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  • Faith: Buddhist
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  July 09, 1964
  • Accomplishments:  Grammy Nominations
  • Fun Faith Fact!: 

    At one time, Courtney had a job picking berries on a farm.

Courtney Love had an unusual upbringing, to say the least. Her mother worked for a hospital, and her father was publisher and road manager for the Grateful Dead. She was born in San Francisco, but her parents divorced and her mother moved them to a commune in Oregon and remarried, and her stepfather adopted her. She attended a Montessori school, but struggled, but her mother divorced, then remarried and moved the whole family to New Zealand. After Courtney was expelled from another school, her mother sent her back to her stepfather in the United States. Soon after, she was arrested for shoplifting and entered the foster care system.

At 16 years old, she became an emancipated minor, and adopted the last name "Love". She soon began working in the music industry, doing odd jobs for groups, then began using her vocal talent to risk through the ranks. She learned to play the guitar, and formed the band Hole, after a line from Euripedes' medea, and a conversation with her mother when she told her that she couldn't walk about with a hole inside herself.

It may come as a surprise that, even though Courtney's relationship with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was extremely public, the duo only ever performed together one time. After Kurt's death, she acted some, and returned to the stage with a deeper sense of maturity and self reliance.

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