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Courtney Love

Lowest Rated:   16% Feeling Minnesota (1996)
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Birthplace:   San Francisco, California, USA
Best known as the flamboyant and controversial leader of the alternative rock group Hole, and for her marriage to the late leader of the group Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love is also a recognized film actress. Love's breakthrough role was that of Althea Flynt, the drug-addicted wife of pornography tycoon Larry Flynt in The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996) for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination and New York Film Critics Circle award. As Love is known for toying with the facts of her early years, it is difficult to substantiate events of her past. What is known is that she was born in San Francisco and raised in Oregon, the daughter of therapist Linda Carroll and Grateful Dead biographer and publisher Hank Harrison. Love apparently was a bit of a wild child who occasionally got in trouble with the law, something that later would fuel her stage and screen persona. As a young woman, she spent time living off a trust fund from her maternal grandmother, using the money to see the world. Love eventually returned to San Francisco to launch a singing career with various local bands, including an early incarnation of Faith No More. When Love's interests turned to acting she moved to Los Angeles, where she made her screen debut playing Chloe Webb's best friend in Sid and Nancy (1986), Alex Cox's compelling portrait of the relationship between seminal punk rocker Sid Vicious and his lover Nancy Spungen. Love then appeared in another punk rock movie, Straight to Hell (1987). It was not particularly successful and Love's career stalled, leading her to Minnesota where she began to establish her music career. When her trust fund ran out, Love attempted to support herself as an exotic dancer, first in Los Angeles, where she failed because club owners considered her too pudgy, and then in Alaska, where lonely men were less discerning. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Love founded the band Hole and in 1989 released their debut album. It was successful and attracted the interest of major record labels. Around this time, she met Kurt Cobain, and in 1992 the two married. While Love continued recording and performing with her band, Cobain's Seattle-based group Nirvana became a national sensation, thereby temporarily eclipsing Love's rising star and relegating her to the role of Cobain's wife. During this time, the couple gained quite a reputation for their alleged use of alcohol, heroin and other illegal drugs. Love found herself in the midst of a maelstrom of negative press after Vanity Fair reported that she had used heroin during her pregnancy. Both she and Cobain denied the allegations and though their daughter was born healthy, there was a struggle with the Washington State Child Protective Services over whether or not the couple should keep the child; Love and Cobain prevailed. In the spring of 1994, around a year following his daughter's birth, Cobain committed suicide. At that time the couple was allegedly preparing to divorce, and Cobain was plagued with health problems. As is typical when cult figures die, conspiracy theories circulated that he was murdered and that Love was involved, but there has been no hard evidence discovered to support such allegations.Following Cobain's death, Love's celebrity expanded to relatively astronomic proportions. Her rise in profile was ably complemented by a swift and all-encompassing change of image: gone were the runny make-up and ratty baby doll dresses, exchanged instead for Versace gowns and a good PR agent. Following the acclaim surrounding her return to acting in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Feeling Minnesota, and Basquiat in 1996, Love became something of a Hollywood darling. However, her name continued to be synonymous with controversy: in 1998 she was embroiled in litigation over British documentary-maker Nick Broomfield's attempt to show his unauthorized portrait of the late Cobain and his relationship with Love in Kurt and Courtney. Much of the documentary's content was comprised of int

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Menendez: Blood Brothers
  • Actor
2017
81% Author: The JT LeRoy Story
  • Actor
$86.1k 2016
98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck
  • Actor
$0.5M 2015
No Score Yet Bob And The Monster
  • Actor
2013
64% Hit So Hard
  • Courtney Love
$30.9k 2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • Actor
$0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson
  • Actor
2005
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2004
18% Trapped
  • Cheryl
$7M 2002
56% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Julie Johnson
  • Claire
2001
No Score Yet Eminem - Behind the Mask Unauthorized
  • Actor
2001
57% Beat
  • Joan Vollmer
2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • Lynn Margulies
1999
28% 200 Cigarettes
  • Lucy
1999
No Score Yet Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl
  • Narrator
1999
63% Kurt & Courtney
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Althea Leasure
1996
16% Feeling Minnesota
  • Rhonda
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Big Pink
1996
38% Straight to Hell
  • Velma
1987
89% Sid and Nancy
  • Gretchen
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
86% Empire
2015
  • Elle Dallas
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • White Gold
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Performer
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Performer
  • 2012
  • 2011

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