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18 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Courtney Love

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When you hear Courtney Love‘s name, quite a few things may cross your mind: controversy magnet, rock ‘n’ roll widow, ’90s punk icon, crazy lady. But how much do you really know about her? When words fall out of Love’s mouth, you don’t necessarily have to take them at face value. The source of some of the items on our list of Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Courtney Love is Courtney Love herself. So who knows how true they are? You be the judge.


She was offered the villain role of Madison Lee in ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.‘ The role instead went to Demi Moore as her comeback performance.


She had a relatively long-term relationship with Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton, whom she met while filming ”The People vs. Larry Flynt.’

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She says that many actors hit on her for a chance to play Kurt Cobain in a future biopic about the late rocker. But she’s never named names.


She had a two-week-long tryst with British comedian Steve Coogan in the early ’00s that she refers to as her “last dance with cocaine”

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Tim P. Whitby, Getty Images

She posted an ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding a bassist like former Hole band member Melissa Auf Der Maur. “I got exactly one response,” Love said.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

She was famous Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s muse. But “he doesn’t make stuff for me anymore,” Love said. “He found Kim Kardashian.”


Love was the lead singer of Faith No More during the early ’80s. She was fired from the band before they became huge.


Her bestie is Gwyneth Paltrow.


She said she was approached by one of the TV-singing competition shows to be a judge, but nothing ever came of it and she never said which one.


She didn’t mind the first part of the ‘Behind the Music‘ episode about her life, but she thought the second hour was a waste of time.


She attended San Francisco’s Art Institute and studied art. But she said she “didn’t learn anything there.” It was all about finding her “own destiny.”

She was a spokesperson for the e-cigarettes company NJOY for a while.


The first time she tried heroin was at Charlie Sheen’s house.


She saved Chris Rock from a beating after he hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, and managed to piss off Jude Law and Guy Ritchie, who were out for blood at an after-party. “I was sitting with Courtney Love, and she … saved me from a fight,” Rock recalled. “She kind of barked or was growling, and that was it.”


She begged songwiter Linda Perry for Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’. Perry told her, “You’re not ready for Top 40. You’ll hate this song because you didn’t write it.” Aguilera got the song over Love and Britney Spears and became her biggest hit.


She ran a fashion blog in 2010 that illustrated the outfits she wore each day. It was called What Courtney Wore Today.


She wanted to change her name to Courtney Michelle a few years ago, because her old name was a “way to oppress me.”


She’s one of the Top 5 clients on the online shopping site Net-A-Porter.


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