The Tale Of The Tape...
[From Globe & Mail (Canada)]
Courtney vs. Whitney: Duelling Drama Queens
By ANDREW RYAN
Saturday, March 20, 2004 - Page R7
They are two ladies who know how to keep their names in the news, whether
they intend to or not.
Courtney Love and Whitney Houston are undeniable divas, hailing from
diametrically opposed ends of the musical spectrum. They rarely have to go
looking for trouble because it always seems to find them. Last Monday,
Whitney entered a drug rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles to undergo
treatment for unnamed substances. She went into rehab the same week her
husband, pop singer Bobby Brown, was finishing a 60-day sentence for
On Wednesday, Courtney appeared on Late Night with David Letterman where she
rambled on about her recent trial in Los Angeles on drug charges, smoked a
cigarette and then lifted her shirt to flash her breasts at Letterman. A few
hours later, Courtney was arrested for reckless endangerment and assault
after she allegedly bonked a man on the head with a microphone while
performing at a New York club.
It's just another week for these sassy divas -- who together have survived
repeated arrests, a bad husband, a dead husband and a lot more -- and always
bounce back in manic media style. Say what you will about Courtney and
Whitney, but they are never boring. This is the tale of the tape:
Birthplace: San Francisco
Profession: rock star, actress, mother
Previous profession: Allegedly worked as a stripper in Japan; singer in
all-female band Babes in Toyland.
Spouse: Kurt Cobain, deceased
Children: Frances Bean, 11
Career claims to fame: Courtney's profile as a rock-star wife was
established when her husband committed suicide in 1994. Known thereafter as
Kurt Cobain's Widow, Courtney nonetheless crafted her own identity with the
group Hole. Since then, she's worked steadily as an actress.
Rap sheet: Courtney was arrested last October after trying to break into the
L.A. home of an ex-boyfriend. She was treated for a drug overdose and
charged with two felony counts of possession and misdemeanours of disorderly
conduct and being under the influence. She was also arrested at London's
Heathrow airport in February, 2003, for disorderly conduct on a flight from
Drug of Choice: Currently on trial for possessing prescription painkillers
oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Notable quote: "The film industry is so nice," she told Premiere magazine in
1997. "It frightens me. It's like being popular all of a sudden, you know?
It's like losing 100 pounds in public really quickly and not knowing you did
-- and not ever knowing you were fat."
Most unsettling rumour: The 1998 low-budget documentary Kurt & Courtney
posited the theory that Courtney was responsible for her husband's death and
had much to gain from it. She denied all the allegations.
Career stretching: Courtney has appeared in a dozen films and received
strong acclaim for her role in The People Vs. Larry Flynt.
Performance high: At the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, Courtney and her band
Hole raised the roof with a crackling performance.
Performance low: At the 1995 MTV awards, VJ Kurt Loder was talking live with
Madonna when Courtney decided to crash the interview, clearly inebriated but
wearing a big, beaming smile on her face.
Next logical career move: She recently released a new CD, America's
Sweetheart, that is doing well. Beyond that, she's still acting and it's
just a matter of time before she ends up with her own kids' show.
Birthplace: East Orange, N.J.
Profession: Singer, wife, mother
Previous profession: Fashion model
Spouse: Bobby Brown, incarcerated
Children: Bobbi Kristina, 11
Career claims to fame: Her breakout 1987 album Whitney was the first to
debut at number one on the Billboard charts. She also has the unequaled run
of seven consecutive number-one records in the 1980s. Her single I Will
Always Love You was number one on the Billboard charts for 14 weeks straight
Rap sheet: Arrested in Hawaii on January 11, 2000, after she and husband
Bobby Brown attempted to board a plane with a half-ounce of marijuana.
Drug of choice: So hard to choose just one. In 2002, Diane Sawyer asked
about her addictions: "Is it alcohol? Is it marijuana? Is it cocaine? Is it
pills?" Houston responds, "It has been at times."
Notable quote: "I've always been a thin girl," Whitney told Diane Sawyer in
2002. "I am not going to be fat -- ever. Let's get that straight. Whitney is
not going to be fat -- ever. Okay?"
Most unsettling rumour: Several U.S. news outlets reported the diva had died
of a rumoured drug overdose on September 14, 2001. The story was quickly
retracted by Whitney's spokespeople.
Career stretching: Hollywood has exploited Whitney's icy presence in four
films: The Bodyguard (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Preacher's Wife
(1996) and as the fairy godmother in the 1997 TV movie Cinderella.
Performance high: Singing The Star-Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl,
right in the middle of the Gulf War. Her version of the song became a
top-selling single in the U.S.
Performance low: Whitney turned up to perform at a 2001 tribute for Michael
Jackson looking shockingly emaciated.
Her spokespeople immediately denied the singer was sick or had a drug
Next logical career move: Mostly likely an all-out return to singing, or
possibly hosting her own daytime TV talk show.
Note: Whitney Houston was not
arrested in Hawaii.
20 MARCH 2004