Love, Courtney

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Love, Courtney Gender: F
Courtney Michelle Harrison
born on 9 July 1964 at 14:08 (= 2:08 PM )
Place San Francisco, California, 37n47, 122w25
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°39' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 23°16 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 26°20'

Courtney Love
photo: Tom Edwards from London, England, license cc-by-2.0


American musician who reinvented herself several times, first as the vocalist and lead of her band "Hole," second as the wife of the tortured superstar Kurt Cobain, and finally, through the transformation of gutter grunge into Versace model in a ten-page spread in Vanity Fair.

Courtney was born to classic hippie parents in the mid-sixties. Her dad traveled with the cult band "The Grateful Dead," of which he wrote several books. Her mom was a free-spirited woman who did not giver her daughter the emotional attention she so much needed. Her parents went on to divorce a few years after Courtney was born. Courtney was a moody, hyper-active child who was prone to nightmares and tantrums. From the age of two, her mom took her to see psychologists. Courtney gained two half-sisters when her mother remarried and moved to New Zealand, leaving her behind in America. She was then shuffled from relative's homes to foster homes until she turned 16 and won legal emancipation through the courts and lived on a small trust fund her grandparents had set up for her. As an adult, she and her dad are bitter enemies.

Courtney started her band in 1989 and they released a debut album two years later, "Pretty on the Inside." Her first album with her band "Hole" in 1991 earned them the title of "most promising new group." In the UK, she had achieved distinction as the first female musician to trash her guitar on stage. She gained further notoriety for her temper and provocative, outspoken and confrontational behavior.

She met Kurt Cobain in 1991 just as he was rising to fame with his band, Nirvana, putting out "Nevermind."

On 24 February 1992, she married Cobain, the troubled singer/poet/songwriter/frontman. Several months later, on 18 August 1992, their daughter was born, Francis Bean Cobain. In a magazine article, Courtney was reported as saying she used heroin while pregnant. As a result, the Los Angeles Children's Services began action to take their daughter away. It was a long and painful battle which the Cobain's ultimately won in March 1993. The media called the union a bad career move because of the "groupie" label which is often attached to women who marry rock stars. They also attacked her and Cobain's drug use and their tumultuous marriage.

The marriage may have been tormented, but it was also loving, and Love was devastated when Cobain killed himself on 5 April 1994. It was co-incidental with the release of Hole's second album, "Live Through This." She was further dismayed by the death of bass player Kristin Pfaff on 15 June 1994. Nonetheless, the album went platinum a year later, breaking the sales mark of a million copies and was named best album of the year by Rolling Stone and Spin magazines.

Through 1995, Love was the focus of attention, most of it critical. She was arrested twice and she offended many with her antics, offstage and on, as well as her outrageous postings on the internet. In 1996, she amazed her critics with the brilliant performance she carried off in "The People vs. Larry Flynt," playing Flynt's wife Althea. She wanted that part so badly that she went through a detox program, as the film exec's would not sign her if she tested positive for drugs.

She not only became dry and clean, but appeared with her hair and skin washed, with style and makeup and couturier fashion, looking fabulous. The actor Edward Norton was seen by her side with growing frequency. A Yale graduate, reserved about his private life. Love commented, "Edward is so brilliant, so chivalrous. Both as an actor and a person, he's pure class." The side-liners laid wagers about whether Love could stand up to class.

In March 1988, the film "Kurt and Courtney" was released, a documentary suggesting that the death of Cobain was not a suicide. The film depicts Courtney as violent, manipulative, ruthless and ambitious. Her father, with whom she has been at war for years, seemed to take delight in promoting the film. He is also the author of the book "Who Killed Kurt Cobain?" Ed Norton compared the film to a witch-hunt, and the New Yorker magazine stated that Courtney was of more value as an icon of self-destruction than she was as a complex, evolving human being. Norton responded that this was "sexist, intellectually shallow and spiritually bankrupt. In the end, Courtney's achievements will speak louder than any of her critics."

Her first album in four years, "Celebrity Skin" was released on 8 August 1998 with catchy songs and a bright, new-wave sparkle. Her voice, usually toneless and flat, was higher and sweeter, testimony to the new Love, bathed and perfumed.

By 2000, Courtney was celebrating a new love, Geffen Records executive Jim Barber. In January 2001, she filed a $1.5-plus million lawsuit against Lesley Barber, his

ex-wife, claiming the woman ran over her foot in a Volvo -- costing Love a $500,000 movie role in director John Carpenter's upcoming "Ghosts of Mars." She suffered a miscarriage in mid-May 2001.

On late 6 May 2001, Love was robbed of more than $100,000 in jewels, including her wedding ring from her late husband, Kurt Cobain, toys belonging to her daughter, Frances Bean, and a $30,000 ring that she received from Ed Norton, from her hotel suite in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she was shooting a movie.

In October 2003, after several incidents of erratic behavior, Love lost custody of the daughter she had with the rocker Kurt Cobain. On 2 October 2003, Love reported broke into a private home and subsequently ingested a large amount of Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller. She was taken by ambulance to have her stomach pumped. On 10 October, authorities took her 11-year-old daughter Frances into protective custody. Love called a friend threatening suicide and that evening, was checked into a private psychiatric hospital in Pasadena, California. The singer requested rehabilitative services instead but apparently did not complete the course of treatment. On 17 October 2003, she received a report from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services that charged her with abandonment, and a judge gave temporary custody of her daughter to Wendy O’Connor, Kurt Cobain’s mother.

Continuing her downward spiral, on early 18 March 2004, Love was arrested for "reckless endangerment" after she threw a microphone into the audience of a New York nightclub and injured a patron. She had just appeared on the Dave Letterman show, where she repeatedly turned her back to the audience and flashed her breasts at the talk-show host. On 27 July 2004 in Los Angeles, she was sentenced to 18 months probation, including six months of rehab. The downward spiral seemed to continue; four days earlier, she surrendered to the Los Angeles Police Department on a separate charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The troubled performer was sentenced to six months in a lockdown rehab facility on 16 September 2005 in Los Angeles after she violated parole by taking drugs two months earlier.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Gordon, Kim (born 28 April 1953)
  • associate relationship with Perry, Linda (born 15 April 1965). Notes: collaborators
  • friend relationship with Corgan, Billy (born 17 March 1967). Notes: Former lovers and occasional collaborators
  • lover relationship with Norton, Edward (born 18 August 1969). Notes: relationship following their work together on "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
  • lover relationship with Reznor, Trent (born 17 May 1965). Notes: brief physical relationship in September 1994, during Hole/Nine Inch Nails tour
  • spouse relationship with Cobain, Kurt (born 20 February 1967). Notes: Marriage, ended by Cobain's suicide; one daughter


  • Relationship : Marriage 24 February 1992 in Waikiki (Kurt Cobain)
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  • Death of Mate 5 April 1994 (Husband committed suicide)
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  • Death of Significant person 15 June 1994 (Friend, bandmate Kristin Pfaff died)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 11 June 1995 (Alleged accidental sedative OD)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1996 (Film, People vs. Larry Flynt)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released March 1998 (Film, Curt and Courtney)
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  • Financial Crime Victimization 28 May 1998 (Sued by journalist, claims of assault and battery)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 8 August 1998 (Release of album, "Celebrity Skin")
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  • Health : Body changes (menopause, etc.) May 2001 (Miscarriage)
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  • Financial : Lose significant money 6 June 2001 (Robbed of $100,000 in jewelry)
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  • Work : End Major Project 23 May 2002 in Los Angeles (announces disbanding of Hole)
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  • Mental Health : Depressive episode 2 October 2003 (drug overdose)
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  • Family trauma 17 October 2003 (lost custody of daughter)
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  • Crime : Arrest 18 March 2004 (for "reckless endangerment")
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  • Health : Acute illness 9 July 2004 at 5:00 PM in Manhattan (hospitalized for gynecological medical condition, misses court date for assault charges)
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  • Crime : Arrest 23 July 2004 in Wilshire-La Brea (surrenders to California authorities)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 17 September 2005 (Rehabilitation for addiction)
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Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Nancy Hastings, Love's astrologer for four years. The B.C. reads Courtney Michelle Rodriguez Menely. Every time her mother remarried, the new stepfather would adopt her, a string of them. The B.C. only shows the last two. Her biological father is Hank Harrison, a former groupie with the Grateful Dead. (Love herself gives both 1964 and 1965, 2:08 PM on the Internet.)

Sy Scholfield and Dennis Sutton quoted Poppy Z. Brite's biography, "Courtney Love, The Real Story," p.21, "born at St. Francis Memorial Hospital," giving 9 July 1965, 9:15 AM. Scholfield added, however, that the on-line California Birth Index gives her data as: Courtney M. Harrison, born 9 July 1964, San Francisco County, Mother's maiden name: RISI. "She was therefore definitely born on this day with this name in 1964 in San Francisco, so the Brite bio has the wrong year, wrong name and quite possibly the wrong time."

Melissa Adams quotes her dad for the same date and place with 9:18 AM. Ed Steinbrecher gives the same but name of "Courtney Michelle Love Harrison/C.Menely" and 2.08 PM as time from mother, year uncertain (1964/65?).


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Bottle blonde)
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Frequent bad publicity, often in the news)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Prescription medications, recreational drugs)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Kurt Cobain)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Traumatic event (Husband committed suicide)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued (Journalist sued for assault and battery)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model (Versace model)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.