Courtney Love

Actor, Singer, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1964 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Generation X 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Revenge 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Children of the Revolution 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hit So Hard 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Behind the Music 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob and The Monster 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Running Russell Simmons 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Courtney Love 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Osbournes 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

Cheryl Tilly (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Beat 1999 (Movie)

Joan Vollmer (Actor)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Lynn Margulies (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Hollywood Glamour Girls 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kurt & Courtney 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Big Pink (Actor)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Rhonda, The Waitress (Actor)

Not Bad for a Girl 1996 (Movie)

Member - Hole (Actor)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

Althea Leasure (Actor)

24 Hours in Rock and Roll 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight to Hell 1987 (Movie)

Velma (Actor)

Sid and Nancy 1986 (Movie)

Gretchen (Actor)

Julie Johnson (TV Show)

Actor
Music (9)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Bridesmaids 2011 (Movie)

("Violet") (Song)

Hop 2011 (Movie)

("Celebrity Skin") (Song)

Jennifer's Body 2009 (Movie)

("Violet") (Song)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

("Dolls Parts") (Song)

Adam & Steve 2006 (Movie)

("Love, Love, Love") (Song Performer)

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

("Celebrity Skin") (Song)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("Be a Man") (Song)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

("Heaven Tonight") (Song)
Producer (1)

Not Bad for a Girl 1996 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Jim Barber

Companion
Ddated from 1999 to December 2000 Reportedly engaged even though Barber was still married at the time

Linda Carroll

Mother
Was adopted; later discovered that author Paula Fox was her birth mother Divorced from Love's father c. 1966; remarried twice

Frances Bean Cobain Executive Producer

Daughter
Born in Los Angeles to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

Kurt Cobain Song

Husband
Married Feb. 24, 1992 until Cobain's suicide by gunshot April 5, 1994

Frances Cobain

Daughter
Born Aug. 18, 1992; father, Kurt Cobain Placed with her paternal grandmother after Love's arrest Oct. 2, 2003 on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance Love later regained custody, only to lose it in December 2009, when courts granted temporary guardianship to Kurt Cobain's mother Wendy O'Connor and sister Kimberly Dawn Cobain until February 2010

Paula Fox

Grandmother
In a March 2001 interview with The New York Times, it was revealed that Fox was the birth mother of Linda Carroll (Love's mom) who had been given up for adoption

Hank Harrison Actor

Father
Born June 17, 1941; publisher; divorced from Love's mother c. 1966

David Manely

Step-Father

James Moreland

Husband
Married Feb. 14, 1989 Divorced June 15, 1989

Edward Norton Actor

Companion
Met while filming "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) Dated from 1996-98; both denied relationship although Norton made appearances with Love's band Hole, playing guitar and singing

Trent Reznor Song

Companion
Together briefly in 1994

Frank Rodriguez

Step-Father
Married Love's mother c. 1968; raised Love until age seven

Jamie Rodriguez

Half-Sister

Nicole Rodriguez

Half-Sister

Milestones

2005

Was attached to star as Linda Lovelace in the tentatively titled "Lovelace," the star of 1972's "Deep Throat"

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

2002

Had starring role in the thriller "Trapped"

2001

Co-starred with Lili Taylor in the Sundance-screened "Julie Johnson"

2000

Forced to drop out of filming "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" after injuring her ankle

2000

Appeared in the Sundance-screened "Beat"

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"

1998

Featured in the documentary "Kurt & Courtney"

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"

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"

1994

Husband and Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain committed suicide

1990

Released first album, "Rat Bastard"

1989

Formed rock band Hole

1987

Was featured in Cox's "Straight to Hell"

1986

Film debut in Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy;" Love had auditioned for the lead but was cast in smaller role

1980

Declared herself an emancipated minor

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

By age 12 was in juvenile detention for shoplifting

Moved to Japan and worked as a stripper

Formed Epitome Productions with music executive Janet Billig

Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Oregon

Spent part of her childhood in New Zealand

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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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 She was later charged with two felony drug counts on Oct. 28, 2003 in a complaint that specified she illegally possessed painkillers.

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Love was arrested at a Manhattan nightclub on March 18, 2004 for allegedly throwing a microphone stand that struck a 24-year-old man in the head. She faced charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.

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

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On Dec. 14, 2009, Courtney Love lost legal custody of daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The court tapped Kurt Cobain's mother and sister as Frances Bean's new guardians.

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