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Is Vanity Fair Now Courting Love? : Three years after the shocking story on her pregnancy, the magazine may want her for a cover story.

February 19, 1995|Steve Hochman

After the blow-up of 1992, it's hard to picture Courtney Love even reading Vanity Fair, much less agreeing to be on its cover.

But that's where she may be headed, according to Hollywood superpublicist Pat Kingsley.

It was Vanity Fair that printed Lynn Hirshberg's story containing the shocking revelations that Love had used drugs while pregnant with her daughter Frances. The article resulted in a bitter media counterattack by Love and her late husband, Kurt Cobain, who both claimed she had been misquoted. There were even threats of lawsuits.

The original magazine spread featured a photo of a very pregnant Love in a flimsy black negligee. And while then-editor Tina Brown deemed it OK to quote Love about using drugs while pregnant, she ordered a cigarette Love was holding in the photo to be airbrushed out because it might send the wrong message about smoking and pregnancy.

So how can we be talking now about reconciliation?

Kingsley, Love's publicist, says that Vanity Fair recently inquired about doing a story, possibly a cover feature, on her client, to run this summer.

"It's between them and Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle," jokes the publicist, noting Love's controversial reputation.

A representative of Vanity Fair says that the magazine's policy is not to comment on stories in development.

Would Love really want to be back in Vanity Fair? One of the magazine's selling points: "All the people who were involved in (the 1992 story) have left the magazine," Kingsley says. Brown is now editor of the New Yorker and Hirshberg writes for New York magazine.

But not everybody in the Love camp thinks the whole thing is a good idea. Some believe it's best for Love to keep her distance from the publication.

One person who also believes it would be a mistake is writer Hirshberg--but a mistake for the magazine, not Love.

"My biggest frustration about Courtney Love is that no one writes the truth about her," says Hirshberg. "They write the myth according to Courtney, and I understand that because the myth according to Courtney is very interesting. But so is the truth."

Hirshberg does see an irony in the talk, though.

"Courtney spent an enormous amount of energy commenting on how Vanity Fair was a bourgeois entity and they could never (understand) her," she says.

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