Courtney Love auditioned for a role on kids show The Mickey Mouse Club under the name Coco Rodriguez when she was a child.
The rocker picked the moniker because Rodriguez was her stepfather's name and she hated Courtney. The ambitious pre-teen sent off photos and landed the chance to perform for the show's casting directors in Seattle, Washington.
Love recalls, "I read a Dorothy Parker poem and a Sylvia Plath poem about incest, which I had no idea what it was about until many years later."
The same TV bosses who helped to make Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera stars turned her down, but Love insists she was ahead of her time.
She adds, "There's gonna be a new Mouseketeer Club one day... (and) there's gonna be a goth kid in there with little chipped black nails and a hat on... I was 30-something years ahead of my time."
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