Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actress, artist, and author. Throughout her music career, Love's unpredictable stage presence and confrontational lyrics have polarized audiences and critics, and she was referred to by Rolling Stone as "the most controversial woman in the history of rock." Love's candid and outspoken nature made her a fixture in alternative music media, and her personal life and battles with drug addiction have been widely publicized.
Love rose to prominence as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Hole's debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), was well received by indie critics, and their second release, Live Through This (1994), went certified platinum and was listed by Time and Rolling Stone in their 'Best Albums of All Time' lists. After the release of their third album, Celebrity Skin (1998), Love and bandmate Eric Erlandson retired Hole, and Love released her first solo album, America's Sweetheart in 2004 to underwhelming sales. In 2009, she re-formed Hole with new members and released Nobody's Daughter (2010), which met with mixed-positive reviews. In 2013, Love stated that she was abandoning the Hole moniker and returning to performing as a solo artist, planning to release an upcoming album titled Died Blonde.
In addition to music, Love had an intermittent acting career, starring in Alex Cox's cult films Sid and Nancy (1986) and Straight to Hell (1987), and later returning to acting with a lead role in Milo Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Althea Flynt. Love has also had endeavors in art, fashion, and writing.
Love, who grew up primarily in Oregon, is the daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll, and writer and ex-Grateful Dead manager Hank Harrison. She was married to Kurt Cobain, frontman of the grunge band Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994; Love and Cobain have one daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Previously based in Los Angeles, Love has lived in New York City since 2009.
Source: Wikipedia 2013.