Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist who rose to prominence within the punk and alternative rock scenes of the 1990s as frontwoman of the band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love's subsequent 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain and battles with drug addiction generated a maelstrom of media attention, and her uninhibited stage presence, confrontational lyrics, and public outspokenness led to her reputation as an "enfant terrible" of the West Coast's alternative rock scenes throughout the 1990s.
The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and publisher Hank Harrison, Love spent her early life in Oregon and California where she was in a series of short-lived bands, and had a brief stint as a singer in Faith No More in 1982 before landing roles in cult films by director Alex Cox. Love received international attention for Hole's 1991 debut album, which was followed by widespread critical and commercial success with their second release, Live Through This (1994). Love returned to acting in 1995, receiving critical recognition for her performance in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her a Golden Globe Nomination. Following this, Hole's third release, Celebrity Skin (1998), was nominated for three Grammy awards before the band went dormant in 2000. Love continued to occasionally act in films before releasing a solo album, America's Sweetheart (2004).