Courtney Love

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Courtney Love

Love in July 1995
Background information
Birth name Courtney Michelle Harrison
Also known as Courtney Michelle Love,
Courtney Michelle Cobain,
Courtney Love Cobain,
Love Michelle Harrison,
Courtney Michelle Menely,
Coco Rodriguez
Born July 9, 1964 (1964-07-09) (age 49)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Grunge
Occupations Singer, songwriter, music producer, film producer, actress
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Labels Sympathy for the Record Industry
Caroline
DGC / Geffen
Universal Music
Virgin
Custard Records
Associated acts Hole
Babes in Toyland
Faith No More
Website CourtneyLove.com

Courtney Michelle Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress. Love is best known as lead singer, songwriter and lyricist for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole and as the widow of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, with whom she had a daughter called Frances Bean Cobain. Rolling Stone has called Love "the most controversial woman in the history of rock".[2] In the 90s there was a twee band who were called, 'Courtney Love', named after her.

Career[change | edit source]

In 1981 Love started Sugar Babydoll. In 1982 she went to a Faith No More concert. She "convinced" the members to let her join as a singer. She was kicked out of the band because they wanted "male energy". In 1984 she started Pagan Babies.

Hole[change | edit source]

In 1989 Love began Hole. In 1999 Hole's first single "Retard Girl" was released. The band released its first album Pretty on the Inside in 1991. On April 12, 1994 Hole's second album Live Through This was released, four days after Love's husband Kurt Cobain was found dead in their home. The album got very good reviews. On September 8, 1998 Celebrity Skin was released.

On February 10, 2004 Love released America's Sweetheart. Hole's last album Nobody's Daughter was released on April 27, 2010.

In 2006 she published a memoir, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love.

Love sung on "Rat a Tat" on Fall Out Boy's fifth album Save Rock and Roll, released April 12 2013. She also wrote the song.

Love said that her next album would be released for Christmas 2013 along with Courtney Love: My Story, a book about her life so far.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Love is a feminist. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of 9. She is open about having had cosmetic surgery.

Love married Kurt Cobain.

Discography[change | edit source]

Studio albums[change | edit source]

Filmography[change | edit source]

Awards[change | edit source]

Year Award Category Film
1996 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The People vs.
Larry Flynt
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress
1997 Golden Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress
2001 L.A. Outfest: Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film Julie Johnson

References[change | edit source]

  1. Although some sources give Love's birth name as "Love Michelle Harrison", her listing on the California Birth Index from the Center for Health Statistics gives a birth name of "Courtney Michelle Harrison". Between adoptions from several stepfathers, she has also gone by the names "Courtney Michelle Rodriguez" and "Courtney Michelle Menely". The name change to "Courtney Michelle Love" happened in early 1990s, in the beginning of her musical career and after the end of her first marriage (of which the legal records still feature the name "Courtney Michelle Menely"). According to the same statistics list above, the birth status of Courtney's 1992 born daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, already include "Love" as the mother's maiden surname.
  2. http://music.guardian.co.uk/rock/story/0,,1969245,00.html

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