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Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Courtney Love is one of rock’s most polarizing figures — male or female. But, love her or loathe her, the former Mrs. Kurt Cobain has been almost as successful as she has been notorious over the past few decades. Courtney Michelle Harrison was born in San Francisco, on July 9, 1964, then raised outside Portland, Oregon after her mother (an author and psychotherapist) and father (who had briefly managed the Grateful Dead) divorced. By her teens, the future Courtney Love had become involved with both music and film, splitting her time between bands like Pagan Babies (with future Babes in Toyland leader Kat Bjelland) and an embryonic Faith No More, while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. This later led her to New York City and a supporting role in 1986’s Sid Vicious biopic, Sid and Nancy, but, by 1989, Love moved on to Los Angeles, where she founded the band Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson, and proceeded to debut in 1991 with the Kim Gordon-produced Pretty on the Inside. But it was her drug-shrouded romantic relationship with Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain that transformed Courtney Love into household name, and then guaranteed an entirely higher level of hype and scrutiny around the release of Hole’s second album, Live Through This, which arrived in stores with unbelievably morbid timing, just a week after Cobain’s suicide. From this point forward, Love’s musical exploits could never be fully disentangled from her personal life, though Courtney’s confrontational persona didn’t help: whether she was struggling to record Hole’s third album, Celebrity Skin, in 1998, starring in 1996’s critically acclaimed The People Vs. Larry Flint, or sparring over some detail of her former husband’s life and legacy. In 2004 Love released her first solo album, America’s Sweetheart, following it two years later with a memoir entitled Dirty Blonde, and then a fourth Hole album, Nobody’s Daughter, in 2010 — all of this interspersed with enough public controversy and celebrity feuds to keep the tabloids in business. Among the highlights were Love’s on-and-off skirmishes with former Nirvana member and Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, as well as her own daughter Frances Bean Cobain, but music remains in Courtney’s plans for the near future.

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Courtney Love Delivers Kitchen Jam of ‘Never Go Hungry’ for Chris Pratt + Anna Faris

Watch as Courtney Love straps on a guitar and plays an impromptu version of Hole's 'Never Go Hungry' in Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' kitchen.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Report: Courtney Love’s Former Manager Accused of Attempted Kidnapping of Frances Bean Cobain’s Estranged Husband

According to a police report, Frances Bean Cobain's estranged husband Isaiah Silva was allegedly accosted by Sam Lufti, former manager of Courtney Love.

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Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love Model for Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2016 Ad Campaign

Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love are just two of the musician models that designer Marc Jacobs is using for his fall 2016 clothing line.

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Courtney Love Reignites Hole Reunion Speculation With New Photo

Are the members of Hole once again contemplating a reunion or was Courtney Love having a little fun by posting a photo featuring her and the female members?

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Courtney Love Explains Leaving Billy Corgan for Kurt Cobain

In an extended interview clip, Courtney Love explains one of the reasons that led to her leaving Billy Corgan for Kurt Cobain.

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Antonio Marino Jr., MarinoPics.com / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Courtney Love, Perry Farrell + More Salute Fleetwood Mac at Los Angeles Benefit Show

Courtney Love, Perry Farrell and more took part in Los Angeles' Fleetwood Mac Fest, honoring the classic rock superstars. Watch video footage here.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

California Appeals Court Upholds Courtney Love Victory in Alleged Defamatory Tweet Case

A California Appeals Court upheld a previous ruling that Courtney Love did not defame her onetime lawyer in a comment made on Twitter.

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Watch Courtney Love Perform Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ at Los Angeles Private Party

Courtney Love stole the show at a private party, delivering a raw performance of Radiohead's 'Creep' to the delight of the crowd.

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Courtney Love Pens Christmas Letter to Kurt Cobain + Frances Bean Cobain

Courtney Love looked back at one Christmas she shared with Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

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Report: Frances Bean Cobain Marries Isaiah Silva Without Courtney Love’s Knowledge

The 23-year-old artist and daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love married her boyfriend of five years, Isaiah Silva.

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