Crossing Over: Courtney Love

15 03 2007

This is a new feature about musicians who have made the leap to acting and the results. Some have gained acclaim while others have become Razzie hall-of-famers. Either way when a musician tackles the silver screen we all take notice and savor the outcome.

celebrity_1168.jpgCourtney Love-Cobain
Born: July 9, 1964
Musicial Credits: As frontwoman of grunge act Hole.
1991: Pretty on the Inside (Never charted, 389,000)
1994: Live Through This (Peaked at #52, Double Platinum)
1995: Ask For It (Peaked at #172, 138,000)
1998: Celebrity Skin (Peaked at #9, Double Platinum)
As solo artist.
2004: America’s Sweetheart (Peaked at #53, 250,000)
2007: How Dirty Girls Get Clean (Out in Summer 2007)

Love got an early start on her acting career by landing roles in Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy (1986) and Straight to Hell (1987). She followed that with another small role in 1988’s Tapeheads. Then she began to focus her attention onto music and took time away from acting. During this time, she had met Kurt Cobain, gotten married, had a child and won over a legion of grunge fans with her band, Hole. In the aftermath of her husband’s suicide and the sudden mainstream success of her music, Love returned to the silver screen. In 1996, she starred in two very different films with very distinct results. The first was a commercial disappointment, Feeling Minnesota starring Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz. Though her performances received a few positive reviews the film went unnoticed by the masses as a pulled a slender $3.1 million during its entire run. Her fortune would soon change with a raved performance in Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt, which not only put Ms. Love on the map but also her up-n-coming co-star, a young Edward Norton. Love was unbelievable as Larry Flynt’s wife who dies of AIDS and this time it didn’t go unnoticed as she picked up various critic awards and even a Golden Globe nomination for her work. It seemed she rock star had crossed over to movie star, but poor choices in roles would soon derail Love.
After wrapping the tour in support of Hole’s Celebrity Skin, she returned to theaters, again with two films. 200 Cigarettes was a disposable comedy from MTV Studio and it completely failed to find an audiences in turn it quickly sank. The next pinned her with Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon. Whereas the movie was blessed with good reviews and more raves about her work as a thespians, audiences didn’t bite.
In 2000, Love began work on Beat playing the wife of author William Burroughs alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Ron Livingston. The independent movie created some buzz but didn’t catch onto the mainstream audience. The next project was Julie Johnson, a strong about a woman struggle to discover who she is. Love played Claire who was a friend of Julie (Lili Taylor) who ends up becoming more. The movie brought the actress a new audience as she won LA Outfest’s Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film.
After playing a lesbian, Love steps into the shoes of a grieving mother in 2002’s Trapped. Despite a cast which include Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron and Stuart Townshend, the film only managed a meager $6.9 million during its run.
In 2008, Love will star in Lovelace as the title character, a role for which she beat out Angelina Jolie. The film is about Linda Lovelace who starred in one of the most successful prono film, Deep Throat.
Love has proven her talent as an actress, but she needs to pay more attention to the projects she selects.

Top Tracks
“Dying” (Hole)
“Heaven Tonight” (Hole)
“Doll Parts” (Hole)
“Be A Man” (Hole)

Personal quotes from Ms. Love
>>“I’m not a woman, I’m a force of nature.”
>>“I’m not going to hurt anybody other than that dick who keeps writing songs about me” –about David Grohl in a Howard Stern interview.
>>“Cocaine is like really evil coffee.” (What she told her daughter about drugs.)
>>“You’re no one in the rock industry unless you’ve feuded with me or slept with Winona Ryder.
>>“Being famous is just like being in high school. But, I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed. And plenty of you are out there in the smoker shed too. When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, it’s just like high school” (From an interview in the August 2004 Seventeen magazine).
>>“Knowing me, I’d probably end up at a bar, asking some guy to get me another martini. Still bleaching my hair at 59.” (her response to what she thinks she’ll be like when she’s old.)

Here is a clip from her breakthrough film, The People Vs. Larry Flynt. (I wish I could have gotten a better clip but this was the best youtube had to offer):




3 responses

17 03 2007

I loved her in The People Vs. Larry Flynt and Trapped, but haven’t seen any other films. As a person she has also seemed a bit too crazy for me.

22 03 2007

You and your Courtney Love. She is a better actress than musician though. I know that is going to sit the wrong way with you, but it is true. I did love her in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” even though you made me watch that when we in high school.

3 08 2007


nice post

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