Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Highest Rated: 97% Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Lowest Rated: 14% Feeling Minnesota (1996)

Birthday: Jul 9, 1964

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

One of the more polarizing figures in music, Courtney Love was either one of the great heroes or villains of the indie-rock movement. She was born in San Francisco and grew up around Haight-Ashbury; her mother was a psychotherapist and her father a Grateful Dead roadie. Her family moved to New Zealand in 1972; she was expelled from the prestigious Nelson College for Girls soon afterward. By the time she hit twenty Love had worked as a topless dancer, been arrested for shoplifting in Portland OR, cohabitated with songwriter Julian Cope in England, and been deported from Taiwan after working illegally as an exotic dancer. Moving between Portland, Minneapolis and San Francisco, Love studied acting and formed her first band, the Pagan Babies, with respective future Babes in Toyland and L7 members Kat Bjelland and Jennifer Finch. She made her film debut playing a small role in "Sid & Nancy" (1986) after director Alex Cox rejected her for the role of Nancy Spungen; however Cox made her a lead in his next movie, the spaghetti-western pastiche "Straight to Hell" (1987). Moving to Los Angeles in 1988 she formed the first lineup of Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon produced their 1991 debut Pretty on the Inside, which was more confrontational and less pop-friendly than what followed. History took its course soon afterward when she went to a Dharma Bums show in Portland and met her future husband Kurt Cobain. The pair became the grunge movement's notorious glamor couple. Love alternately confirmed and denied that she was using heroin while pregnant with their daughter Frances Bean; she did pose semi-naked for Vanity Fair while pregnant with a cigarette that was airbrushed out. Cobain was said to have worked extensively behind the scenes on Hole's sophomore album Live Through This, which was released four days after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The album was widely praised and sympathy for Love initially ran high, however her behavior on tour became increasingly unhinged with onstage tirades and occasional physical outbursts. During 1995's Lollapalooza tour she had a backstage altercation with Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna; Sinead O'Connor was traumatized enough to quit the tour over it. Love's later career held some genuine triumphs, including Hole's next album Celebrity Skin-- a polished pop album that reveled in the dark side of Hollywood-and her starring role in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). However her one solo album, America's Sweetheart (2004) was a relative flop; as was 2010's Nobody's Daughter, essentially a solo album credited to a reunited Hole. She saw numerous stints in rehab during the 2000s, and in 2009 lost custody of her daughter for reasons unspecified. She made headlines again in 2018 when Frances Bean's ex-husband Isaiah Silva sued Love and several others, claiming they'd plotted to murder him over his ownership of a Kurt Cobain guitar. Love has continued acting in the 2010s-including James Franco's "The Long Home" (2019)-but has made no music since the 2010 Hole album.

Highest rated movies

The People vs. Larry Flynt
Hit So Hard
Man on the Moon
Kurt & Courtney
J.T. LeRoy
200 Cigarettes




55% 39% J.T. LeRoy Sasha (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 21% Menendez: Blood Brothers Kitty Menendez (Character) - 2017
97% 81% Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Self - 2015
66% 72% Hit So Hard Unknown (Character) $30.4K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight to Hell Returns Velma (Character) - 2010
87% 77% Mayor of the Sunset Strip Self $257.3K 2003
17% 48% Trapped Cheryl Hickey (Character) $6.9M 2002
No Score Yet 50% Julie Johnson Claire (Character) - 2001
57% 37% Beat Joan Vollmer Burroughs (Character) - 2000
30% 59% 200 Cigarettes Lucy (Character) $6.9M 1999
64% 79% Man on the Moon Lynne Margulies (Character) $34.6M 1999
No Score Yet 71% Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl Unknown (Character) - 1999
62% 44% Kurt & Courtney Unknown (Character) $678.8K 1998
14% 27% Feeling Minnesota Rhonda the Waitress (Character) $3.1M 1996
88% 80% The People vs. Larry Flynt Althea Leasure (Character) $20.2M 1996
67% 77% Basquiat Big Pink (Character) $3.0M 1996
30% 58% Straight to Hell Velma (Character) - 1987


84% 77% RuPaul's Drag Race Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
69% 79% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
84% 48% Empire Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2015
87% 91% Sons of Anarchy Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2010 2014
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2007