Alternately described as talented, tragic, Machiavellian, or simply mad, musician-actress Courtney Love achieved both fame and infamy in the years that followed the sudden death of her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Coming from a dysfunctional, fractured family, Love spent years in correctional facilities prior to becoming emancipated at age 16 and working as an exotic dancer in locales as far away as Taiwan and Japan. In her twenties, she began to dabble in the music scene as well as hard drugs and managed to land small roles in films like Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy" (1986). Love formed the band Hole in 1989, but by 1992 found herself in the spotlight more for being Cobain's wife, than for fronting own rock outfit. The tragic confluence of two separate events - Cobain's suicide and the release of Hole's seminal Live Through This, both in 1994 - threw Love into a maelstrom of intense personal grief and public scrutiny. Following an extended period of bizarre, self-destructive public behavior, the punk princess stunned critics with her bravura performance in director Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), making the newly glamorized Love a Hollywood favorite on the red carpet. As she enjoyed her rebirth as a serious actress, she never lost sight of her hard-driving rock, releasing the well-received 1998 album Celebrity Skin while still making a mark in films like "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "200 Cigarettes" (1999). However, Love was still Love, so headline-making legal woes, public sparring matches with Cobain's former bandmates, battles with addiction, and estrangement from her and Cobain's daughter Frances Bean became routine over the decades. Whether condemned or praised, Love never failed to fascinate a public eagerly awaiting her next spontaneous combustion or her possible Phoenix-like rise from the ashes.