Courtney Michelle Love(born Courtney Michelle Harrison, July 9, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and actress,perhaps best known as frontwoman and co-founder of alternative rock band Hole. She also received massive media attention over her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, before and after his suicide in 1994.
Love had an unstable childhood and adolescence, and sought to be a musician from an early age, making her big break when she founded Hole in 1989 with Eric Erlandson after unsuccessful attempts at forming bands in her early adulthood. Hole released several successful albums in the 1990s, debuting with Pretty on the Inside (1991), an underground noise rock hit which was especially popular in the United Kingdom.
The band followed with two massively acclaimed albums, Live Through This (1994) and Celebrity Skin (1998). Love also starred in several films throughout the '90s, most notably The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Hole officially disbanded in 2002, and Love became a media spectacle in the latter part of the decade due to a series of legal troubles and battles with drug addiction, largely amidst the release of her first solo album. In 2007, Love cleaned up her image and announced her sobriety after a lengthy court-ordered rehab, and began working on a fifth album.
In 2009, Love reformed Hole with new members, and released the group's fourth album, Nobody's Daughter (2010), which received generally positive reviews.
Love has also attracted significant media attention over the years for her wild stage performances and subversive feminism.Though a controversial figure, Love has, in recent years, been taken note of for her contributions to rock music, particularly as a female performer,and is often considered a gay icon.
Rolling Stone once called Love "the most controversial woman in rock history."In 2011, Love was elected a Non-Executive Officer For Rock 'N' Roll by the Oxford University Conservative Association.