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About Courtney Love : Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and film actress. Love is the lead vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist for alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989, and is also an actress who moved from bit parts in Alex Cox films to significant and acclaimed roles in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999).

  Love was married to Kurt Cobain, frontman of the grunge band Nirvana, with whom she has a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. In the early 1990s, she also became known for popularizing the fashion style "kinderwhore", characterized by torn babydoll dresses and smeared red lipstick.

Throughout her career, Love's wild stage antics and subversive feminist attitude have polarized audiences and critics, with Rolling Stone once calling her "the most controversial woman in the history of rock." Love was born in San Francisco, California, to Linda Carroll, a psychotherapist, and Hank Harrison, briefly road manager for The Grateful Dead.

Love had a wayward childhood, and as a boisterous teenager was sent to a youth correctional facility after being caught stealing. Later, she wrote for punk-zine Maximumrocknroll, and became a part-time exotic dancer, which enabled her to travel to Japan and Taiwan. A trust fund gave her some independence, and allowed her to briefly study at Trinity College, Dublin, and to live in Liverpool. Her first musical project was in the early 1980s with an on-and-off band called Sugar Babydoll, and then she had a brief stint as lead singer of Faith No More.

She started her career as an actress with minor roles in Alex Cox films, most notably Sid and Nancy (1986), but turned her focus to music and moved to Los Angeles in 1989 where she formed Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Originally influenced by noise rock and no wave music, the band went on to release several successful albums in the 1990s, most notably Live Through This (1994) and Celebrity Skin (1998). Love received intense media attention over her 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain, before and after his 1994 suicide.

She would later gain recognition as an actress for her award-nominated performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), and she continued to occasionally star in films. Love had a brief solo career, releasing America's Sweetheart (2004), and was the subject of much media attention for various drug and legal issues in the following year. In 2006, Love was sentenced to six months of lock-down rehab and achieved sobriety thereafter. In 2009, Love re-emerged and reformed Hole with new members, releasing a fourth album, Nobody's Daughter (2010).

Courtney Michelle Harrison was born in 1964 in San Francisco, California, to Linda Carroll, a psychotherapist, and Hank Harrison, a publisher who had some association with the Grateful Dead – Love would later tell people that at five years old she was included in a group picture on the back of the band's third album, Aoxomoxoa (1969).

Her parents divorced in 1969, with custody being awarded to Carroll after a child custody hearing during which she alleged that Harrison had fed LSD to Love when she was four years old, which he denied. Carroll then remarried, eventually giving birth to two more daughters and adopting a son. Love moved with her family to Marcola, Oregon in 1970. In 1972, Carroll relocated to New Zealand with her family, but sent Love back to the United States after she was kicked out of her boarding school.

Carroll eventually returned to Oregon as well and divorced her second husband, later marrying a third. Harrison at some point claimed to be the granddaughter of Marlon Brando. At age 14, Love was arrested for shoplifting a t-shirt and was sent to Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility, where it was noted her academic ability was above average for the institution, yet she caused problems because of her "negative, boisterous" behavior. Oregon's Children's Services Division noted that "Courtney has been in search of the family life she has always been deprived of for so many years", and has "rejected substitutes as unworthy".

She was moved to over 20 different facilities and foster homes between 1978 and 1980. At age 16, Love moved to Portland, eventually working as an exotic dancer, and briefly as a DJ at Portland's community radio station, KBOO. Love has said that she "didn't have a lot of social skills" as a teenager, and was raised by her friends and drag queens at gay clubs in Portland. Love also took job opportunities working at dance halls in Japan and Taiwan.

She wrote an article under the name "Courtney Michelle" in punk-zine Maximumrocknroll: "I wrote three or four of these missives from Portland, all about Poison Idea and Rancid Vat. But of course being me, I wrote something controversial and got a cross burned on my lawn. I wrote that Tom 'Pig' was a neo-fascist or something."

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In 1981, a social worker discovered a trust fund established for Love by her mother's adoptive parents, and she gained independence, traveling to England and Ireland, where she took two semesters at Trinity College, Dublin and took photos for Hot Press.

She briefly moved into the Liverpool home of musician Julian Cope and also developed a friendship with Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen. Love started her first musical project in the early 1980s, an on-and-off band called Sugar Babydoll that never reached fruition. The beginning of her musical career was a brief stint as lead singer of Faith No More.

According to Love, she showed up to a concert in San Francisco wearing a wedding gown, and "demanded" to be in the band. She was only part of the group for a short amount of time, but later maintained a friendship with Roddy Bottum. At age 20, in 1984, Love met Kat Bjelland in Portland at the Satyricon nightclub, and the two became friends, often experimenting musically with friend Jennifer Finch, a bassist.

Love and Bjelland moved to San Francisco the following year and formed a band called The Pagan Babies, with Deidre Schletter and Janis Tanaka, but the band dissolved in the summer of 1985 after recording one demo, largely due to fighting and troubles involving drug abuse. Love briefly played bass in Kat Bjelland's band Babes In Toyland in Minneapolis for a short time but was kicked out of this group as well. Love stayed in Minneapolis and got a gig as a promoter for rock shows, promoting concerts by bands such as The Butthole Surfers, but left for Los Angeles soon after.

In-between relocations, Love took classes at Portland State University, as well as San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute, where Love took a film class taught by George Kuchar and starred in one of his short films.

Love later starred in two Alex Cox films in the late 1980s, but was ultimately dissatisfied with acting so returned to stripping, where she was recognized and photographed by customers at a bar in McMinnville, Oregon. Love then retreated to Anchorage, Alaska for several months where she continued to strip to support herself and "furiously" wrote poetry and song lyrics.

Love worked with director Alex Cox on her first two films; she gained a small part in the Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy (1986), and was then given the leading role in his following film, Straight to Hell (1987). In 1987, Love appeared in a television show Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes with Robbie Nevil in a segment titled "C'est la Vie", in which she is dressed in vintage clothes discussing "bag ladies". She also had a part in the 1988 Ramones music video for "I Wanna Be Sedated", appearing as a bride among dozens of party guests. Nearly a decade later, in 1996, she had small parts in Basquiat and Feeling Minnesota, before landing the co-star role of Larry Flynt's wife, Althea, in Milos Forman's 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt, against Columbia Pictures' reluctance due to her low profile and "troubled" past.

Love received critical acclaim, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, for what film critic Roger Ebert called "quite a performance; Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress". Other roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon (1999), and a leading role in Julie Johnson (2001) as Lili Taylor's lesbian lover, for which she won an Outstanding Actress award at L.A.'s Outfest. She followed with another leading part in the thriller film Trapped (2002), alongside Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron.

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