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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.
They sang 'Hands To Myself' at the GLAAD Spirit Day concert.
Who says Courtney Love can't do pop? The riot grrrl icon growled out a husky power ballad rendition of Selena Gomez's song 'Hands To Myself' with Justin Tranter on stage at the GLAAD Spirit Day concert last week, an event which the latter helped to organise.
Courtney Love at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
So it might not have been the most melodious cover of a song we have ever heard, but it was nothing short of heartfelt. The 53-year-old former Hole star - who has been a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ community since the 90s - sang along with the ex-Semi Precious Weapons singer at the 'Justin Tranter and GLAAD Present 'Believer' Spirit Day Concert' on Wednesday (October 18th 2017) in Los Angeles.
Continue reading: Courtney Love Rocks Out With Justin Tranter For Selena Gomez Cover
Frances Bean Cobain at the 5th annual 'Hilarity for Charity' Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen's Halloween at Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th October 2016
A theory earlier this week suggested the frontman is still alive and now playing the guitar right-handed.
Nirvana’s official Facebook page have responded to the latest internet conspiracy theory that suggests frontman Kurt Cobain is still alive, over 20 years after his death. The bizarre theory emerged online this week after a video circulated of a Peruvian singer who bore a resemblance to Cobain, performing ‘Come As You Are’.
Kurt Cobain died in 1994, but conspiracy theorists believe the Nirvana frontman lives on
In the video from 2012, singer Ramiro Saavedra was seen performing the track from Nevermind on Peruvian talent show ‘Yo Soy’. Thanks to his blonde hair, sunglass and Cobain-style outfit, Saavedra bore enough of a resemblance to Cobain for some fans to suggest that it actually was the singer, who died in 1994.
Continue reading: Nirvana Respond To The Latest 'Kurt Cobain Is Alive!' Conspiracy Theory
Lutfi, also formerly Britney Spears' manager, allegedly kidnapped Frances' estranged husband Isaiah Silva on June 3rd, according to a police report.
The currently harmonious relationship between Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain looks light it might come under serious strain, after it was alleged that Love’s former manager kidnapped Frances’ estranged husband Isaiah Silva.
Sam Lutfi, who used to be Love’s manager and was also connected closely with Britney Spears during the latter’s public meltdown several years ago, is said to be under investigation from police after they received a report that he had and two other accomplices “grabbed” Silva earlier this month and bundled him into a car, according to an article published by Radar Online after they obtained a police report.
Courtney Love with daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 2015
She's also reportedly trying to ensure Silva has no claim on her father's $450 million estate.
Frances Bean Cobain has filed for divorce from her husband of 21 months, Isaiah Silva, it has been reported.
The Los Angeles Superior Court has confirmed that Frances has split from her husband, the 31 year old frontman of rock group The Eeries. Their separation date is listed as February 24th, 2016, less than two years after they got married in June 2014.
Frances Bean Cobain with Isaiah Silva in 2010
A new album of Cobain's home recordings is being released on November 13th.
Brett Morgen, the director of the Kurt Cobain documentary movie Montage of Heck earlier this year, has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for the “new” album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, which is released next month.
The filmmaker also took the time to defend the project from the criticism that it’s received from some quarters in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Just like The Bootleg Series furthers your understanding of Bob Dylan's process, I find that Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt — an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work within the context of a three-piece band.”
Brett Morgen, director of 'Montage of Heck'
Frances Bean Cobain didn’t invite her mother, Courtney Love, to her wedding to Isaiah Silva.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is married! The 23-year-old wed musician Isaiah Silva, her boyfriend of five years, in a top secret ceremony. The nuptials were so secret that not even Frances’ mother, Courtney Love was informed until after the ceremony was over.
Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva photographed together in 2010.
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.
Continue reading: Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love's Old Apartment Available To Rent On Airbnb
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
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.
Date of birth
9th July, 1964
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