Courtney Love (US rock vocalist, widow to Kurt Cobain)
Legal name: Love Michelle Harrison
Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison, July 9, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, visual artist, and model. Prolific in the hardcore and grunge scenes of the 1990s with her band Hole, Love's uninhibited stage presence and tumultuous personal life led to her reputation as an enfant terrible of alternative music.
The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and publisher Hank Harrison, Love mainly grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she was in a series of short-lived bands. After a stint as a vocalist in Faith No More, Love appeared in films by British cult director Alex Cox in the late 1980s before forming Hole in Los Angeles in 1989. Love received substantial attention from underground rock press for Hole's debut album, produced by Kim Gordon, while their second release, Live Through This (1994), lent her a more high-profile renown, receiving critical accolades and going multi-platinum. In 1995, Love returned to acting, earning a Golden Globe Nomination for her performance in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). Shortly after, Hole's third release, Celebrity Skin (1998), earned Love recognition as a mainstream musician, and was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.
After Hole went dormant in 1999, Love continued to work as an actress, appearing in big-budget pictures such as Man on the Moon (1999) and Trapped (2002). She released her first solo album, America's Sweetheart, in 2004. Originally conceived as her second solo record, Love released Nobody's Daughter in 2010 under the Hole moniker with a reformed band, followed by musical collaborations with Michael Stipe and Fall Out Boy in 2013. She debuted a new solo single, "You Know My Name" in May 2014. On July 8, 2014, it was confirmed that Love would be joining the cast of the FX series Sons of Anarchy for the seventh and final season in a recurring role.
In addition to her career as a musician and actress, Love has also had ventures in modeling and as a visual artist. She has also been involved in a number of social causes, including benefits for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, AIDS research, and advocating for LGBT rights. Love has one daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, from her marriage to Kurt Cobain.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license