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Also Known As: Courtney Michelle Harrison, Love Michelle Harrison, Courtney Love-Cobain Died:
Born: July 9, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, stripper

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One of the more polarizing figures in music, Courtney Love was either one of the great heroes or villains of the indie-rock movement. She was born in San Francisco and grew up around Haight-Ashbury; her mother was a psychotherapist and her father a Grateful Dead roadie. Her family moved to New Zealand in 1972; she was expelled from the prestigious Nelson College for Girls soon afterward. By the time she hit twenty Love had worked as a topless dancer, been arrested for shoplifting in Portland OR, cohabitated with songwriter Julian Cope in England, and been deported from Taiwan after working illegally as an exotic dancer. Moving between Portland, Minneapolis and San Francisco, Love studied acting and formed her first band, the Pagan Babies, with respective future Babes in Toyland and L7 members Kat Bjelland and Jennifer Finch. She made her film debut playing a small role in "Sid & Nancy" (1986) after director Alex Cox rejected her for the role of Nancy Spungen; however Cox made her a lead in his next movie, the spaghetti-western pastiche "Straight to Hell" (1987). Moving to Los Angeles in 1988 she formed the first lineup of Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon produced...

One of the more polarizing figures in music, Courtney Love was either one of the great heroes or villains of the indie-rock movement. She was born in San Francisco and grew up around Haight-Ashbury; her mother was a psychotherapist and her father a Grateful Dead roadie. Her family moved to New Zealand in 1972; she was expelled from the prestigious Nelson College for Girls soon afterward. By the time she hit twenty Love had worked as a topless dancer, been arrested for shoplifting in Portland OR, cohabitated with songwriter Julian Cope in England, and been deported from Taiwan after working illegally as an exotic dancer. Moving between Portland, Minneapolis and San Francisco, Love studied acting and formed her first band, the Pagan Babies, with respective future Babes in Toyland and L7 members Kat Bjelland and Jennifer Finch. She made her film debut playing a small role in "Sid & Nancy" (1986) after director Alex Cox rejected her for the role of Nancy Spungen; however Cox made her a lead in his next movie, the spaghetti-western pastiche "Straight to Hell" (1987). Moving to Los Angeles in 1988 she formed the first lineup of Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon produced their 1991 debut Pretty on the Inside, which was more confrontational and less pop-friendly than what followed. History took its course soon afterward when she went to a Dharma Bums show in Portland and met her future husband Kurt Cobain. The pair became the grunge movement's notorious glamor couple. Love alternately confirmed and denied that she was using heroin while pregnant with their daughter Frances Bean; she did pose semi-naked for Vanity Fair while pregnant with a cigarette that was airbrushed out. Cobain was said to have worked extensively behind the scenes on Hole's sophomore album Live Through This, which was released four days after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The album was widely praised and sympathy for Love initially ran high, however her behavior on tour became increasingly unhinged with onstage tirades and occasional physical outbursts. During 1995's Lollapalooza tour she had a backstage altercation with Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna; Sinead O'Connor was traumatized enough to quit the tour over it. Love's later career held some genuine triumphs, including Hole's next album Celebrity Skin-- a polished pop album that reveled in the dark side of Hollywood-and her starring role in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). However her one solo album, America's Sweetheart (2004) was a relative flop; as was 2010's Nobody's Daughter, essentially a solo album credited to a reunited Hole. She saw numerous stints in rehab during the 2000s, and in 2009 lost custody of her daughter for reasons unspecified. She made headlines again in 2018 when Frances Bean's ex-husband Isaiah Silva sued Love and several others, claiming they'd plotted to murder him over his ownership of a Kurt Cobain guitar. Love has continued acting in the 2010s-including James Franco's "The Long Home" (2019)-but has made no music since the 2010 Hole album.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 JT Leroy (2018)
3.
 Long Home, The (2017)
4.
 R.E.M. by MTV (2014)
5.
6.
 Hit So Hard (2011)
7.
9.
 Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Herself
10.
 Party's Over (2003) Herself
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Milestones close milestones

1999:
Delivered a comedic turn in the ensemble feature "200 Cigarettes"
1994:
Husband and Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain committed suicide
1995:
Was one of the subjects of Barbara Walters' TV special, "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995"
2014:
Appeared in a pair of Fall Out Boy music videos
2001:
Co-starred with Lili Taylor in the Sundance-screened "Julie Johnson"
2004:
Made an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman"; during the show she repeatedly flashed her breasts to Letterman, including standing on his desk, breasts exposed to him, while singing a few bars of "Danny Boy"
1987:
Was featured in Cox's "Straight to Hell"
2000:
Appeared in the Sundance-screened "Beat"
2000:
Forced to drop out of filming "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" after injuring her ankle
2002:
Had starring role in the thriller "Trapped"
1995:
Served as executive music coordinator for "Tank Girl"
2015:
Had a two-episode arc on "Empire"
:
Filmed "The Long Home" with James Franco
1996:
Appeared in small roles in "Feeling Minnesota" and "Basquiat"
1999:
Portrayed Lynn Margulies, the girlfriend of comedian Andy Kaufman, opposite Jim Carrey in the Milos Forman-directed biopic "Man on the Moon"
1996:
Cast in leading role of Althea Leasure opposite Woody Harrelson in Milos Forman's biopic "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
1986:
Made film debut in Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy;" Love had auditioned for the lead but was cast in a smaller role
2004:
Hosted a two-hour weekly radio show on Los Angeles' 103.1 FM, playing favorites from her own music collection
1989:
Formed rock band Hole
1990:
Released first album, <i>Rat Bastard</i>
1998:
Featured in the documentary "Kurt & Courtney"
2014:
Had a recurring role on "Sons of Anarchy"
2015:
Played White Gold on three episodes of "Revenge"
2017:
Played real-life murder victim Kitty Menendez in TV movie "Menendez: Blood Brothers"
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Notes

In 2001, Love became something of a spokesperson for artists' rights, frequently complaining about how corporations that own music labels cheat bands out of royalties and attempt to control the music. In an ironic twist, Love herself came under fire by members of Nirvana, the band fronted by her late husband Kurt Cobain who accused her of attempting to seize control of the group's recordings for her own financial gain.

"The welcome that I get from the grown-ups in the film industry is so nice. It frightens me .,, It's like being popular all of a sudden. You know? It's like losing 100 pounds in public really quickly and not knowing you did--and not ever knowing you were fat." --Courtney Love, quoted in Premiere, February 1997.

"My agent kept saying I was a cross between Bette Midler and Madonna. But I kept saying, 'No, I'm not. Fuck you. I'm James Dean. I'm Sean Penn." --Courtney Love in Vanity Fair June 1995.

"Courtney is the definition of a star. She both excites people and provokes them. She's on the beat and pulse of the time. Mostly, though, she's talented." --David Geffen in Vanity Fair, June 1995.

"With me and Kurt, it was either Bonnie and Clyde, Sid and Nancy, or mommy. That's where it got at the end, but the rest of the time it was equal. The equality was based on Bonnie and Clyde, which is fucking goddamn fun. And Romeo and Juliet. But it was also Hamlet and Hamlet. Not Hamlet and Ophelia. These two fucking Hamlets sitting around." --Love quoted in Spin, c. 1995

In October 2003, Love was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a narcotic after police responded to a burglary call, and was taken to a treatment center; was latered charged with two felony drug counts on October 28, 2003, in a complaint that specified she illegally possessed painkillers

Courtney Love was arrested at a Manhattan nightclub Thursday March 18, 2004, for allegedly throwing a microphone stand that struck a 24-year-old man in the head; Police say Love could now face charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault

On July 27, 2004, Love was ordered to enroll in a rehab program during which she will undergo substance abuse counseling and random drug tests

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
James Moreland. Divorced.
husband:
Kurt Cobain. Singer, musician. Lead singer of Nirvana; married 1992 until his death in 1994.
companion:
Trent Reznor. Singer, musician. Lead singer of band Nine Inch Nails; together briefly in 1994.
companion:
Edward Norton. Actor. Dated from 1996 to c. 1998.
companion:
Jim Barber. Record company executive. Dated from 1999 to December 2000; reportedly the couple was engaged even though he was still married at the time.
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grandmother:
Paula Fox. Author. In a March 2001 interview with <i>The New York Times</i>, it was revealed that Fox was the birth mother of Love's mom who had been given up for adoption.
father:
Hank Harrison. Publisher. Divorced from Love's mother c. 1966; born c. 1940.
mother:
Linda Carroll. Psychotherapist. Divorced from Love's father c. 1966; remarried twice; adopted; later discovered that author Paula Fox was her birth mother.
step-father:
Frank Rodriguez. Teacher. Married to Love's mother c. 1968, raised Love till age seven.
step-father:
David Manely.
half-sister:
Nicole Rodriguez. Younger.
half-sister:
Jamie Rodriguez. Younger.
daughter:
Frances Bean Cobain. Born c. 1992; placed with her paternal grandmother after Love's arrest Oct. 2, 2003 on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love: In Their Own Words" Omnibus Press
"Courtney Love: Queen of Noise: A Most Unauthorized Biography" Pocket Books
"Courtney Love: The Real Story" Simon & Schuster
"Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Mysterious Death of an Icon" Carol Publishing
"Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain" Hyperion
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