Courtney Love might be a household name, regardless of your feelings for the various titles she’s starred in over the years. But before fame became a rocker, widow of a grunge music icon, and even an actress, Courtney Michelle Harrison was just a Northern California girl trying to make her way in the world. His early dreams were larger than life and included his obsession with music and Hollywood fame.
In order to turn her dreams into reality, Courtney Love knew she had to start taking action. One of those early stages of her career included exotic dancing at various clubs in the Los Angeles scene. And it turns out those $300-a-night dance days helped fund the start of her band. It also paved the way for a successful career in television, film and especially music.
How Courtney Love made her name
Courtney Love has made a name for herself in various circles. She is widely considered a rock star, her singing career beginning as a guest with the band Faith No More. She then started her own group, Hole, and released a solo album in 2004 titled american sweetheart. Discogs presents the range of albums and releases that includes Hole’s Pretty inside, live through itand Celebrity skin.
Love’s success hasn’t been limited to music. She has also participated in a variety of on-screen projects. IMDb shares his filmography which includes TV roles with hits like Sons of Anarchy (2014) as Mrs. Harrison and Empire (2015) as Elle Dallas. You might also recognize her from big-screen fame as Althea Leisure Flynt in the 1996s. The People vs. Larry Flynt and Lynne Margulies in 1999 Man on the Moon.
And for those who may not recognize her work in music, television and film, she was also the wife of the late grunge legend Kurt Cobain, the former frontman of Nirvana. Cobain’s untimely and unexpected death in 1994 propelled Love and their daughter Frances into the headlines for years.
A background in exotic dancing paid off
LA Weekly sat down with Courtney Love a few years ago to talk about her career and personal life, including those early days as an exotic dancer in LA Before all the hubbub of rock and Hollywood, Love has moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to explore his talents and follow his dreams. Those first jobs for Love were on stage as an exotic dancer.
Love has worked at a few Los Angeles dance venues including Jumbo’s Clown Room, Nude, Nude, Nude! and the Century Lounge near the airport. She also worked at the Seventh Veil. Earning $300 a night was a lot of money back then. And for every five dollars earned, Love set aside one dollar to help fund the purchase of the Hole band’s first van and bottom line.
Love says exotic dance “absolutely [funded the band]and says that despite early temptations to do drugs, she found a way to be savvy with her finances.
Courtney Love isn’t the only celeb with exotic dancing roots
Courtney Love isn’t the first or only celebrity with ties to exotic dancing roots. According to Insider, Grammy winner and singer Eve shared her story of how exotic dancing led her to success in her music career and meeting rapper Mase. In other interviews, she, like others with similar experiences, also doesn’t regret pursuing the lifestyle of an exotic dancer.
For Eve, she said she was really glad she did, citing “it helped me find Eve” and inspired her to take her career and talent seriously. Other celebrities with roots as dancers, according to Insider’s list, include Channing Tatum, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, rapper Cardi B and Oscar winner Javier Bardem. Many of them are also grateful for the experience and perspective that the exotic dance life has provided them.
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