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.