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

Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is the frontwoman of early 90s {{grunge}} band Hole and widow of Music/KurtCobain.

She moved around a lot in TheEighties and was in various bands. At one point she joined Music/FaithNoMore as a temporary vocalist, but was kicked out for (surprise) clashing too much with the other musicians. Along with guitarist Eric Erlandson, she started [=Hole=] in 1989, which has/had [[RevolvingDoorBand an 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.
# ''Music/LiveThroughThis'' (1994), a more obviously {{Grunge}} album produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (previously producers for Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Pablo Honey''). It became their most successful album, but Cobain's contributions were uncredited, which brought about rumors that it was ghostwritten by Kurt Cobain. (Kurt contributed nearly-inaudible backing vocals to "Asking for It" and "Softer, Softest".) 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.
# ''Celebrity Skin'' (1998), a more-accessible PowerPop 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.

Love disbanded Hole circa 2002 after a period of inactivity, and became more known for erratic behavior and insulting other [[AlternativeRock alt-rock]] musicians than her music. She did not endear herself to Music/{{Nirvana}} fans by provoking a legal pissing match with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, delaying the release of the ''With the Lights Out'' box set for three years.

In 2004, Love 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. In 2009, she revived Hole with an entirely new lineup, annoying Erlandson and Auf Der Maur, since they only learned about it from Love's announcement. (The latter was baffled by the announcement saying she would be the bassist.) This lineup (Love, Micko Larkin, Shawn Dailey and Stu Fisher) put out a new album, ''Nobody's Daughter'' (2010). The album receives very, very mixed reviews. Fisher left a year after the release, being replaced with Scott Lipps. Hole disbanded a second time in 2012, and Love is again a solo act, touring with people like Music/LanaDelRey.

After some bit parts in the late 80s, she 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 Creator/RogerEbert. Yes, she's perpetually name-droppy, but in reality she's always seemed to be privy to a lot of insider information. "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a party at the Four Seasons, don't go." Everyone laughed this off. No big deal, Courtney’s crazy! Then she got blacklisted by her talent agency.[[note]]There is also an interview with Howard Stern where she hinted--but fell far short of revealing too much--about David Bowie's illness.[[/note]]

More strange stuff:

* She auditioned for ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub'' at age 12...using a poem by Creator/SylviaPlath.
* Love was in the music video for "I Wanna Be Sedated" by Music/TheRamones.
* Love is not just connected to Kurt Cobain, but four other members of the "27 Club": Music/TheGratefulDead’s Pigpen [=McKernan=], Echo and the Bunnymen’s Pete de Freitas, The Gits' Mia Zapata, and Hole’s Kristen Pfaff.
* Hole's "Violet" was written about Billy Corgan. Two psycho control freaks in a relationship, shocker that it never worked out. Love says it's "a song about a jerk, I hexed him and now he's losing his hair."
* She created a {{Self Insert|Fic}} {{Manga}} called ''Manga/PrincessAi'' under Creator/{{Tokyopop}} in 2004.
* Creator/DrewBarrymore is the godmother of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. She's been almost been called into active duty more than any 10 Army reservists combined.


* Albums with Hole:
** ''Pretty on the Inside'' (1991)
** ''Music/LiveThroughThis'' (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)

!'''Courtney Love provides examples of the following tropes:'''
* ArcWords: The word "milk" is repeated several times throughout ''Live Through This''.
* TheAtoner: She seems to have made making peace with her old enemies to be her resolution for 2014. First she made peace with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, then she was later seen reaching out to others that she had rocky relationships with, such as [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]] and Music/MarilynManson, on social media.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Violet" is the go-to example of this)
* 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}}.
* FootballFightSong: Invoked in "Be A Man."
* GenerationXerox: Younger Courtney + Kurt's laid back personality + PerkyGoth = Frances Bean Cobain.
* GirlGroup: Her first group "Pagan Babies" with Kat Bjelland, Jennifer Finch and baterista Janis Tanaka. It didn't take long.
* 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''.
* IAmTheBand:
** In the 80's, he 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".
** 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.
* MaleBandFemaleSinger: Mostly seen with ''Hole'' where she was the vocalist, as well her solo career having backup groups made with male only.
* 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.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple:
** Inverted with the original incarnation of Hole, where Eric Eraldson was the only male member out of a grand total of 10.
** Played straight with the 2009-2012 incarnation where everyone but Courtney was a guy (though less blatant by the fact that apart from the drummer, the lineup was stable the whole time)
* ToTheTuneOf: ''Pretty on the Inside'''s "Starbelly" borrows its riff from Music/NeilYoung's "Cinnamon Girl".
-->''"I told you from the start just how this would end..."''