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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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Alternately described as talented, tragic, Machiavellian, or simply mad, musician-actress Courtney Love achieved both fame and infamy in the years that followed the sudden death of her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Coming from a dysfunctional, fractured family, Love spent years in correctional facilities prior to becoming emancipated at age 16 and working as an exotic dancer in locales as far away as Taiwan and Japan. In her twenties, she began to dabble in the music scene as well as hard drugs and managed to land small roles in films like Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986). Love formed the band Hole in 1989, but by 1992 found herself in the spotlight more for being Cobain's wife, than for fronting own rock outfit. The tragic confluence of two separate events - Cobain's suicide and the release of Hole's seminal Live Through This, both in 1994 - threw Love into a maelstrom of intense personal grief and public scrutiny. Following an extended period of bizarre, self-destructive public behavior, the punk princess stunned critics with her bravura performance in director Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), making the newly glamorized Love a Hollywood favorite on the red carpet. As...

Alternately described as talented, tragic, Machiavellian, or simply mad, musician-actress Courtney Love achieved both fame and infamy in the years that followed the sudden death of her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Coming from a dysfunctional, fractured family, Love spent years in correctional facilities prior to becoming emancipated at age 16 and working as an exotic dancer in locales as far away as Taiwan and Japan. In her twenties, she began to dabble in the music scene as well as hard drugs and managed to land small roles in films like Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986). Love formed the band Hole in 1989, but by 1992 found herself in the spotlight more for being Cobain's wife, than for fronting own rock outfit. The tragic confluence of two separate events - Cobain's suicide and the release of Hole's seminal Live Through This, both in 1994 - threw Love into a maelstrom of intense personal grief and public scrutiny. Following an extended period of bizarre, self-destructive public behavior, the punk princess stunned critics with her bravura performance in director Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), making the newly glamorized Love a Hollywood favorite on the red carpet. As she enjoyed her rebirth as a serious actress, she never lost sight of her hard-driving rock, releasing the well-received 1998 album Celebrity Skin while still making a mark in films like "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "200 Cigarettes" (1999). However, Love was still Love, so headline-making legal woes, public sparring matches with Cobain's former bandmates, battles with addiction, and estrangement from her and Cobain's daughter Frances Bean became routine over the decades. Whether condemned or praised, Love never failed to fascinate a public eagerly awaiting her next spontaneous combustion or her possible Phoenix-like rise from the ashes.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Hit So Hard (2011)
4.
 Party's Over (2003) Herself
5.
 Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Herself
6.
 Trapped (2002) Cheryl Tilly
7.
 Beat (2000) Joan Vollmer (Burroughs)
8.
 Man on the Moon (1999) Lynn Margulies
9.
 200 Cigarettes (1999) Lucy
10.
 Kurt & Courtney (1998) Herself
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Oregon
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Spent part of her childhood in New Zealand
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By age 12 was in juvenile detention for shoplifting
1980:
Declared herself an emancipated minor
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Moved to Japan and worked as a stripper
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Traveled throughout Europe and U.S.; worked variously as stripper, singer and movie and TV extra; formed first band Sugar Baby Dolls during this period
1986:
Film debut in Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy;" Love had auditioned for the lead but was cast in smaller role
1987:
Was featured in Cox's "Straight to Hell"
1989:
Formed rock band Hole
1990:
Released first album, "Rat Bastard"
1994:
Husband and Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain committed suicide
1995:
Served as executive music coordinator for "Tank Girl"
1995:
Was one of the subjects of Barbara Walters' TV special, "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995"
1996:
Appeared in small roles in "Feeling Minnesota" and "Basquiat"
1996:
Cast in leading role of Althea Leasure opposite Woody Harrelson in Milos Forman's biopic "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
1998:
Featured in the documentary "Kurt & Courtney"
1999:
Delivered a comedic turn in the ensemble feature "200 Cigarettes"
1999:
Portrayed Lynn Margulies, the girlfriend of comedian Andy Kaufman, opposite Jim Carrey in the Milos Forman-directed biopic "Man on the Moon"
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Formed Epitome Productions with music executive Janet Billig
2000:
Appeared in the Sundance-screened "Beat"
2000:
Forced to drop out of filming "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" after injuring her ankle
2001:
Co-starred with Lili Taylor in the Sundance-screened "Julie Johnson"
2002:
Had starring role in the thriller "Trapped"
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"
2004:
Hosted a two-hour weekly radio show on Los Angeles' 103.1 FM, playing favorites from her own music collection
2005:
Was attached to star as Linda Lovelace in the tentatively titled "Lovelace," the star of 1972's "Deep Throat"
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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

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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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Family close complete family listing

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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