Mar 27, Press NME looks back at the Hole frontwoman's finest film and TV appearances Though best known as frontwoman of Hole and an on-off solo artist, Courtney Love has also enjoyed periods of success as an actress — she even has a Golden Globe nomination to her name. Click or tap to zoom into this image Image credit: Love auditioned to play Nancy and impressed director Alex Cox, but investors insisted on a more experienced actress and Love was cast as Nancy's friend Gretchen instead.
Love plays Velma, a gun-toting blonde who goes on the run with three hitmen Joe Strummer, Sy Richardson and Dick Rude after helping them pull off a bank job. This comedy Western was panned at the time but has since gained a cult following. Press This is an image 3 of 10 Basquiat Basquiat Love resumed her acting career in after an eight-year hiatus by taking on a small role in Julian Schnabel's biopic of iconic New York artist American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
She plays Big Pink, a fictional character with whom Basquiat Jeffrey Wright enjoys a one-night stand. Press This is an image 4 of 10 The People Vs. Larry Flynt The People Vs. Larry Flynt Love silenced critics of her acting ability with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in this acclaimed biopic of controversial pornography publisher Larry Flynt.
She gives a thrillingly vital performance as Althea Leasure, a charismatic stripper who eventually becomes Flynt's fourth wife and co-publisher. She brings warmth and relatability to Lynn Margulis, the woman Carrey's Kaufman falls in love with after he wrestles her on stage in a comedy skit.
It follows bored housewife Julie Lili Taylor as she unexpectedly falls in love with longtime female friend Claire Love , before tensions creep into their relationship when Julie makes a new, more sophisticated set of friends. Press This is an image 7 of 10 Trapped Trapped Love plays a kidnapper whose motives aren't as clear-cut as they initially seem in this forgotten crime thriller. Despite a starry cast that includes Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon and a young Dakota Fanning, Trapped flopped at the box office and it remains Love's last film acting role to date.
She appears in four episodes of Season Seven as a pre-school teacher who takes a special interest in Abel, the son of Charlie Hunnam's lead character Jax. Remarkably, it was Love's first ever TV acting job. Press This is an image 9 of 10 Empire Empire Love continues her acting renaissance with a recurring role in Empire, the soapy hip-hop drama that's become a huge hit in the US this year.
She plays the brilliantly-named Elle Dallas, a drug-addicted fallen rock star who's attempting to launch a comeback. We're holding our tongues She'll play a character called White Gold - yes, really - who's said to be a "jetsetter" summoned to the show's Hamptons setting by resident villain Margaux Karine Vanasse. Love will make her first appearance in the episode that airs in the US this Sunday March