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Courtney Love is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love has also appeared in a multitude of documentary films as both an interviewee as well as in archival and live footage including the Sonic Youth documentary subject 1991: The Year Punk Broke, Not Bad for a Girl, which focused on women in alternative music and Hit So Hard, which documented the life of Love’s bandmate, drummer Patty Schemel. In 2020, NME named her one of the most influential singers in alternative culture of the last 30 years.

Birth Name

Courtney Michelle Harrison

Nickname

Courtney Love-Cobain, CLover

Profession

Actress, Singer, Musician

Genre

Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Grunge, Power Pop

Instruments

Vocals, Guitar

Labels

Sympathy for the Record Industry, Caroline, DGC, Virgin Records

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Courtney Love was born on the 9th of July 1964, in San Francisco, California, United States.

Age

She’s currently 55 years old.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Ethnicity

White

She is of Cuban, Welsh, Irish, German and English descent.

Religion

Christianity

Education

Courtney received her early education from a Montessori school in Eugene. She did her schooling from Nelson College for Girls, New Zealand and later joined the Portland State University in Oregon, U.S. where she studied English and Philosophy. She also enrolled herself for a Theology course from the Trinity College in Dublin where she only studied for two semesters. In 2010, she received the honorary patronage from the  University Philosophical Society of the Trinity College. Love took classes in film and acting from San Francisco Art Institute in California.

Family Details

  • Father – Hank Harrison (Publisher)
  • Mother – Linda Carroll (Author)
  • Siblings – Joshua Barraud (Brother) (Film Art Director), Benjamin Barraud (Brother) (Film Art Director), Daniel Menely (Brother), Jaimee Rodriguez (Sister), Nicole Rodriguez (Sister), Tobias (Half-Brother), Daniel (Half-Brother)
  • Relatives – Paula Fox (Maternal Grandmother) (Author), Paul Hervey Fox (Maternal Great Grandfather) (Writer), Elsie Fox (Maternal Great Grandmother) (Screenwriter), Douglas Fairbanks (Great Uncle), Phil Lesh (Godfather)

Marital Status

Divorced

Boyfriend / Spouse

Courtney Love has dated –

  • James Moreland (1989) – She married The Leaving Trains vocalist James Moreland in 1989. Their relationship lasted only a few months.
  • Eric Erlandson (1989-1990) – Love and her Hole co-musician Eric Erlandson got romantically involved for more than a year from 1989 to 1990.

  • Kurt Cobain (1991-1994) – Love met musician Kurt Cobain in 1991 and they started dating. The duo tied the knot on February 24, 1992, at the Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. They had a baby girl Frances Bean Cobain (b. August 18, 1992). Their relationship ended on a tragic note after two years of marriage when Cobain died in their Seattle home in April 1994. Love was in a Los Angeles rehab at the time and did not take the death of her husband too well.
  • Edward Norton (1996-1999) – She started dating Edward Norton, her co-star from The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996. The couple split in 1999.
  • Noel Fielding (2007) – In July 2007, English comedian and actor, Noel Fielding and Courtney dated each other.
  • Dave Navarro (2010) – In April 2010, musicians Dave Navarro and Courtney Love were romantically linked after they were seen kissing during their performance in Hollywood. But, this wasn’t the first time that they were seen making out.
  • Aaron Sorkin (2014) – Courtney was reportedly linked with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in 2014.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 9½ inches
  • In centimeters – 177 cm
  • In meters – 1.77 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 55 kg
  • In Pounds – 121 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-24-34
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Blue

Hair Color

Blonde

Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

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. Love has also been active as a writer; she co-created and co-wrote three volumes of a manga, Princess Ai, between 2004 and 2006 and wrote a memoir, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love (2006).

Album Debut

In September 1991, her first album was a hardcore punk album Pretty on the Inside (as a member of Hole) but her first solo album was America’s Sweetheart that released in February 2004.

Film Debut

In 1986, her first feature film appearance was in Alex Cox’s biopic, Sid and Nancy in which she played a small role as Gretchen.

Television Debut

In 2005, her first television show was Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson in which she appeared as herself.

Brand Endorsements

Love was seen in the Versace print advertisement in 1998. She was featured in the MTV’s Celebrity Skin Contest television commercial. She has also been seen in commercials on NJOY E-cigarettes, Saint Laurent Paris etc.

Courtney Love Favorites

  • Favorite Artists – Flipper, Kate Bush, Soft Cell, Lou Reed, Dead Kennedys
  • Favorite Bands – Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Teardrop Explodes, Bauhaus, Joy Division
  • Favorite Fashion Designers – Rick Owens, Riccardo Tisci, Todd Lynn, Christopher Bailey
  • Favorite TV Shows – Gossip Girls (2007-2012), The O.C. (2003-2007)
  • Favorite Destination – Paris

Courtney Love Net worth

Courtney Love has an estimated net worth of $150 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Courtney Love

  • Courtney Love was diagnosed with wild autism when she was 9 years old.
  • In 1972, Love’s mother divorced Rodriguez, remarried and moved the family to Nelson, New Zealand.
  • When Love was 14, she was nabbed for shoplifting a T-Shirt and had to stay at the Hillcrest Correctional Facility.
  • She was into drugs in her teens and when she was 19, she tried her hands on cocaine.
  • In 1981, she 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.
  • In 1982, Love attended a Faith No More concert in San Francisco and convinced the members to let her join as a singer.
  • In 1983, Love also worked as an erotic dancer in Taiwan.
  • In 1984, she later formed the Pagan Babies with friend Kat Bjelland, whom she met at the Satyricon club in Portland.
  • 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.
  • In 1988, Love advertised for finding members for forming a new band and recruited lead guitarist Eric Erlandson; bassist Lisa Roberts and drummer Caroline Rue. They formed a band called Hole which ranked at No. 68 on 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll by VH1.
  • In 1994, Love was voted as the Best Female Performer during the Metal Edge Readers Choice Awards. This had upset the past winner Lita Ford, who had been winning the title continuously for seven years before that.
  • In 1995, she was ranked among the 10 Most Fascinating People by Barbara Walters.
  • Courtney Love is good friends with American actress Winona Ryder.
  • 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.
  • In 2014, Love joined the cast of the FX series Sons of Anarchy for the show’s seventh and final season in a recurring role; this marked Love’s debut role in a television series.
  • In April 22, 2014, Love debuted the song You Know My Name on BBC Radio 6 to promote her tour of the United Kingdom.
  • In January 2015, Love starred in a New York City stage production titled Kansas City Choir Boy, a pop opera conceived by and co-starring Todd Almond.
  • In 2018, Love made a supporting appearance in director Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy.
  • In March 2018, Love appeared in the music video for Marilyn Manson’s Tattooed in Reverse, which she followed with an April 5 guest-judge appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
  • In December 2018, Love filed and was awarded a restraining order against Sam Lutfi, who had acted as her manager for the previous six years, alleging verbal abuse and harassment.
  • In January 2019, a Los Angeles County judge extended the three-year duration of the order to a total of five years, citing Lutfi’s apparent tendency to prey upon people.
  • In August 18, 2019, Love performed a solo set at the Yola Día festival in Los Angeles, which also featured performances by Cat Power and Lykke Li.
  • In January 2020, NME named Love as a recipient of the Icon Award, deeming her one of the most influential singers in alternative culture of the last 30 years.
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