Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and artist. The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and writer and ex-Grateful Dead manager Hank Harrison, Love began her career as an actress in her early twenties, landing roles in Alex Cox's cult films Sid and Nancy and Straight to Hell, and later rose to international prominence as frontwoman of alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Her uninhibited stage presence and confrontational lyrics, combined with publicity surrounding her 1992 marriage to Kurt Cobain, made her a noticeable and divisive figure in the alternative music scene of the 1990s, with Rolling Stone once branding her the "most controversial woman in the history of rock."
Love received critical adulation for Hole's 1991 hardcore punk-influenced debut album, and the band's second release, Live Through This, went certified platinum and received wide critical acclaim. Love returned to film in 1995, and received critical recognition for her performance in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her a Golden Globe Nomination.