Courtney Love tells Vanity Fair she has no real connection with daughter
WITH BILL ZWECKER October 5, 2011 7:00PM
Courtney Love (left) with her only child, daughter Frances Bean Cobain, in Beverly Hills in 2007. | Gabriel Bouys~Getty Images
Updated: November 16, 2011 9:25AM
Ticked off people lead the news today:
† I’m hearing that Courtney Love’s big interview in the new Vanity Fair isn’t having the healing effect she had hoped it would on Frances Bean, her daughter with the late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.
While much of the article focuses on her relationship and feelings for Cobain, Love also bemoans the fact she has no real relationship any more with her only child.
Though Love blames herself for failing to read to Frances as a child or take her to a Broadway show, a source close to the 19-year-old scoffed at that, saying, “It’s all about the emotional abuse she suffered due to Courtney’s problems with drugs and her addictive behavior that created such an unstable life for Frances Bean.”
† Also unhappy today is Lady Gaga, said to be furious about the Lifetime channel planning an unauthorized film about the pop superstar’s life to date. The singer hated the film Lifetime did about Amanda Knox and fears the cable network will make something equally controversial about her. The big question: Who will play Gaga in the TV movie?
WHAT A GIFT! Zac Efron and Heather Graham — in town filming “Heartland” with Dennis Quaid — got quite the pricy present Tuesday at the Board Room nightspot, when a mysterious Russian billionaire bought them a 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac Nebuchadnezzar for $100,000 — reportedly the first bottle ever sold in Illinois. Needless to say, Efron and Graham happily partied at Board Room until 4 a.m. Wednesday.
That was the same outrageously expensive bottle of hooch Mark Cuban bought to celebrate his Dallas Mavericks NBA championship and music king Jay-Z snapped up in a Miami nightclub in August.
THE SAVAGE TRUTH: Chicago Sun-Times financial columnist Terry Savage’s advice is the focus of a chapter in Jane Fonda’s new book, Prime Time. The Oscar winner says she “urges friends to buy and read Terry’s books” to avoid being a “bag lady” in their old age! Terry is tickled Fonda devotes six pages to quoting her financial advice and tips from The Savage Number.
† Also, Terry will be front-and-center with Warren Buffett, doing a Q&A with the investment guru Oct. 27 at the Standard Club for folks seeking wisdom from the “Oracle of Omaha.” It will cost them plenty — $1,000 per person — but it’s all for a worthy cause: the Junior Achievement organization.
NOT RUNNING: Hugh Grant is said to be “flattered” by requests by members of the British liberal political establishment that he run for Parliament. But friends of the actor say he has no plans to run for anything — except the next movie project. Currently filming “Cloud Atlas” for Chicago’s own Wachowskis (also starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent), Grant remains in the news for his continuing criticism of U.K. prime minister David Cameron, whom the actor accuses of covering up his knowledge of the Murdoch media empire phone-hacking scandal involving close Cameron associates.
AGENDA ACTION: “Jersey Shore” mainstay Pauly D will DJ Friday at Enclave — a rescheduled date for the gig, postponed from last month due to an MTV scheduling conflict. … Gov. Pat Quinn, who will join some of his youngest constituents Oct. 15 at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s 25th anniversary gala, should know the “Kids Only Tent” is strictly off-limits for grown-ups — even though we know the guv is still a kid at heart!
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Eleanor Mondale’s Chicago pals — Charles and Rebecca Besser, the Lyric Opera’s Magda Krance, Tara Steinschneider, Debra McMichaels, Davoud Vossough and ex-Walter Mondale staffer and veteran political pro Jim Terman — were among the throng of friends and family at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis for Wednesday’s memorial service for the veteran broadcaster and daughter of the former vice president.
For the post-funeral reception, Rebecca Besser pulled on her T-shirt from Mondale’s 40th birthday party reading “It’s Eleanor’s world. We just live in it” — a line quoted in the service by the Very Rev. Spenser D. Simrill, who married Mondale and her widower, Chan Poling.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: When the “Playboy Club” cast, including Amber Heard, Laura Benanti, Jenna Dewan and David Krumholtz, heard their show was canceled, they headed to Sunda to sup and drown their sorrows — helped by shots sent over by funnymen brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans. … Meanwhile, LeAnn Rimes picked up two bottles of wine at the Goddess and Grocer for her hubby, “Playboy” star Eddie Cibrian, to ease both the pain of his show being axed and the real pain of his on-set injury.