Courtney Love

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Courtney Love
Love in July 1995
Love in July 1995
Background information
Birth nameCourtney Michelle Harrison
Also known asCourtney Michelle Love,
Courtney Michelle Cobain,
Courtney Love Cobain,
Love Michelle Harrison,
Courtney Michelle Menely,
Coco Rodriguez
Born (1964-07-09) July 9, 1964 (age 59)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, grunge
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsSympathy for the Record Industry
DGC / Geffen
Universal Music
Custard Records

Courtney Michelle Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and actress. She is best known as lead singer for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole and as the widow of Nirvana frontman 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 | change 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 | change source]

In 1989 Love began Hole. In 1990 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.

In 2014 Love released her first single in ten years, "Know My Name".

Personal life[change | change source]

Love is a feminist. She is open about having had cosmetic surgery.

Love was married to Kurt Cobain from 1992 until his death in 1994. They have one daughter born in 1992.

Discography[change | change source]

Hole discography[change | change source]

Solo discography[change | change source]

Filmography[change | change source]

Awards[change | change 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 | change 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. Barton, Laura (December 11, 2006). "Courtney Love talks to Laura Barton" – via

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