Courtney Love

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Courtney Michelle Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and occasional actress.[2][3] Love is primarily known as lead singer, guitarist and lyricist for alternative rock band Hole, as well as for her publicity-ridden marriage to the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

Following a turbulent childhood, Love made her debut in the entertainment industry with a bit part in Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy (1986). Eventually finding her passion in rock music rather than acting, Love formed Hole in 1989 with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Hole released several albums throughout the 1990s, Live Through This (1994) being most prolific — a critical and commercial success upon its release, as well as coinciding with the suicide of Love's husband, Kurt Cobain.

Love would return to acting with a Golden Globe-nominated role in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), and gain even more commercial attention with Hole's third album, Celebrity Skin (1998) before disbanding the group several years later. In 2009, after various drug grapples and legal issues, Love reformed Hole with an entirely new lineup, and released Nobody's Daughter (2010).

Over the course of her career, Love has attracted significant media attention over the years for her wild stage performances, subversive feminism— both in her behavior and music lyrics,[4] as well as her candid treatment of her grapples with drug addiction.[5] In 2006, Rolling Stone called Love "the most controversial woman in rock history."[6]

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