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September 4, 2008: "Courtney Love Spends $300K On Daugher Frances Bean's Over The Top 16th Birthday Party"
Courtney Love spent $300,000 on her daughter's birthday party. The Hole singer - who is the widow of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain - spared no expense in ushering Frances Bean into adulthood at her "RIP childhood" themed 16th birthday.
The event saw Frances sporting a dress previously worn by her father Cobain at a performance at Reading Festival.
Courtney arrived in a dress worn by actress Angelica Huston in creepy comedy movie "The Addams Family."
Courtney recently revealed she called on TV hypnotist and weight loss guru Paul McKenna to help shed the pounds.
She said: "I've known Paul for years. I lost weight last year the old-fashioned way by dieting and living off protein shakes. But it was hard to stay disciplined."
"He's brilliant and is totally responsible for me staying so skinny. Whenever I start to feel my resolve weaken, I go to Paul for another hypnosis session."
July 28, 2008: "Courtney Love Credits Hypnotist For Dramatic Weight Loss"
The former Hole singer has been seeing the TV weight-loss guru since piling on the pounds after quitting drugs.
She told friends: "I've known Paul for years. I lost weight last year the old-fashioned way by dieting and living off protein shakes. But it was hard to stay disciplined."
"He's brilliant and is totally responsible for me staying so skinny. Whenever I start to feel my resolve weaken, I go to Paul for another hypnosis session."
However, friends of the star - who is the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain - are worried she is now dangerously thin.
One told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper: "She is skeletal now. Her weight would always yo-yo depending on whether she was doing drugs or not but then she cleaned up her act in rehab and replaced drugs with food."
"But Courtney is an addict and now she is addicted to losing weight. She looks terrible. She needs to put on a stone at least. Ever since she's been seeing McKenna for hypnosis sessions, she's lost more weight. It doesn't look good but she thinks he's a genius."
July 23, 2008: "Courtney Love Sued For Failing To Share Nirvana's Publishing Rights"
Courtney Love has been sued for allegedly duping a business management and accounting firm over a percentage of Nirvana's publishing rights.
Love, widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, purportedly failed to give London & Co. their share of $975,000 from the proceeds of the band's publishing rights, which was sold for $19.5 million. They claim that Love made an oral agreement with them in which she promised to give them 5% of her earnings.
Although it is unclear which deal they are referring to. It may be the suit that occurred in 2006 when the former Hole rocker sold her 35% share of Nirvana holdings to former Virgin Records exec Larry Mestel, which was rumored to be worth $50 million.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
July 18, 2008: "Courtney Love Suffers From A Panic Attack Before Meeting Gwyneth Paltrow"
Courtney Love had a panic attack on the way to stay with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin because she thought she wasn't "good enough" for them.
The former Hole singer felt inadequate as she traveled to stay with the 'Shakespeare in Love' actress, who she calls GP, and her Coldplay frontman husband.
She said: "Over the years Gwyneth has always invited me out to London and I have always procrastinated. I was like, 'What if I come out to hang out with her and Chris Martin, who is a genius, and me being such the opposite of who they are.' My 'What if?' worries started to kick in."
"So f**k it! I decide to go to GP and face my fears, I pull up to a neighborhood near Chelsea. My anxiety is kicking in and I am terrified I am not good enough for GP, for their beautiful lovely home, and lovely lifestyle and lovely family! What if my hair is messy? What if my extensions fall out? What if I have lipstick and spinach stuck between my teeth? What if they don't get my jokes? What if they hate to gossip? What if I accidentally made a stain on Gwyneth's coffee table?"
However, Courtney says she was soon made to feel comfortable by Chris, Gwyneth and their two children - Apple and Moses. She added on her MySpace blog: "I arrive two minutes early, and before I can even light my nerve smoke, Chris greets me at that gate with a gorgeous smile and a big hug. As I enter the kitchen there's an ashtray, two lighters and two packs of Silk Cuts. Did I just f**king die and go to heaven? Next thing I know I am being kissed by a beautiful woman (GP), wearing an apron! She is all chipper and rubs my head and pinches my cheeks! I am so overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the fact I can f**king have a smoke without getting arrested or kicked out."
"I give GP a big bear hug and just lifted her up off the floor and guess what? She is a slip of a girl and light as a feather and far more beautiful than should be legal with an IQ that I have discovered and cannot reveal, although it is out of this world and much higher than one might think."
June 3, 2008: "Courtney Love Advised To Abort Kurt�s Child"
Courtney Love was advised to abort Kurt Cobain�s child.
Courtney Love fell pregnant in 1992 and was advised that her drug use could harm the unborn baby.
Former Warner Bros records boss � and ex-Nirvana manager � Danny Goldberg claims in a new book that: �the doctor tried to give clinical advice, suggesting to Courtney that it was not a great idea to have a baby while dealing with addiction. He suggested that it might not be safe for the baby, and Courtney, who was only six weeks pregnant, went into a confrontational mode, saying: �Is that a medical fact, or is that just your opinion? I want to see it in a medical book.� She was interested in medical facts, not a sermon. He sheepishly acknowledged that at this early stage of pregnancy a woman could discontinue heroin use with no physical or psychological damage to the foetus. Courtney looked triumphant as she towered over the doctor seated at his desk.�
Courtney stopped taking heroin and daughter Frances Bean was born in perfect health later that year. Nirvana front man Kurt � who married Courtney Love in February 1992 - committed suicide in April 1994
March 8, 2008: "Courtney Love Reveals �36 Million Fraud Of Kurt Cobain�s Estate"
Courtney Love has reportedly contacted the police claiming that her dead husband Kurt Cobain�s estate has been defrauded of up to �36 million.
Courtney believes this is one of the biggest ID theft cases in American history. She said she has high hopes of bringing the thieves to justice, saying, �I know who they are. Taking a child�s money and future is a really horrible thing.�
Courtney Love revealed that identity thieves had also set up 188 credit cards in her name.
The fraudsters reportedly used Kurt�s social security number to purchase a $3.2million house.
News of the �1.6million mansion emerged yesterday, despite Courtney admitting she knew that fraud was going on five years ago.
Courtney met with the police in Van Nuys, LA, and gave them details of a probe by forensic accountants Kroll which discovered �36 million missing.
Courtney reportedly said, �I knew it had been going on since when I went cuckoo, bananas, in 2003. It was fraud after fraud. But nobody believed me until now. I did a check on my deceased husband�s social security number and he has a house in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He bought it last year. I would like to know how. He should probably get his a** back home if that is the case.�
Kurt Cobain shot himself dead in April 1994, making Courtney Love the owner of 98% of Nirvana�s grunge catalogue. His estate makes �21 million a year, most of which goes into a trust fund for their daughter Frances Bean.
Two years ago Courtney lost control of her finances as she struggled with drug addiction, and she sold 25% of the catalogue.
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Birth name: Courtney Michelle Harrison.
Also known as:
-Courtney Michelle Love.
-Courtney Michelle Cobain.
-Courtney Love Cobain.
-Love Michelle Harrison.
Born: July 9, 1964 San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other name: Hole / Courtney Love-Cobain.
Height: 5' 9�" (1.77 m).
-Kurt Cobain (24 February 1992 - 5 April 1994) (his death) they have one child.
-James Moreland (1989 - 1989) (divorced).
Courtney Love biography (bio):
Courtney Love Cobain is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress. Love is best known as lead singer for the now-defunct alternative rock band Hole, and for her two-year marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964, to Hank Harrison and Linda Carroll (daughter of author Paula Fox), in San Francisco, California, where her parents first met and married. Love spent her childhood travelling with her mother to various locales, including New Zealand, Australia, and Oregon. As a teenager, Love listened mostly to punk rock and new wave.
Eventually, she would head back to the United States, ending up in Portland, Oregon, still avidly pursuing music. Love supported herself by working as a stripper. Love's first rock musician boyfriend was Rozz Rezabek of the Portland band Theatre of Sheep, who had an affair with her while she was still underage. Though the two wrote each other copious love letters, Love has said in many interviews that he did not take her virginity; she claims her first sexual encounter was a one-night stand with Michael Mooney, a sometimes-guitarist for Echo & the Bunnymen and later to Spiritualized.
Love continued to travel on her own, leaving Portland for Japan and then Ireland. Love made her way to England in the early 1980s where she spent her time hanging out in the Liverpool post-punk scene. While there Love befriended musician Julian Cope of The Teardrop Explodes and moved into his Toxteth, Liverpool home. In his autobiography Head-On, Cope doesn't use her name, but refers to her as "the adolescent."
Early musical career:
Love began her professional music career with a brief stint as the lead singer of Faith No More. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum described the band at the time as "democratic", saying that Love's dominating personality did not fit in. The two artists have remained friends, working together recently in 2005 on a track for the film Adam & Steve.
At age 22, Love moved back to Portland, then on to Los Angeles in 1987 with fellow musician Kat Bjelland, beginning a period in which Love would form bands with Bjelland only to be ousted by her from each. The pair first formed a band in L.A. with Jennifer Finch called Sugar Baby Doll (alternately Sugar Babylon). During this time Love and Bjelland began to dress alike, wearing dirty Babydoll dresses, plastic girl's hair clips, ripped stockings and overdone, often smeared makeup. An argument between the two raged over who had come up with their signature style, later dubbed Kinderwhore. Love claimed that she took the style from Christina Amphlett of 1980s Australian rock group, Divinyls, in an interview in the Los Angeles fanzine Ben Is Dead.
Love and Bjelland later formed a band called The Pagan Babies in San Francisco, with Deidre Schletter on drums and Janis Tanaka on bass. The band recorded a demo of four tracks, then ejected Love and renamed themselves Italian Whorenuns. Lastly, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bjelland started what ultimately would become her longest-running band, Babes in Toyland: Courtney briefly played bass, but was kicked out of this group as well. Love had more early success as an actress, appearing as the best friend of Nancy Spungen in Alex Cox's Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy in 1986, and in Cox's Straight to Hell in 1987, as well as some small roles on television episodes.
In 1989, Love taught herself to play guitar and set out to form her own band. To do so, she placed an ad in an issue of Flipside, to which Eric Erlandson replied. Love and Erlandson co-founded Hole and are the only two members to remain constant throughout the band's history. The group made their first gig in November 1989, after three months of rehearsal, and quickly started releasing singles on the Long Beach, California independent label Sympathy for the Record Industry. The band's debut album Pretty on the Inside was released in early 1991 on Caroline Records and was produced by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Don Fleming of the band Gumball. It sold well for an independent release and received ecstatic reviews in the influential British alternative music press. During this period, she befriended many influential figures in the alternative rock scene, including Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins (whom she briefly dated.)
Love met Kurt Cobain of the grunge band Nirvana at the Satyricon club in Portland in 1989. Love developed a crush on the singer, explaining, "I just thought he was really beautiful." Love lived a block away from the Los Angeles apartment complex where the band resided during the recording of their second album, Nevermind, in 1991. Love would stop by often and in Cobain's words, they "bonded over pharmaceuticals." However, early in their courtship Cobain broke off dates and ignored Love's advances because he wasn't sure he wanted to consummate their relationship. Cobain noted, "I was determined to be a bachelor for a few months [. . .] But I knew that I liked Courtney so much right away that it was a really hard struggle to stay way from her for so many months."
Love was friends with Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and would call him in order to talk to Cobain while Nirvana was touring behind Nevermind in 1991. Later that year Hole toured Europe the same time as Nirvana, and the two became a couple. Love and Cobain were married on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii on February 24, 1992. On August 18 of that year, the couple's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born.
On April 8, 1994, four days before the release of Hole's breakthrough album Live Through This, Kurt Cobain's body was found in his Seattle, Washington home, killed by a shotgun wound to his head. Cobain's death was officially ruled a suicide. Love read his suicide note to assembled, mourning fans at a memorial service in Seattle a few days after his body was found. She interrupted the note frequently to express her anger and extreme sorrow. Finally, Love implored Nirvana fans not to listen to Cobain's infamous final words, "It's better to burn out than fade away," a lyric from Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My."
Live Through This tour (1994):
The band was struck by disaster again when bassist Kristen Pfaff died of an apparent heroin overdose on June 16, 1994, just two months after Cobain's death and the new album's release. A few months later, Love told MTV's Kurt Loder, "you know...people go back to work. This is what I do. I gotta make a living." Hole recruited 22-year-old bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur (on Corgan's recommendation) to fill in for Pfaff, and took Hole on the road, appearing at the Reading Festival in England. The band's performance was written up by broadcaster John Peel in The Guardian:
" Courtney's first appearance backstage certainly caught the attention. Swaying wildly and with lipstick smeared on her face, hands and, I think, her back, as well as on the collar of her dress, the singer would have drawn whistles of astonishment in Bedlam. After a brief word with supporters at the foot of the stage, she reeled away, knocking over a wastebin, and disappeared. Minutes later she was onstage giving a performance which verged on the heroic...Love steered her band through a set which dared you to pity either her recent history or that of the band...the band teetered on the edge of chaos, generating a tension which I cannot remember having felt before from any stage."
Meanwhile, Live Through This was a commercial and critical success. Rolling Stone, Spin and Village Voice all declared it "Album of the Year", and by November the record was certified gold. By April 1995, it went platinum. Hole next embarked on a tour opening for Nine Inch Nails.
Celebrity Skin era (1996-2000):
Love received considerable acclaim for her role as Larry Flynt's wife, Althea, in Milo� Forman's 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt, opposite Woody Harrelson as Flynt. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. During this time she met and began dating Edward Norton, a relationship which would become her longest yet. The two were engaged, but ultimately broke up.
In 1998, Hole released Celebrity Skin. Rolling Stone gave the album four out of a possible five stars, saying "the album teems with sonic knockouts that make you see all sorts of stars. It's accessible, fiery and intimate � often at the same time. Here is a basic guitar record that's anything but basic." Celebrity Skin went on to go multi-platinum, and topped "Best of Year" lists at Spin, the Village Voice, and other periodicals. Erlandson was still the lead guitarist, and now there were Melissa Auf Der Maur's backup vocals and bass, but drummer Patty Schemel was replaced by a session drummer during the recording.
Around this time, Love created with Fender's low-price sub-brand Squier her personal line of guitars, Vista Venus (as Cobain did in 1994, doing the design of his Fender Jag-Stang). The instrument featured a shape inspired by Mercury, Stratocaster and Rickenbacker's solidbodies and had a single-coil and a humbucker pickup. In an early 1999 interview, Love said about the Venus: "I wanted a guitar that sounded really warm and pop, but which required just one box to go dirty (...) And something that could also be your first band guitar. I didn't want it all teched out. I wanted it real simple, with just one pickup switch. Because I think that cultural revolutions are in the hands of guitar players. Also, I am a total hosebag". She also declared, "my Venus is better than the Jag-Stang". The Squier Vista Venus model is currently discontinued, as is the Jag-Stang as of 2006.
Hole toured Australia in 1999 to support the album, then hit the U.S. on an ultimately failed co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson. The two bands often mocked each other on stage Hole eventually dropped off the tour, citing their obligation to pay 50% of Manson's staging costs as a major reason. The singers of both bands told MTV there was no personal animosity, and they were happy to end the tour. Hole finished off the year's dates with Imperial Teen opening.
In May 2000, Love spoke in New York at the Digital Hollywood online entertainment conference, giving a speech criticizing the major American record labels. The speech was then reproduced on the news site Salon.com, and was, at the time, their most popular article to date. In the speech, Love accused the major labels of devising a corrupt system of recording contracts to make the labels millions, while the band itself "may as well be working at a 7-Eleven."
With Hole fallen into disarray, Love attempted to begin a "punk rock femme supergroup" called Bastard during summer/autumn of 2001, enlisting Schemel, Veruca Salt frontwoman Louise Post, and bassist Gina Crosley, whom Post recommended. Though a demo was completed, the project never reached fruition: conflicts between Love and Crosley, then between Love and replacement bassist Corey Parks from Nashville Pussy, reportedly led to the group's demise. On May 24, 2002, Hole announced their breakup amid continuing litigation with Universal Music Group.
Going solo (2001-2004):
"I need to be saved," Love told Rolling Stone magazine writer Neil Strauss during an interview in May, 2004. "I need to be fucking saved."
On October 2, 2003, Love was arrested in Los Angeles while breaking several windows to enter her then-boyfriend, manager and producer Jim Barber's home. Barber did not press charges (Love says she had paid for the home), but the police charged her with being under the influence of a controlled substance. Released on bail, just four hours later Love was rushed to a hospital to be treated for an accidental overdose of Oxycontin. Eight days later, on October 10, Frances Bean was taken by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and placed with Wendy O'Connor, Cobain's mother.
Authorities then ordered a 72-hour hospital evaluation of Love's health, but she walked from the facility, claiming she was ready to head directly to rehab. When Love didn't attend, her lawyer issued a statement that they may move to have the police department's toxicology reports re-examined. In public appearances, Love protested her arrest, denying all charges, describing the drugs found on her as "one expired Percocet and one Ambien". The police report, however, alleged possession of Oxycontin and Hydrocodone without prescription.
In 2003, Love pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges related to possession of painkillers. In February 2004, an arrest warrant was issued for Love after she failed to appear at a preliminary hearing. The warrant was subsequently rescinded when she appeared in court on February 18. She released her first solo album, America's Sweetheart, just eight days earlier. The album was a commercial flop and received a mixed reaction from critics. Spin called it a "jawdropping act of artistic will", while Rolling Stone proclaimed "For people who enjoy watching celebrities fall apart, America's Sweetheart should be more fun than an Osbournes marathon." The record was re-recorded and finished while Love was either fresh from or still undergoing drug rehab, and in its first three months the album sold about 86,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
In early 2004, just as she had completed her first batch of songs, Love contacted ex Hole drummer Samantha Maloney asking her to fly to France (after drummer Patty Schemel departed for the second time) and add drums to Love's otherwise complete solo debut, America's Sweetheart. Returning to the States, Maloney was put in charge of assembling Love's live band. After a world wide search and countless auditions Maloney reconnected with guitarist Radio Sloan, found guitarist Lisa Leveridge, bassist Dvin, and the four women formed the core of Love's backing band. After playing with the band for only a few weeks Love decided to call her new band "The Chelsea" after Maloney's previous endeavour.
In January 2005, Love regained the custody of her daughter that she had lost in October 2003, after completing a state-enforced rehabilitation program and enduring a probational period. Child welfare authorities alluded to drug addiction when responding to the press on the matter, though they didn't comment directly.
On August 19, 2005, Love admitted using drugs in violation of her probation. She was ordered into a 28-day drug treatment program by a judge who initially said "my belief was that you need to go to the county jail." This program was also violated, and on September 21 she was sentenced to six months in lock down rehab.
Present day (2005-Present):
In June 2005, three months after being released from court-ordered drug rehabilitation, Love started recording her second solo LP, titled Nobody's Daughter. She began writing the new material during rehab. Song titles include "My Bedroom Walls", "Pacific Coast Highway", "Sunset Marquis", and an anti-cocaine song named "Loser Dust", among others. Former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry is producing the record. Billy Corgan has also assisted Love in writing and recording some tracks. A documentary about the making of the record, entitled The Return of Courtney Love, was filmed, written and produced by Will Yapp and aired on British TV network More4 on September 27, which resulted in leaking of sound clips of some of the songs off of Nobody's Daughter. The first entire song to be available for downloading was "Never Go Hungry Again", recorded in a rough acoustic version during an interview for The Times in November. Audio clips from the recording of the song "Samantha" also were made available on Internet in May 2007, through an interview to NPR.org, though not in its entirety. More recently the complete track "How Dirty Girls Get Clean" began streaming on her website. Alan McGee of poptones called the new music "more charged and captivating than ever".
On February 3, 2006, Love was released from house arrest and issued the following statement: "I would just like to thank the court for allowing me these 90 days... [It] helped me deal with a very gnarly drug problem, which is behind me... I've just been playing guitar and taking care of my daughter. I want to [take this opportunity] to let the community know I'm doing great... I've been really inspired and have remained inspired." On July 2, 2007 she is off to Europe, with her band.
Courtney's new band consists of:
Pato Vidal (Bass)
Liam Angelick (Guitar, and can also be seen in the A/W 07 Burberry Campaign shot by Mario Testino)
Stu Fisher (Drums)
Micko Larkin (Guitar, formerly of Larrakin Love
Love has released a memoir/diary collection book, Dirty Blonde, in October 2006, and her second solo album is slated for an autumn release. She also collaborated with DJ Milky and Ai Yazawa to make the manga Princess Ai. On June 1, 2007, Love made her stage comeback in a not-so-secret gig, by the end of a Linda Perry show at House of Blues in Los Angeles. With Perry and the producer's backup band, she performed the songs "Nobody's Daughter", "Sunset Marquis", "Pacific Coast Highway" and "Letter to God". On July 23, 2007, Love added the first song to her MySpace page, titled "Dirty Girls", followed by a piano and vocal only demo of "Sunset Marquis".
In recent interviews Christopher Scott, a noted Art and Fashion Photographer, has referred to Love as one of his muses. Also, she has worked with David LaChapelle, appearing on the cover of his book 'Heaven and Hell' depicting the pieta. In a blog about this photoshoot, LaChapelle referred to her:
The thing about Courtney Love is that she is one of the most referenced, smart, and charismatic women I have ever met. She lights up the fucking room. I was at a party with Elizabeth Taylor and Donatella Versace, and countless other celebrities and the only person anyone was looking at was Courtney. She is just so smart and so funny. And that why talented guys like her. Talent likes talent, creative likes creative and genius likes genius.
She was once the muse to the late designer Gianni Versace, another noted figure in the fashion industry. Love currently lives in L.A. with her daughter.
Love's mother Linda Carroll was adopted by an Italian-American couple at birth, retaining no contact with her birth father or her birth mother, whom she later discovered was the well-known children's writer Paula Fox (herself also adopted). Carroll penned an autobiography titled Her Mother's Daughter, released in 2006, about her relationship with both adoptive mother and elder daughter.
Conflicting news stories began to appear in August 2003 regarding Love's family tree, some of them remarking that Love's mother had taken DNA tests, and that the results proved that Carroll's father was actor Marlon Brando. The news reports implied this disclosure would appear in Carroll's then-forthcoming memoir. Later that month, however, a spokeswoman for Carroll's publisher, Doubleday, told the New York Daily News, "There was nothing in Linda Carroll's book proposal about Marlon Brando, nor will there be anything in the book about him. I've spoken to her and she has told me that there is no truth to the suggestion that she is related to Marlon Brando."