Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, visual artist, and actress. Love grew public attention, during her time of being the lead singer of band Hole, for her stage presence and personal life following her marriage to Kurt Cobain. She portrays Elle Dallas on Fox's TV series, Empire.
Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California, to psychotherapist Linda Carroll (née Risi) and Hank Harrison, a publisher who briefly managed the Grateful Dead. Love's mother is the daughter of novelist Paula Fox and an unidentified father, who is rumoured to be Marlon Brando. Love is of Cuban, Welsh, Irish, German, and English descent. Her parents divorced in 1969 and her father's custody was withdrawn after her mother alleged that he had fed LSD to Love as a toddler. In 1970, her mother moved the family to the rural community of Marcola, Oregon, where they lived on a commune. Love was legally adopted by her stepfather, Frank Rodriguez, with whom her mother had Love's two half-sisters and adopted a brother; another male half-sibling died in infancy of a heart defect when Love was ten. Love attended elementary school in Eugene, where she struggled academically and had trouble making friends, though was described as a "creative" child. At age nine, she was diagnosed with mild autism.
In July 2014, Love landed a minor role on the final season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy which began filming in the summer. On October 2, 2014, it was announced that Love had landed a leading role in "Kansas City Choir Boy," a "pop opera" which showed at the Manhattan arts center Here during their annual Prototype festival in January 2015. She was subsequently cast in Lee Daniels' network series Empire in a recurring guest role.
In December 2014, it was confirmed that Love would be joining Lana Del Rey on her Endless Summer Tour with eight show performances in the spring of 2015.