ROCKER Courtney Love rose up through the '90s grunge scene and married Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain.
She started her own band, Hole, in 1989 and wed Cobain three years later. He took his own life in 1994.
Who is Courtney Love and what is her net worth?
Courtney Love is a 56-year-old musician, artist, and actress and the widow of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
It is believed that her net worth is about $100million.
Love is the frontwoman of the band Hole, who released their best-selling album four days after Cobain's dead body was found in April 1994.
Courtney was born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco and had a turbulent childhood, living with her mother and step-father in a hippy commune following her parents' divorce.
In the early 70s, she briefly lived in New Zealand before returning to the States and living in Portland, Oregon.
There she was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 14, and ended up being placed in foster care until she was 16.
Around this time she started working as a stripper and adopted the stage name "Love," which she later took as a surname.
After a brief spell with her biological father in Ireland, where she studied theology for two terms, she moved to Japan and Taiwan and worked as a stripper there before being deported when the clubs were closed.
She then formed a band with friend Kat Bjelland in 1984 called Pagan Babies, despite not being able to play an instrument.
The band split a year later, and Kat – who is now a mortal enemy of Courtney's – formed her own group Babes In Toyland.
After trying out acting and appearing in the movie Sid & Nancy, Courtney taught herself to play guitar and decided to form her own band in the late 1980s.
Courtney had formed her own four-piece punk rock band called Hole when she met Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, her future husband.
Before that Courtney had been married to singer James Moreland, as well as dating Hole bandmate Eric Erlandson and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan.
She and Kurt started dating in late 1991 after she – by her own admission – pursued him relentlessly.
Love fell pregnant with their daughter Frances Bean soon after they got together, and the tot was born on August 18, 1992.
The couple wed in February 1992 on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, with Love wearing a dress once owned by the actress Frances Farmer, and Cobain wearing green pyjamas.
The only time Love and Cobain ever appeared on stage together was in September 1993 at the Rock Against Rape fundraiser, seven months before his death – legally ruled as a suicide – on April 5, 1994.
From the mid 90s onwards, Courtney saw her career sky rocket, becoming a magnet for showbiz pals and movie producers.
She released her own solo album, and starred more regularly in Hollywood flicks.
Among her credits are The People Vs Larry Flynt, Man On The Moon, Trapped and 200 Cigarettes.
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