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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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Live Through This had become a critical success, and the song "Doll Parts" did well on the pop and modern rock charts.
Still interested in acting, Love took on the role of Althea Flynt, the wife of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996). Woody Harrelson portrayed her on-screen husband in the film,
which was directed by Milos Forman. Love's performance won great acclaim and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. She also became romantically linked to Edward Norton, who had a supporting role in the film. Three years later, she reteamed with Forman for Man on the Moon, a biopic about comedian Andy Kaufman (played by Jim Carrey).
Meanwhile, Hole released their third album, Celebrity Skin, in 1998, which managed to garner the same amount of fan interest as her previous release. Friend Billy Corgan helped Love and Erlandson write the title track, which reached the top of the modern rock charts. The entire recording climbed as high as the number nine spot on Billboard's album chart.
The band went on a world tour again to promote the album, ending back in America with a co-headline set of gigs with Marilyn Manson. The collaboration didn't gel well, however, and Hole dropped out, citing no animosity but stating that they had to pay 50 percent of Manson's stage costs as the sole reason.
Hole's fame may have been at the level Love desired but after giving a speech at the Digital Hollywood online entertainment conference in 2000, she branded the recording contract system corrupt and was famously quoted as saying that the band "may as well be working at a 7-Eleven."
Love had begun to lose interest in Hole by 2001 and formed the short-lived all-female punk rock band Bastard. A demo was completed but amounted to nothing after conflicts between Love and the bassist Gina Crosley. In May 2002, Hole announced that they were splitting up and it was time for Love to go it alone.
Love's one-time musical and acting acclaim had seemingly fallen by the wayside as her drug addictions had clearly become the dominating factor in her life. So followed the self-destructive downfall of Love and the increase of her rowdy public behavior.
In February 2003, Love was arrested at Heathrow airport on arrival from Los Angeles for a benefit at the Old Vic theatre. During the Virgin Atlantic flight it was claimed that she had been abusive to the crew and when the plane landed, Love was met by police officers and escorted to a van where she was held in custody overnight before being released without charge.
In October, Love was arrested in Los Angeles in the act of breaking several windows to enter her then-boyfriend, manager and producer Jim Barber's home. Barber did not press charges but Love was charged for being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was released on bail. But just four hours later, she was rushed to hospital to be treated for an accidental overdose. Eight days later, Love's daughter Frances Bean was put in the care of Wendy O'Connor, Cobain's mother.
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