Courtney Love is Going to Star in a Lifetime Movie About the Menendez Brothers
The female-focused basical cable network Lifetime will help 90s nostalgia hit a fever pitch later this year when they begin production on a TV movie about Lyle and Erik Menendez starring Courtney Love.
The Brothers Menendez, for those of you too young to remember, were, y’know, brothers. They killed their parents with shotguns in 1989. The trial got a lot of media attention at the time because the Menendez family was wealthy and from Beverly Hills and the brothers were just eighteen and twenty-years-old when they murdered their folks. Cops became suspicious of the brothers’ guilt because they basically took all the money they inherited and started living like rock stars, but they actually got busted after Erik confessed to his shrink and the prosecution found a way to get around doctor/patient confidentiality. Their defense attorney claimed that the parenticide was actually an act of revenge against their father, Jose, for allegedly molesting them, and their mother, Mary (a.k.a. “Kitty”), for being an alcoholic and a drug addict who did nothing to protect her sons. They were both sentenced to life without parole in 1994.
Courtney Love, for those of you too young to remember, was the guitarist and vocalist for the band Hole who is famous primarily for having been married to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Some conspiracy theorists even alleged she may have had something to do with Cobain’s suicide (or “suicide,” as these people would put it). She also had a daughter with Cobain, Francis Bean, who she has more or less alienated as the result of drug-fueled antics.
It’s easy to forget this now, but twenty years ago, Love got a LOT of acclaim for her performance in the movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. In fact, she was nominated for, and even won, several prestigious acting awards, and when she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, it was considered a big snub.
In that movie, Love played a junkie stripper who has AIDS. In the Menendez movie, she’ll play a substance-abusing, neglectful mother. I guess what I’m saying is, she may actually be really good in this Lifetime thing — she clearly has a knack for playing very slight variations of herself.