The Literary Ancestry of Courtney Love

Who knew that Humphrey Bogart threw Love’s great-grandmother into a lake, or that three generations of the Fox / Carroll / Love line have written books? Probably not very good books — I’m not about to read any — but I had no idea Love had such a tangled and interesting family backstory.

The story begins with Elsie Fox; she was Linda’s grandmother and Courtney’s great-grandmother (see family tree), though neither one knew she existed until 13 years ago. Turns out Elsie was Courtney’s intellectual wild-child doppelgänger. She partied hard with her husband, Paul Fox, and his cousin Douglas Fairbanks, and wrote screenplays so godawful that Graham Greene called one, Last Train From Madrid, “the worst movie I ever saw.”

The Seattle Weekly tells the tale. (Link via A&L Daily.)

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