Courtney Love
American musician
Courtney Love
Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress and artist. Love initially gained notoriety in the Los Angeles indie rock scene as vocalist and rhythm guitarist of alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989, later receiving international critical and commercial acclaim for their albums Live Through This (1994) and Celebrity Skin (1998).
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Frances Bean Cobain's New Modeling Gig Is So Not Surprising
Huffington Post - 30 days
What do Cher, Willow Smith, Susan Sarandon and Frances Bean Cobain have in common? Why, they’re all Marc Jacobs muses, of course.  Cobain is starring in Jacobs’ spring/summer 2017 campaign. In an interview with Vogue, the 24-year-old rock offspring called Jacobs an “underdog for the masses,” for whom she made an exception when she agreed to model.  “I wouldn’t have done it with anyone other than Marc,” she said. "I first met Frances Bean when she was 2 years old at a dinner with her mom (Courtney) and Anna Sui in 1994 at Bar Six in NYC. I have always wanted to work with Frances. Her beauty, uniqueness, and strength is something I have long admired and respected. Few things remain as constant as my continued inspiration from those whose honesty, integrity, courage, and curiosity lead them to explore and venture beyond preconceived boundaries. Photographed by David Sims, I am pleased to share the first image of Frances Bean Cobain for our Spring/Summer 2017 campaign ...
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PHOTOS: Courtney Love and Frances Bean Head to Fashion Week Together
ABC News - 5 months
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Marc Jacobs sparkles as NY Fashion Week wraps up
Yahoo News - 5 months
Marc Jacobs, the creme de la creme of American designers, brought New York Fashion Week to a glittering finale Thursday, delivering a must-see show starring multi-colored dreadlocks and towering platform boots. In keeping with the artistic, theatrical look of his clothes, Jacobs took over the Hammerstein Ballroom, a former opera house, that gave A-list guests Whoopi Goldberg and Courtney Love, as well as the assembled press, a stunning view. The stage was bathed in white, then soft pink from hundreds of naked light bulbs suspended from the ceiling, as some of the world's most famous models -- including Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner -- sashayed past.
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Scene City: Chloë Sevigny, Courtney Love and Jeremy Scott Party at Fashion Week
NYTimes - 5 months
Monday night’s parties included photography with W magazine, dinner with Purple magazine and clubbing with Jeremy Scott.
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Marc Jacobs unveils Cara Delevingne and Marilyn Manson as latest Fall campaign stars
Yahoo News - 8 months
Cara Delevingne, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson are among the smattering of celebrities handpicked by Marc Jacobs for his new Autumn / Winter 2016 campaign. The trio are the latest models to be unveiled by the fashion designer, who has been drip-feeding glimpses of the campaign on social media over the past few weeks. The series of portraits features a cast including rapper Missy Elliott, musician St Vincent and actress Sissy Spacek, all of whom were captured by photographer David Sims.
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Saint Laurent debuts new collection in glittering LA show
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Saint Laurent showed its new men's collection in Los Angeles on Wednesday in front of a host of stars amid persistent rumors over the future of its artistic director Hedi Slimane. The French fashion house showcased its autumn-winter collection, and part of its women's range, to a backdrop of raucous punk rock at the Hollywood Palladium, five days ahead of the music industry's prestigious Grammy Awards. Rocker and actress Courtney Love joined Oscar nominees Lady Gaga and Sylvester Stallone, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in the front row.
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I Spent $11,537 Becoming A Blonde
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Photo: Holger Scheibe/Corbis) By Catherine Baab-Muguira When I realized my hair was turning orange under the white dye goo, I finally hit send on the text I was hoping to avoid: "EMERGENCY. I'm getting something really stupid done to my hair." My friend Nicole left work and rushed to join me. But first, I had to send her the address of the cheap chain salon, embarrassing enough all on its own. Nicole has lustrous hair and healthy self-respect. I saw her eyes bug as she clocked my goopy head, the indifferent stylist already wandering away to shampoo another customer. Related: 6 Natural Hair Treatments That Actually Work "This morning, I ran the numbers," I told her, my cheeks hot. "Since 2010 alone, I've spent something like $11,285 on highlights. Including $2,546 this last year." "Right. But didn't you text me that you weren't going to do this anymore?" "And then I looked at my roots and I panicked," I whispered. "I need a hair breathalyzer. Like the courts pu ...
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The Goblin King Is Dead, Long Live the Goblin King: An Elegy for David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Original art courtesy of Francesca Giaimo. When I was eight or nine my family and I were living in Thailand. Back in those 1980's technological dark ages, it was customary that if you wanted to watch new American movies you'd get a bootleg VHS tape from any number of available sources. The tapes were often shaky hand-held deals of someone pirating in an actual movie theater, replete with other viewers getting up to use the toilet in the days when seeing a 90-minute film was pushing a person's normal bladder capacity. And so it was that a crappy version of Labyrinth ended up in my little hands, sparking the longest love affair I've ever had with a man. I remember sitting on the floor looking up at The Goblin King, his gorgeous face, that wild hair, and that enigmatic bulge in his trousers, and I'd fallen under his spell. A year or so later, I not only had the film perfectly memorized -- a parlor trick I can perform to this day -- I had literally worn out the tape spool and we ...
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In Defense Of Working Out While High
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Photo: Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images) By Allison P. Davis This October, a study suggested that "runner's high" was real. We're not talking about an endorphin rush or a school-counselor-approved "high on life" situation, but an actual high, akin to smoking weed. Running, scientists have found, activates our cannabinoid receptors, which regulate pain, mood, appetite, and memory. These are the same receptors that THC binds to when you ingest marijuana. Put another way, running offers the same sort of euphoria, reduced anxiety, and pain relief associated with smoking a nice doobie. Related: 5 Easy Workout Moves From a Victoria's Secret Model The paper, published in PNAS, only studied mice, but humans were very excited about it. Still, while running might very well get you stoned, one high does not exclude the other. In fact, I've found that while a workout high can be pretty good, working out while high is even better. It's hard to think of a sport that wouldn't be improve ...
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Designer-to-be Courtney Love's best fashion moments
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Rocker and grunge icon Courtney Love is set to make her own mark on the fashion industry by joining forces with retailer Nasty Gal on a new "killer collaboration," it has been revealed. The project is shrouded in secrecy for the moment, but if the musician's bold personal style is anything to go by, this will be one of the fashion highlights of 2016. On the red carpet at the 57th Golden Globe Awards, Love showed off her gift for blending grunge and glamour -- a combination that would become her signature look.
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Here's How Celebrities Celebrated Christmas 2015
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Celebrities! They're just like us! Some of them celebrate Christmas and Instagram their celebrations. Just like us!   Mariah Carey chilled with Santa because she "knows" him.  #meandmyfriendsanta " I know him!!! " A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:56am PST #santaclauseiscomingtotown #dreamscometrue #christmaswishes A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:54am PST Lily Collins broke out a festive sweater.  Monkey see, Monkey hear, Monkey do #cheekyChristmasmonkey #lifeimitatingfashion... A photo posted by Lily Collins (@lilyjcollins) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:29am PST Khloe Kardashian had some bonding time with Mason, North and Penelope.  Merry Christmas Mase x KoKo A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:14am PST How cute is #NorthWest #KhloeKardashian ...
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Here's How Celebrities Celebrated Christmas 2015
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Celebrities! They're just like us! Some of them celebrate Christmas and Instagram their celebrations. Just like us!   Mariah Carey chilled with Santa because she "knows" him.  #meandmyfriendsanta " I know him!!! " A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:56am PST #santaclauseiscomingtotown #dreamscometrue #christmaswishes A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:54am PST Lily Collins broke out a festive sweater.  Monkey see, Monkey hear, Monkey do #cheekyChristmasmonkey #lifeimitatingfashion... A photo posted by Lily Collins (@lilyjcollins) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:29am PST Khloe Kardashian had some bonding time with Mason, North and Penelope.  Merry Christmas Mase x KoKo A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:14am PST How cute is #NorthWest #KhloeKardashian A photo posted by The S ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Courtney Love
  • 2016
    In 2016, Love endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Love also publicly advocated for reform of the record industry in a personal letter published by Salon. In the letter, Love stated: "It's not piracy when kids swap music over the Internet using Napster or Gnutella or Freenet or iMesh or beaming their CDs into a or music locker. It's piracy when those guys that run those companies make side deals with the cartel lawyers and label heads so that they can be "the labels' friend," and not the artists." In a subsequent interview with Carrie Fisher, Love divulged that she was interested in starting a union for recording artists, and also discussed race relations in the music industry, advocating for record companies to "put money back into the black community whom white people have been stealing from for years." She also cited Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst as an example of "a white guy getting to express a black man's rage with all the privileges of being a white guy." Love has also consistently advocated for LGBT rights, and identifies as a feminist.
    In May 2016, it was announced that Love was cast in a lead role in The Possibility of Fireflies, an adaptation of the novel by Dominique Paul, directed by Deborah Chow.
    More Details Hide Details Spins October 1991 review of Hole's first album noted Love's layering of harsh and abrasive riffs buried more sophisticated musical arrangements. In 1998, Love stated that Hole had "always been a pop band. We always had a subtext of pop. I always talked about it, if you go back... what'll sound like some weird Sonic Youth tuning back then to you was sounding like the Raspberries to me, in my demented pop framework".
    In January 2016, Love released a clothing line in collaboration with Sophia Amoruso titled "Love, Courtney," featuring eighteen pieces reflecting Love's style over the course of her career.
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  • 2015
    In the spring of 2015, Love joined Lana Del Rey on her Endless Summer Tour, performing as an opener on the tour's eight west coast shows.
    More Details Hide Details During her tenure on Del Rey's tour, Love debuted a new single, "Miss Narcissist," released on Wavves' independent label Ghost Ramp. She also was cast in a supporting role in James Franco's film The Long Home, based on William Gay's novel of the same name, marking her first film role in over ten years.
    In addition to television acting, Love collaborated with theater producer Todd Almond, starring in Kansas City Choir Boy, a collaborative "pop opera" which showed at the Manhattan arts center Here during their annual Prototype festival in January 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The show toured later in the year, with performances in Boston and Los Angeles.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Love was cast in several television series in supporting parts, including the FX series Sons of Anarchy, Revenge, and in Lee Daniels' network series Empire in a recurring guest role as Elle Dallas.
    More Details Hide Details The track "Walk Out on Me" featuring Love was included on the Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 album, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Love's contribution to the album was critically acclaimed. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian praised the track, saying: "The idea of Courtney Love singing a ballad with a group of gospel singers seems faintly terrifying... the reality is brilliant. Love’s voice fits the careworn lyrics, effortlessly summoning the kind of ravaged darkness that Lana Del Rey nearly ruptures herself trying to conjure up."
    On May 1, 2014, in an interview with Pitchfork, Love commented further on the possibility of Hole reuniting, saying: "I'm not going to commit to it happening, because we want an element of surprise.
    More Details Hide Details There's a lot of i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed."
    It was released as a double A-side single with the song "Wedding Day" on May 4, 2014 on her own label Cherry Forever Records via Kobalt Label Services.
    More Details Hide Details The tracks were produced by Michael Beinhorn, and feature Tommy Lee on drums. In an interview with the BBC, Love revealed that she and former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson had reconciled, and had been rehearsing new material together, along with former bassist Melissa Auf der Maur and drummer Patty Schemel, though did not confirm a reunion of the band.
    On April 22, 2014, Love debuted the song "You Know My Name" on BBC Radio 6 to promote her tour of the United Kingdom.
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    Between 2014 and 2015, she debuted two solo singles, and also saw a return to acting in the network series Empire and Sons of Anarchy.
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  • 2013
    Love completed a solo tour of North America in the summer of 2013, which was purported to be in promotion of an upcoming solo album; however, it was ultimately dubbed a "greatest hits" tour, and featured songs from Love's and Hole's back catalogue.
    More Details Hide Details Love told Billboard at the time that she had recorded eight songs in the studio. "songs are not my usual (style)," Love said. "I don't have any Fleetwood Mac references on it. Usually I always have a Fleetwood Mac reference as well as having, like, Big Black references. These are very unique songs that sort of magically happened."
  • 2012
    After solo performances in December 2012 and January 2013, Love appeared in advertisements for Yves Saint Laurent alongside Kim Gordon and Ariel Pink.
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    In May 2012, Love debuted an art collection at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York titled "And She's Not Even Pretty", which contained over forty drawings and paintings by Love composed in ink, colored pencil, pastels, and watercolors.
    More Details Hide Details She then collaborated with Michael Stipe on the track "Rio Grande" for Johnny Depp's sea shanty album Son of Rogues Gallery and also contributed guest vocals and co-wrote a track on Fall Out Boy's album, Save Rock and Roll (2013).
  • 2010
    Love and the band toured internationally from 2010 into late 2012 promoting the record, after which she dropped the Hole name and returned to a solo career.
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  • 2009
    In June 2009, NME published an article detailing Love's plan to reunite Hole and release a new album, Nobody's Daughter.
    More Details Hide Details In response, former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson stated in Spin magazine that contractually no reunion could take place without his involvement; therefore Nobody's Daughter would remain Love's solo record, as opposed to a "Hole" record. Love responded to Erlandson's comments in a Twitter post, claiming "he's out of his mind, Hole is my band, my name, and my Trademark". Nobody's Daughter was released worldwide as a Hole album on April 27, 2010. For the new line-up, Love recruited guitarist Micko Larkin, Shawn Dailey (bass guitar), and Stu Fisher (drums, percussion). Nobody's Daughter featured material written and recorded for Love's unfinished solo album, How Dirty Girls Get Clean, including "Pacific Coast Highway", "Letter to God", "Samantha", and "Never Go Hungry", although they were re-produced in the studio with Larkin and engineer Michael Beinhorn. The album's subject matter was largely centered on Love's tumultuous life between 2003 and 2007, and featured a polished folk-rock sound, and featuring more acoustic guitar work than found on previous Hole albums.
  • 2006
    Nobody's Daughter was lyrically reflective of Love's past relationships and her struggle to sobriety, with the majority of its lyrics written while she was in rehab in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Poetry has often been a major influence on her writing; Love said she had "always wanted to be a poet, but there was no money in it." She has named the works of T.S. Eliot and Charles Baudelaire as influential. Love possesses a contralto vocal range, and her vocal style has been described as "raw and distinctive." She has referred to herself as "a shit guitar player", further commenting: "I can write a song, but I have trouble with the execution of it". According to Love, she never wanted to be a singer, but rather aspired to be a skilled guitarist: "I'm such a lazy bastard though that I never did that", Love said. "I was always the only person with the nerve to sing, and so I got stuck with it". She has been regularly noted by critics for her husky vocals as well as her "banshee-like" screaming abilities. Her vocals have been compared to those of Johnny Rotten, and David Fricke of Rolling Stone described them as "lung-busting" and "a corrosive, lunatic wail". Upon the release of Hole's 2010 album, Nobody's Daughter, Amanda Petrusich of Pitchfork compared Love's raspy, unpolished vocals to those of Bob Dylan.
  • 2005
    Love had written several songs, including an anti-cocaine song titled "Loser Dust", during her time in rehab in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details She told Billboard: "My hand-eye coordination was so bad the drug use, I didn't even know chords anymore. It was like my fingers were frozen. And I wasn't allowed to make noise rehab... I never thought I would work again." Some tracks and demos from the album (initially planned for release in 2008) were leaked on the internet in 2006, and a documentary entitled The Return of Courtney Love, detailing the making of the album, aired on the British television network in the fall of that year. A rough acoustic version of "Never Go Hungry Again", recorded during an interview for The Times in November, was also released. Incomplete audio clips of the song "Samantha", originating from an interview with NPR, were also distributed on the internet in 2007.
  • 2004
    On July 9, 2004, Love's 40th birthday, she attempted to commit suicide at her Manhattan apartment, and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, allegedly incoherent, and put on a 72-hour watch.
    More Details Hide Details According to police, she was believed to be a potential "danger to herself," but was deemed mentally sound and released to a rehab facility two days later. In 2005 and 2006, after making several public appearances clearly intoxicated (namely on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson) and suffering drug-related arrests and probation violations, Love was sentenced to six months in lockdown rehab due to struggles with prescription drugs and cocaine. She has stated she has been sober since 2007, and in May 2011, confirmed her sobriety. In 2009, fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir brought a libel suit against Love concerning a defamatory post Love made on her Twitter account, which was settled for $450,000. Six years later, Simorangkir filed another lawsuit against Love for further defamatory Twitter posts, and Love paid a further $350,000 in recompense. A similar suit was brought against Love by her former attorney Rhonda Holmes in 2014, who also accused Love of online defamation, seeking $8 million in damages. It was the first case of alleged Twitter-based libel in U.S. history to make it to trial. The jury, however, found in Love's favor.
    Love also collaborated on a manga comic titled Princess Ai, illustrated by Misaho Kujiradou and Ai Yazawa, which was released in July 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Love released a memoir, titled Dirty Blonde, and started recording what was going to be her second solo album, How Dirty Girls Get Clean, collaborating again with Perry and Smashing Pumpkins vocalist/guitarist Billy Corgan in the writing and recording.
    On March 18, 2004, Love was arrested in New York City for allegedly striking a 24-year-old male fan with a microphone stand at a concert at the Bowery Ballroom.
    More Details Hide Details On the morning of March 22, 2004, Love called in numerous times to the Howard Stern Show, making various claims and speaking erratically; in conversations with Stern, she claimed that the incident with the fan had not occurred, and that Natasha Lyonne, one of the concertgoers, was told by the alleged victim that he had been paid $10,000 to file a false claim leading to Love's arrest.
  • 2003
    Love signed with Virgin Records to release it, and initially recorded it in France, but was forced by the label to re-record the entire album in the summer of 2003.
    More Details Hide Details America's Sweetheart was released in February 2004, and received mixed reviews from critics. Charles Aaron of Spin called it a "jaw-dropping act of artistic will and a fiery, proper follow-up to 1994's Live Through This" and awarded it eight out of ten stars, while The Village Voice said: "is willing to act out the dream of every teenage brat who ever wanted to have a glamorous, high-profile hissyfit, and she turns those egocentric nervous breakdowns into art. Sure, the art becomes less compelling when you've been pulling the same stunts for a decade. But, honestly, is there anybody out there who fucks up better?" The album sold less than 100,000 copies. Love has publicly expressed her regret over the record several times, calling it "a crap record" and reasoning that her drug issues at the time were to blame. Shortly after the record was released, Love told Kurt Loder on TRL: "I cannot exist as a solo artist. It's a joke."
  • 2002
    In 2002, Love began composing an album with songwriter Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, titled America's Sweetheart, also reuniting with drummer Patty Schemel.
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    In May 2002, Hole officially announced their breakup amid continuing litigation with Universal Music Group over their record contract.
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    Love's great-grandmother was screenwriter Elsie Fox, and she learned in 2002 that, through marriage, her great uncle was actor Douglas Fairbanks.
    More Details Hide Details She is of Cuban, Welsh, Irish, German, and English descent.
  • 2001
    With Hole in disarray, Love began a "punk rock femme supergroup" called Bastard during autumn 2001, enlisting Schemel, Veruca Salt co-frontwoman Louise Post, and bassist Gina Crosley.
    More Details Hide Details Though a demo was completed, the project never reached fruition.
  • 1999
    In 1999, Love was awarded an Orville H. Gibson award for Best Female Rock Guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, she also starred opposite Jim Carrey in the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon (1999), which was followed with a role as William S. Burroughs's wife Joan Vollmer in Beat (2000) alongside Kiefer Sutherland. After touring for Celebrity Skin finished, Auf der Maur left the band to tour with The Smashing Pumpkins; Hole's touring drummer Samantha Maloney left soon after. Love and Erlandson released the single "Be A Man"—an outtake from the Celebrity Skin sessions—for the soundtrack of the Oliver Stone film Any Given Sunday (1999). The group became dormant in the following two years, and Love starred in several more films, including in Julie Johnson (2001) as Lili Taylor's lesbian lover, for which she won an Outstanding Actress award at L.A.'s Outfest, and in the thriller Trapped (2002), alongside Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron.
    In an early 1999 interview, Love said about the Venus: "I wanted a guitar that sounded really warm and pop, but which required just one box to go dirty...
    More Details Hide Details And something that could also be your first band guitar. I didn't want it all teched out. I wanted it real simple, with just one pickup switch."
  • 1998
    In September 1998, Hole released their third studio album, Celebrity Skin, which marked something of a transformation for Love, featuring a stark power pop sound as opposed to the group's earlier punk rock influences.
    More Details Hide Details Love divulged her ambition of making an album where "art meets commerce... there are no compromises made, it has commercial appeal, and it sticks to our original vision." She said she was influenced by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, and My Bloody Valentine when writing the album. The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan helped co-write several songs on the album. Celebrity Skin was well received by critics; Rolling Stone called the album "accessible, fiery and intimate—often at the same time... a basic guitar record that's anything but basic." Celebrity Skin went on to go multi-platinum, and topped "Best of Year" lists at Spin and the The Village Voice. The album garnered the band their only No. 1 hit single on the Modern Rock Tracks chart with the title track "Celebrity Skin." The band promoted the album through MTV performances and at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards. Hole toured with Marilyn Manson on the Beautiful Monsters Tour in 1999, but dropped out of the tour nine dates in after a dispute over production costs between Love and Manson; Hole resumed touring with Imperial Teen.
  • 1996
    Between 1996 and 1999, Love dated her The People vs. Larry Flynt co-star Edward Norton, and was also linked to comedian Steve Coogan in the early 2000s.
    More Details Hide Details Love has practiced several religions, including Catholicism, Episcopalianism and New Age religions, but has said that Buddhism is the "most transcendent" path for her. She has studied and practiced both Tibetan and Nichiren Buddhism since 1989, and is a member of the Soka Gakkai International, a global lay Buddhist organization. Love is a Democrat. In 2000, she gave a speech at the Million Mom March to advocate stricter gun control laws in the United States, calling the country's gun laws "nihilistic and barbaric", and urging stringent registration of guns, licensing of gun owners, and thorough evaluation of legal and mental health records.
    Despite Columbia Pictures' reluctance to hire Love due to her troubled past, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the film after its release in December 1996, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    More Details Hide Details Critic Roger Ebert called her work in the film "quite a performance; Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress." She won several other awards from various film critic associations for the film, and consequently adopted a more polished public image; during this time, she also had endeavors in fashion, modeling for Versace advertisements and appearing in Vogue Italia. In late 1997, Hole released a compilation album, My Body, the Hand Grenade, featuring rare singles and b-sides, and an EP titled The First Session which consisted of the band's first recording session in 1990.
    After Hole's world tour concluded in 1996, Love made a return to acting, first in small roles in the Jean-Michel Basquiat biopic Basquiat, and the drama Feeling Minnesota (1996), before landing the co-starring role of Larry Flynt's wife, Althea, in Miloš Forman's critically acclaimed 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt.
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  • 1995
    On July 4, 1995 at the Lollapalooza Festival in George, Washington, Love punched musician Kathleen Hanna in the face after alleging she had made a joke about her daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Love was charged with assault, to which she pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to anger management classes. The same year, she was arrested in Melbourne after disrupting a Qantas Airlines flight after getting into an argument with a stewardess. Journalist Neil Strauss characterized the public's interest in Love in a 1995 New York Times article, writing: After the suicide of her husband, Kurt Cobain, 10 months ago, Courtney Love acquired a strange distinction reserved for Presidents, major felons and celebrity widows: every word she said and wrote became newsworthy. Her postings on the computer bulletin board America Online were repeated word for word in magazines; her arrests, scandals and the drug overdose of the bassist in her band, Hole, made national headlines. Her travels to Buddhist monasteries and lingerie shops were followed in gossip columns, and speculation about her dalliances and the upbringing of her 2-year-old daughter became a voracious hobby among fans and detractors... People have trouble accepting Ms. Love because in her odd way she fits the classic model of the controversial celebrity. She is both fan and star, heroine and villainess, celebrity and pest, sex symbol and homely urchin, critical darling and tabloid pariah.
    The success of the record combined with Cobain's suicide resulted in a high level of publicity for Love, and she was featured on Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People in 1995.
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  • 1994
    At Hole's performance on August 26, 1994 at the Reading Festival— Love's first public performance following her husband's death— she appeared onstage, tear-drenched, with outstretched arms, mimicking crucifixion.
    More Details Hide Details John Peel wrote in The Guardian that Love's disheveled appearance "would have drawn whistles of astonishment in Bedlam," and that her performance "verged on the heroic... Love steered her band through a set which dared you to pity either her recent history or that of the band... the band teetered on the edge of chaos, generating a tension which I cannot remember having felt before from any stage." The band performed a series of riotous concerts during the tour, with Love frequently appearing hysterical onstage, flashing crowds, stage diving, and getting into fights with audience members. In retrospect, Love said she "couldn't remember much" of the shows as she was using drugs heavily at the time. In February 1995, Hole performed a well-reviewed acoustic set on MTV Unplugged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and continued to tour late into the year, concluding their world tour with an appearance at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, where they were nominated for Best Alternative Video for "Doll Parts".
    In April 1994, Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in their Seattle home while Love was in rehab in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details During their marriage, and after Cobain's death, Love became something of a hate-figure among some of Cobain's fans. In reflecting on their relationship, Love said: "I think that it looked like it was headed for doom, but it didn't feel like it was headed for doom on a daily basis. We went mountain biking; we would go camping. We were damn normal." After his cremation, Love divided portions of Cobain's ashes, some of which she kept in a teddy bear and in an urn. Another portion of his ashes was taken by Love to the Namgyal Buddhist Monastery in Ithaca, New York in 1994, where they were ceremonially blessed by Buddhist monks and mixed into clay which was made into memorial sculptures.
    Two months later, in June 1994, bassist Kristen Pfaff died of a heroin overdose, and Love recruited Melissa Auf der Maur for the band's impending tour.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the months preceding the tour, Love was rarely seen in public, spending time at her Seattle home, or visiting the Namgyal Buddhist Monastery in New York. Live Through This was a commercial and critical success, hitting platinum sales in April 1995 and receiving numerous critical accolades.
    Live Through This was released on Geffen's subsidiary DGC label in April 1994, four days after Love's husband, Cobain, was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound in their home.
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  • 1993
    On September 8, 1993, Love and Cobain made their only public performance together at the Rock Against Rape benefit in Hollywood, performing two duets, both acoustic versions, of "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Where Did You Sleep Last Night."
    More Details Hide Details Love also performed electric versions of two new Hole songs, "Doll Parts" and "Miss World", both of which were written for the band's upcoming second release. In October 1993, Hole recorded their second album, titled Live Through This, in Atlanta, Georgia. The album featured a new lineup, with bassist Kristen Pfaff and drummer Patty Schemel.
  • 1992
    Love and Cobain married in February 1992, and after the birth of the couple's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, relocated to Carnation, Washington, and then to Seattle.
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  • 1991
    Love and Cobain began dating in the fall of 1991, and were married on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 24, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Love wore a satin and lace dress once owned by actress Frances Farmer, and Cobain wore green pajamas. Six months later, on August 18, the couple's only child, a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born.
  • 1990
    The band's debut single, "Retard Girl", was issued in April 1990 through the Long Beach indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry, and was given air-time by Rodney Bingenheimer's local station, KROQ.
    More Details Hide Details That fall, the band appeared on the cover of Flipside, a Los Angeles-based punk fanzine. In the spring of 1991, the band released their second single, "Dicknail", through Sub Pop Records. With no wave, noise rock and grindcore bands being major influences on Love, Hole's first studio album, Pretty on the Inside, captured a particularly abrasive sound and contained disturbing lyrics, described by Q magazine as "confrontational and genuinely uninhibited." The record was released in September 1991 on Caroline Records, produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, with assistant production from Gumball's Don Fleming. Though Love would later say it was "unlistenable" and "unmelodic," the album received generally positive critical reception from indie and punk rock critics and was labeled one of the twenty best albums of the year by Spin magazine. It also gained a following in the United Kingdom, charting at 59 on the UK Albums Chart, and its lead single, "Teenage Whore", entered the country's indie chart at number one. The underlying feminist slant of the album's songs led many to mistakenly tag the band as being part of the riot grrl movement, a movement that Love did not associate with. In support of the record, the band toured in Europe headlining with Mudhoney, and opening in the United States for The Smashing Pumpkins. They also performed at the Whisky a Go Go opening for Sonic Youth, and at CBGB in New York City.
  • 1989
    After forming Hole in 1989, Love and bandmate Eric Erlandson had a romantic relationship for over a year, and she also briefly dated Billy Corgan in 1991, with whom she has maintained a volatile friendship over the years.
    More Details Hide Details Her most documented romantic relationship was with Kurt Cobain. It is uncertain when they first met; according to Love, she first met Cobain at a Dharma Bums show in Portland where she was doing a spoken word performance. According to Michael Azerrad, the two met at the Satyricon nightclub in Portland in 1989, though Cobain biographer Charles Cross stated the date was actually February 12, 1990, and that Cobain playfully wrestled Love to the floor after she commented to him in passing that he looked like Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. Love's bandmate Eric Erlandson stated that both he and Love were formally introduced to Cobain in a parking lot after a Butthole Surfers concert at the Hollywood Palladium in 1991. The two later became reacquainted through Jennifer Finch, one of Love's longtime friends and former bandmates.
    She was briefly married to James Moreland (vocalist of The Leaving Trains) in 1989 for several months, but has said that Moreland was a transvestite and that their marriage was "a joke", ending in an annulment filed by Love.
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    After forming Hole in 1989, she received substantial attention from underground rock press for the group's debut album, produced by Kim Gordon, while the group's second release, Live Through This (1994), lent her a more high-profile renown, receiving critical accolades and going multi-platinum.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, Love returned to acting, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), which established her as a viable mainstream actress. The following year, she saw further mainstream success with the release of Hole's third album, Celebrity Skin (1998), which was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. Love continued to work as an actress into the early 2000s, appearing in big-budget pictures such as Man on the Moon (1999) and Trapped (2002), before releasing her first solo album, America's Sweetheart, in 2004. The next several years were marked by rampant publicity surrounding Love's legal troubles and drug addiction, which resulted in a mandatory lockdown rehabilitation sentence in 2006 while she was in the process of writing her second solo album. In 2010, she returned to the industry, releasing Nobody's Daughter as Hole, with a reformed band.
  • 1988
    At the end of 1988, Love taught herself to play guitar and relocated to Los Angeles, where she placed an ad in a local music zine, reading: "I want to start a band.
    More Details Hide Details My influences are Big Black, Sonic Youth, and Fleetwood Mac." Love recruited lead guitarist Eric Erlandson; Lisa Roberts, her neighbor, as bassist; and drummer Caroline Rue, whom she met at a Gwar concert. Love named the band Hole after a line from Euripedes' Medea, as well as a conversation she had had with her mother, in which she told her that she "couldn't walk around with a hole inside herself." Love continued to work at strip clubs in the band's formative stages, saving money to purchase a backline and a touring van, and rehearsed at a studio in Hollywood that was loaned to her by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hole played their first show in November 1989 at Raji's, a rock club in central Hollywood.
    In 1988, Love aborted her acting career and left New York, returning to the west coast, citing the "celebutante" fame she'd attained as the central reason. "I hated it," she recalled. "It was misery itself."
    More Details Hide Details She returned to stripping in the small town of McMinnville, Oregon, where she was recognized by customers at the bar; this prompted Love to go into isolation, and she relocated to Anchorage, Alaska: "I decided to move to Alaska because I needed to get my shit together and learn how to work," Love said in retrospect. "So I went on this sort of vision quest. I got rid of all my earthly possessions. I had my bad little strip clothes and some big sweaters, and I moved into a trailer with a bunch of other strippers."
    She also had a part in the 1988 Ramones music video for "I Wanna Be Sedated", appearing as a bride among dozens of party guests.
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  • 1986
    The same year, Cox cast her in a leading role in his following film, Straight to Hell (1987), a spaghetti western starring Joe Strummer and Grace Jones, which was filmed in Spain in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The film caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who featured Love in an episode of Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes with Robbie Nevil in a segment titled "C'est la Vie."
  • 1985
    In 1985, she submitted an audition tape for the role of Nancy Spungen in the Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy (1986), and was given a minor supporting role by director Alex Cox.
    More Details Hide Details After filming Sid and Nancy in New York City, she worked at a peep show in Times Square and squatted at the ABC No Rio social center and Pyramid Club in the East Village.
    Love asked Bjelland to start a band with her as a guitarist, and the two moved to San Francisco in June 1985, where they recruited bassist Jennifer Finch and drummer Janis Tanaka.
    More Details Hide Details According to Bjelland, "Courtney didn't play an instrument at the time" aside from keyboards, so Bjelland would transpose Love's musical ideas on guitar for her. The group played several house shows and recorded one 4-track demo before disbanding in late 1985. Following Pagan Babies, Love moved to Minneapolis where Bjelland had formed the group Babes in Toyland, and briefly worked as a concert promoter before returning to California. Deciding to shift her focus to acting, Love enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied film with George Kuchar and was featured in one of his short films, titled Club Vatican.
  • 1984
    She later formed the Pagan Babies with friend Kat Bjelland, whom she met at the Satyricon club in Portland in 1984: "The best thing that ever happened to me in a way, was Kat," Love said.
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  • 1982
    In 1982, Love attended a Faith No More concert in San Francisco, and convinced the members to let her join as a singer.
    More Details Hide Details The group recorded material with Love as a vocalist, but, according to the band's keyboardist Roddy Bottum, wanted a "male energy," and Love was subsequently kicked out of the band; she and Bottum, however, maintained a friendship in the years after.
  • 1981
    In 1981, Love was granted a small trust fund that had been left by her adoptive grandparents, which she used to travel to Dublin, Ireland, where her biological father was living.
    More Details Hide Details While there, she enrolled in courses at Trinity College, studying theology for two semesters. She would later receive honorary patronage from Trinity's University Philosophical Society in 2010. In the United Kingdom, she became acquainted with musician Julian Cope and his band, The Teardrop Explodes, in Liverpool and briefly lived in his house. "They kind of took me in," she recalled. "I was sort of a mascot; I would get them coffee or tea during rehearsal." In Cope's autobiography, Head-On, Love is referred to as "the adolescent." After spending a year abroad, Love returned to Portland. In 1983, she took a short-lived job working as an erotic dancer in Taiwan, but was deported after the club was shut down by the government. Love initially began several music projects in the 1980s, first forming Sugar Babylon (later Sugar Babydoll) in Portland with friends Ursula Wehr and Robin Barbur.
  • 1972
    In 1972, Love's mother divorced Rodriguez, remarried, and moved the family to New Zealand; there, she enrolled Love at Nelson College for Girls, from which Love was eventually expelled.
    More Details Hide Details Love's mother then sent her back to the United States, where she was raised in Portland, Oregon by her former stepfather and other family friends; during this time, her mother gave birth to two of Love's other half-brothers, Tobias and Daniel. At age fourteen, Love was arrested for shoplifting a T-shirt from a Woolworth's and was sent to Hillcrest Correctional Facility, a juvenile hall in Salem, Oregon. She spent the following several years in foster care before becoming legally emancipated at age sixteen. She supported herself by working illegally as a stripper, adopting the last name "Love" to conceal her identity, which she came to use thereafter. She also worked various odd jobs, including picking berries at a farm in Troutdale, Oregon, and as a disc jockey. During this time, she enrolled at Portland State University, studying English and philosophy. Love has said that she "didn't have a lot of social skills," and that she learned them while frequenting gay clubs in Portland.
  • 1970
    In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon where they lived on a commune along the Mohawk River, while her mother completed her degree at the University of Oregon.
    More Details Hide Details Love was legally adopted by her then-stepfather, Frank Rodriguez, with whom her mother had Love's two half-sisters, Jaimee and Nicole, and adopted a brother Joshua, at three years old, from an African American family; another half-brother died in infancy of a heart defect when Love was ten. Love attended a Montessori school in Eugene, where she struggled academically and had trouble making friends. At age nine, she was diagnosed with mild autism.
  • 1969
    Love spent her early years in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco until her parents' 1969 divorce, after which her father's custody was withdrawn when her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to her as a toddler.
    More Details Hide Details Love described her parents' household as being full of "hairy, wangly-ass hippies running around naked." According to sources, Love's mother, who was studying to be a psychologist, had her in therapy by the age of two.
  • 1964
    Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, in San Francisco, California to Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, a publisher and road manager for the Grateful Dead.
    More Details Hide Details Love's godfather is the founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Her mother, who was adopted as a child, was later revealed to be the biological daughter of novelist Paula Fox.
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