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->''I am, doll eyes, doll mouth, doll legs\\
I am, doll arms, big veins, dog bait''
-->-- '''Doll Parts'''

Frontwoman of early 90s {{Grunge}} band Hole, widow of Music/KurtCobain, currently [[CuteAndPsycho a few notches short of stable]]. Here's a reasonably quick rundown of her career:

# Born in 1964, she auditioned for ''TheMickeyMouseClub'' at age 12... using a poem by Creator/SylviaPlath.
# Moved around a lot in TheEighties and was in various bands. At one point she joined FaithNoMore as a temporary vocalist, but was kicked out for clashing too much with the others.
# Started [=Hole=] in 1989 with guitarist Eric Erlandson and a [[RevolvingDoorBand rather alarming inability to hang onto drummers and bass players]]. With Hole she made the following albums:
## ''Pretty on the Inside'' (1991), a harsh NoiseRock album produced by [[Music/SonicYouth Kim Gordon]] and Don Fleming. The lineup was Love, Erlandson, Jill Emery on bass and Caroline Rue on drums.
## ''Live Through This'' (1994), a more obviously {{Grunge}} album produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (previously producers for Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Pablo Honey''). This became their most successful album, and brought about rumors that it was ghostwritten by Kurt Cobain.[[note]]Cobain's contributions to the album were uncredited, nearly inaudible backing vocals to "Asking for It" and "Softer, Softest".[[/note]] For this album, Emery and Rue were replaced by Kristen Pfaff (who died of an accidental overdose two months after the album's release) and Patty Schemel.
## ''My Body, the Hand Grenade'' (1997), a compilation of early (and recent) material released while the band's attempt to record a third album collapsed. Included a Nirvana song called "Old Age" which was rewritten and credited entirely to Love without any mention of its origin, providing more fuel for Nirvana fans' disapproval.
## ''Celebrity Skin'' (1998), a much more accessible PowerPop-influenced album produced by [[Music/{{Soundgarden}} Michael Beinhorn]] and with some contributions by [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]] and Jordon Zadorozny of Blinker the Star. To prevent a repeat of ''Live Through This'', the album contained extensive liner notes and writer's credits just so people would know exactly who did what. Melissa Auf Der Maur played bass on the album (and quit in 1999 to join the Smashing Pumpkins), while Schemel controversially left during the sessions for unclear reasons and was replaced by a session drummer in the studio and Samantha Maloney for the tour.
# Married Kurt Cobain. You know the rest.
# After some bit parts in the late 80s, had a relatively successful period of acting in the mid 90s to early 2000s, most notably in ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt'' where she won quite a few awards and even managed to impress RogerEbert.
# Disbanded Hole circa 2002 after a period of inactivity, became slightly more known for drug addiction, erratic behaviour and a talent for annoying/insulting various other AlternativeRock figures than her music.
# Did not endear herself to Music/{{Nirvana}} fans by starting a long legal pissing match with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, delaying the release of the ''With the Lights Out'' box set for three years.
# Recorded a solo album, ''America's Sweetheart'' (2004). This was not as well received as her Hole material due to the weaker songwriting and overly commercial production, and even she admitted she was mostly out of it during recording. This album featured Music/EmilieAutumn, and launched her non-classical career.
# Resurrected the Hole name in 2009 with an entirely new lineup, annoying Erlandson and surprising Auf Der Maur in the process (both of them only found out about it after they saw the announcement; the latter was baffled by the announcement saying that she would be the bassist). This lineup (Love, Micko Larkin, Shawn Dailey and Stu Fisher) put out a new album, ''Nobody's Daughter'' (2010). People are still mostly on the fence about it. Fisher left a year after the release, being replaced with Scott Lipps. Hole disbanded again in 2012 and Love is again a solo act.

All things considered equal, as a female singer she is still able to perform a rare feat: conveying anger and rage ''without'' sounding or acting like a man and being perfectly credible in her anger.

She also has a {{Self Insert|Fic}} {{Manga}} called ''Manga/PrincessAi''.

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!Discography:

* Albums with Hole:
** ''Pretty on the Inside'' (1991)
** ''Live Through This'' (1994)
** ''Celebrity Skin'' (1998)
** ''Nobody's Daughter'' (2010)
* Compilations with Hole:
** ''My Body, the Hand Grenade'' (1997)
** ''Icon'' (2011)
* As a solo artist:
** ''America's Sweetheart'' (2004)

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!'''Courtney Love provides examples of the following tropes:'''
* ArchNemesis: [[Music/FooFighters Dave Grohl]]. The two have had strong feelings about each other and have been in multiple legal battles ever since Cobain's death and Nirvana's dissolution. Grohl always looks like the bigger person in said conflicts as his response to her antics is always just something along the lines of, "Oh, sounds like Courtney's gone 'round the bend again."
** It's possible that they have reconciled. At Nirvana's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the two embraced on stage to thunderous applause from the audience.
* ArcWords: The word "milk" is repeated several times throughout ''Live Through This''.
* AwesomeEgo:[[invoked]] Real world example. During TheEighties, she served as the frontwoman for Music/FaithNoMore for a short period (sacked when her domineering personality became apparent even then). Her replacement turned out to be so bad that a magazine commented on the band's "internal warfare".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Jesus, Courtney... (Violet is the go to example of this)
* CloudCuckoolander: In her "good" public appearances, she comes off as one of these. See JekyllAndHyde below.
* DroneOfDread: Pretty frequently. "Pretty on the Inside/Clouds" comes to mind, but it happens a lot.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before becoming famous with Hole, she made a cameo appearance in the video for [[Music/TheRamones "I Wanna Be Sedated"]], and was a temporary vocalist for Music/{{Faith No More}}.
* FollowTheLeader: She feels this way about TaylorMomsen.
** For Love herself, StevieNicks, who she strongly admires.
* FootballFightSong: Invoked in "Be A Man."
* GriefSong: She has at least one over Kurt's death.
* HarshVocals: Apparently Courtney was ''gargling whiskey'' while recording "Pretty on the Inside" for this effect. Her vocals later evolved into this more naturally over the years (bordering on [[VocalEvolution Vocal Decay]]), especially on ''Nobody's Daughter''.
* HiddenDepths: Her speech about how artists are unfairly treated by the record industry is surprisingly insightful, informative and well-written. Also, let's face it, her talent as a musician and a frontwoman is greatly underrated, most likely due to her scandalous private life.
* IAmTheBand: Former guitarist and only other constant member Eric Erlandson criticised the resurrection of the "Hole" name, saying he "had a contract" with Love that neither of them would reunite Hole without the other's involvement. Love responded by declaring that Hole is "MY band", and continued with the reunion. Erlandson did not pursue any further legal action (a decision Auf Der Maur attributed to his considerably mellower personality).
* IdenticalStranger: Her younger, non-surgically-altered self is a dead ringer for Creator/KateeSackhoff.
* ImageSong: "Letter to God".
* IndecipherableLyrics: When Courtney isn't screaming or genuinely singing, she gets to this. Though on ''Pretty on the Inside'', it's mostly the fault of the production.
* JekyllAndHyde: Love has had a mixture of "good" and "bad" public appearances. In her "good" public appearances she comes across as an elegant {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and raconteur. In her "bad" public appearances she comes off as an ungracious, catty tornado who documents her paranoia--[[TheShining Jack Torrence]] style--in scrambled, typo-ridden Tweets. This had lead many to believe that she has bipolar disorder, a condition that Kurt Cobain also had. Ironically, Courtney's mother was a psychotherapist.
** Lest you think we're exaggerating, the rocker opened up two separate accounts for "Good Sister" and "Bad Sister" (named for one of her songs) to [[http://jezebel.com/5882326/a-tale-of-two-courtneys duke it out over Twitter.]]
* MisogynySong: Things like "Baby Doll" and "Samantha" feel like this.
* NewSoundAlbum / GenreShift: ''Celebrity Skin'' is much more pop than the {{Grunge}} ''Live Through This'' and the NoiseRock ''Pretty on the Inside''.
* PrecisionFStrike: "I Think That I Would Die" is a a pretty slow and melancholy song, however it just makes the vitriol when she screams all the more powerful.
* RecordProducer: Rather influential for the album's overall sounds - Kim Gordon and Don Fleming's work on ''Pretty on the Inside'' is more NoiseRock-oriented and harsh, Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie gave ''Live Through This'' a more straightforward {{Grunge}} sound, and Michael Beinhorn contributed to ''Celebrity Skin'''s more pop leanings.
** Beinhorn also counts as an '''Acrimony Producer''': in a retrospective documentary on ''Celebrity Skin'', Love called Beinhorn a "Nazi" and Schemel accused him of forcing her out of the band in favour of working with a session drummer.
* RevolvingDoorBand: The only constant members of Hole were Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson - they cycled through drummers and bassists at a pretty fast rate (with the odd AuthorExistenceFailure, such as Kirsten Pfaff's heroin overdose). The recent reformation with an entirely-new lineup hasn't helped.
* RockStarSong: The original version of "Awful," which was several pages long, included things like this.
** In her solo album ''America's Sweetheart,'' "Mono" feels like this.
* ToTheTuneOf: ''Pretty on the Inside'''s "Starbelly" borrows its riff from NeilYoung's "Cinnamon Girl".
* UnkemptBeauty: Reinvented this for the early 90s, with tattered little dresses, [[UncannyValleyMakeup smeared makeup]] and unbrushed hair. Still considered highly attractive anyway.
** The look in question, Kinderwhore, was the attempt to look like a prostitute crossed with a child playing dress-up. She was accused of stealing it from Kat Bjelland of Music/BabesInToyland.
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-->''I told you from the start just how this would end...''