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Before she became the poster child for drugs and plastic surgery, Courtney Love was an alternative rock star married to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
In January, 1992 Courtney Love found out she was pregnant and on a Nirvana tour stop in Hawaii, the couple became married.
When Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love first met, their chemistry was apparent but also was their shared destructive behavior.
On April 5, 1994, in the guest house behind his Seattle home, Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
When Courtney Love gave birth to Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain began to see a reason to turn his life around.
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They then brought in Jill Emery on bass and Caroline Rue on drums. Soon the group was making waves in the underground music scene with such singles as "Dicknail" and "Retard Girl." Produced by Don Fleming of Gumball and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Hole's debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991),
The year before Hole's album release, Love met Kurt Cobain from the band Nirvana at the Satyricon club in Portland. They later ran into each other at another show in 1991. Two months after the release of Nirvana's huge hit album, Nevermind, the couple started up a whirlwind romance. They were married on a Hawaii beach in February 1992. This was her second marriage, having been wed very briefly to James Moreland in 1989. In August 1992, the couple welcomed their first and only child, daughter Frances Bean. As the wife of an alternative rock icon, Love received a boost to her own music career, with major record labels suddenly began to take more serious notice of Love's work.
The couple soon found themselves in legal hot water. Love told Vanity Fair that she used heroin while unknowingly pregnant with Frances. The story touched off an official investigation by social services. But in the end, Love and Cobain retained custody of their daughter.
Love's joint drug abuse with her husband began to accelerate at a rapid pace, culminating in the tragic events of April 5, 1994. Cobain, deeply depressed, committed suicide using a shotgun to his head. His death was thought to be a suicide, and Love made the brave and public step of reading out the note he left behind to hoards of distressed fans at his memorial service a few days later.
Cobain's suicide came just before Hole's first huge commercial album release Live Through This (1994). And while still grieving for her husband, Love was then forced to endure more emotional torment when Hole's bassist Kristen Pfaff overdosed on heroin and died just two months later. He was replaced in the band by Melissa Auf der Maur.
Rumors circulated that Cobain had co-written a large part of Hole's second album, but Love vehemently denied this. To protect the band and Cobain's name, Love maintained a fairly professional relationship with the remaining Nirvana band members and formed a partnership with them in 1997, Nirvana LLC, that would control all Nirvana-related releases and aim to protect the interests of all parties. However, the relations between Love and the group eventually became strained, and by 2001, she sought to terminate the company.
Not one to sit back and crumble, Love picked herself up and recruited a new replacement for Pfaff before touring with Hole internationally in 1995, appearing at worldwide festivals including Reading. Live Through This had become a critical success, and the song "Doll Parts" did well on the pop and modern rock charts.
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