was a therapist and Hank was formerly a roadie for The Grateful Dead, as well as being a publisher. Courtney had a turbulent childhood: her parents divorced when she was young and underwent a custody battle, with Linda accusing Hank of having given Courtney LSD at the age of three (though he vehemently denies this).
Courtney mainly lived with her mother, eventually settling in hippy communes in Oregon. She then went to a boarding school in Nelson, New Zealand. Whilst there, she was a huge fan of Bay City Rollers and applied to join the Mickey Mouse Club (which spawned careers for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears) but was rejected after reading a Sylvia Plath poem.
At the age of 16, Love travelled independently around England, financed by a trust fund and hanging out with musicians such as Julian Cope of The Teardrop Explodes, as well as Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen.
Music Career & Acting: Courtney Love's first foray into music was as the singer of Faith No More. Roddy Bottum has since stated that Love's personality did not fit in.
When Courtney Love moved to Portland, Oregon, she formed a band with Kat Bjelland (later of Babes in Toyland) and Jennifer Finch (later of L7), called Sugar Baby Doll (or Sugar Babylon). They wore ripped baby doll dresses, and dubbed their style 'Kinderwhore'.
In 1986, Courtney auditioned for the role of Nancy Spungen in Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy. She lost out to Chloe Webb, but played Nancy's friend Gretchen. Sid Vicious was played by Gary Oldman. The following year, Alex Cox cast Courtney in his spaghetti-western, Straight to Hell, along with Joe Strummer, Grace Jones, Kathy Burke and Dennis Hopper.
After recruiting Eric Erlandson on guitar, Courtney Love formed Hole in 1989. Their debut album, Pretty on the Inside, was produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, as well as Dom Fleming. She made a number of musician friends in this period of her life, including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Shortly before the release of Live Through This, their second studio album, the band was hit by tragedy when Courtney's husband, Kurt Cobain died of an apparent suicide. A few months later, the bass player, Kristen Pfaff also died, of a suspected heroin overdose. She was replaced by Melissa Auf Der Maur.
In 1996, Courtney Love appeared in Milos Forman's biopic The People Vs. Larry Flynt, playing Larry Flynt's wife, Althea. Larry was played by Woody Harrelson and the film also featured Edward Norton (whom she briefly dated). Love's performance was highly acclaimed and her public perception of her abilities started to shift.
Hole's next album, released in 1998 was another success for Love. Entitled Celebrity Skin, the album featured a more polished sound, that Love dubbed 'Fleetwood Smack'. Drummer Patty Schemel had left the band and was replaced by a session drummer, Samantha Malone.
Hole began a US tour in 1999 supporting Marilyn Manson but dropped out half way through.
In 2001, the future of Hole was uncertain. Love started a 'supergroup' named Bastard, with Louise Post of Veruca Salt and bass player Gina Crosley. Crosley was replaced by Corey Parks from Nashville Pussy, but the project never came to fruition.
2004 saw Courtney Love release a solo album entitled America's Sweetheart. The album received mixed reviews but it did not fare as well commercially as previous releases with Hole.
Courtney's second solo album, Nobody's Daughter, was started in 2005, with Linda Perry (former singer of 4 Non Blondes and songwriter for artists such as Pink, among others) at the helm, producing the album. Billy Corgan is also one of the album's collaborators. Among the musicians playing on the album are Schoo Fisher of Ozric Tentacles, Micko Larkin and Bethia Beadman.
In 2009, it was announced that Hole would be reforming, with Micko Larkin (formerly of Larrikin Love) replacing Eric Erlandson. It was also reported that Melissa Auf Der Maur would be re-joining.
Personal Life: Courtney Love married Kurt Cobain, singer, guitarist and lead songwriter of Nirvana, in Hawaii, in 1992. Six months later, Courtney gave birth to their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Kurt Cobain was found dead at their family home, with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head. His suicide note featured lyrics from a Neil Young song, 'My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)'.
In 2006, Courtney Love published her memoir, Dirty Blonde, which featured extracts of her diaries that she had kept since she was young.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's old apartment in Los Angeles is available to rent on Airbnb. The couple lived in the apartment from 1991-1992.
You can now stay in Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's apartment for $150 per night. The apartment, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, is available to rent on Airbnb. The late Nirvana singer and Love lived in the apartment during the early 90s when the band and Cobain were at the height of their fame.
Courtney Love lived in the apartment from 1991-1992 with her husband, Kurt Cobain.
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Courtney Love - A variety of stars turned out in numbers to attend the LA premiere of HBO's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" which was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Kurt Cobain's widow spoke about the experience of watching the new documentary 'Montage of Heck', currently on a limited theatrical release before its TV premiere next month.
Courtney Love has described watching the new documentary ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ with her daughter Frances as a “very healing” experience.
Love was left widowed with an infant daughter after Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. In an interview with V Magazine, the Hole singer said “To see [the movie] in that room with my daughter was very cathartic and I was very happy to spend a little time with him and to find out, to see things and hear audio, and see into his heart.”
Courtney Love spoke about the new documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
Kurt Cobain's daughter, now 22, is a co-executive producer of the forthcoming documentary 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck', and spoke about the film and her father to Rolling Stone.
Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, about the Nirvana frontman, Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about her personal feelings of growing up and being aware of her father’s legend.
Born in 1992, Frances is the only daughter of Cobain and Hole singer Courtney Love. Now 22 years old and a visual artist, she was named as one of the executive producers of the Brett Morgen-directed documentary late last year.
Frances Bean Cobain co-executive produced the new 'Montage of Heck' documentary
Courtney Love - Celebration of the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' with music, words and funny people at The Ace Hotel Theater at The Theater at Ace Hotel Los Angeles CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th April 2015
In a new clip from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary, we discover the birth of grunge pioneers Nirvana; featuring a rare early performance clip, a set of black and white animated sketches seemingly entitled 'The Reaganites' and various notepad scribbles featuring words and phrases that were ultimately replaced by the band name 'Nirvana', including The Mandibles, Window Pain, Seringe, Godchild and Novacain. The film uses art and previously unseen footage and photos to document the rise to fame of Kurt Cobain, his struggles with addiction and his tragic suicide at the age of just 27.
Home movies of the Nirvana legend are featured in this amazing movie.
Some of Kurt Cobain's happiest moments are depicted in the new trailer for the first authorised documentary of his life 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck'; a collection of home movies and never before seen footage directed by Brett Morgen and executively produced by Frances Bean.
Kurt Cobain's life story comes to life in 'Montage of Heck'
While his early life saw the late Kurt Cobain as a happy-go-lucky child with a profound creative talent, the years following his parents' divorce were nothing short of tempestuous for the young musician. Though still hungry for music, songwriting and drawing, Cobain developed struggles with anger and rejection throughout his teenage years, setting him up for a success that would ultimately bring about his downfall. And while it seemed his astonishing success with grunge pioneers Nirvana in the 90s was a high point in his life, not to mention his relationship with Courtney Love and the birth of their daughter Frances, it only led to a tragic end.
Madonna has weighed in on the Dolce and Gabbana IVF controversy. Which other celebrities have offered their views?
Madonna has offered her opinion on the Dolce And Gabbana controversy and firmly supports Elton John's views. The controversy stems from a comment made by designer Domenico Dolce in an interview in an Italian magazine, Panorama. In the interview, Dolce described children born by IVF as "synthetic babies". The March issue of the magazine was released on 12th March but the backlash against the duo continues with many celebrities and LGBT groups calling for a boycott of the label and protesters picketing D&G stores.
Madonna at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Kurt Cobain was trapped in a troubled homelife as a child with his parents having divorced, and it wasn't long before he embarked on a tragic path of self-destruction. Deliberately rebellious as a teenager with a lot of pent up anger and frustration, Cobain's creative talents were obvious to those who knew him as he'd constantly be working on songwriting or artwork. The fame of his grunge pioneer band Nirvana brought a lot of dangerous issues including drug use, and it took its toll on his relationship with Courtney Love, with whom he bore a child. It seemed he was happy to be building a family of his own, but his sudden suicide at the age of 27 was not unforeseen for a musician so determined to bring peace to his own mind.
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Courtney Love - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Courtney Love - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Check out the haunting first image from Brett Morgen's upcoming film.
The first image from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' has finally been released, giving us a glimpse into one of the most highly anticipated music documentaries of late.
First picture from 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
The movie has been executively produced by the Nirvana frontman's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean and marks the very first authorized documentary on the grunge legend, who tragically took his own life at the peak of Nirvana fame in 1994. The first image is a haunting painting of the singer walking away from a blue, wooden panelled house surrounded by trees, as the dull, dark grey sky bears down on him.
The late Nirvana frontman’s daughter Frances Bean will executive produce the documentary, while Cobain's widow Courtney Love is not involved.
HBO have announced they will be airing the first ever 'authorised' documentary on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Entitled ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’, the film has been directed and produced by Brett Morgen, who previously followed The Rolling Stones for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ in 2012.
'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' will show on HBO in 2015
Morgen is said to have been working on the project since 2007, with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Frances Bean Cobain. the only daughter of the late singer, is serving as an exec producer on the documentary, while HBO has confirmed Courtney Love will not be involved.
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The Hole frontwoman also confided her questionable finance management secrets.
Courtney Love’s $27 million in expenses might seem like a rather shocking amount, but she isn’t too worried – or at all, really. In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, the “Hole” frontwoman made the startling confession that she had burned through millions of “Nirvana money” in a very short time, having spent most of it on s number of lawsuits through the years.
Courtney Love's financial strategy is rather unorthodox to say the least.
Not one to worried, however, Love maintains her chill attitude about the whole thing: "I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
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Date of birth
9th July, 1964