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You Will Not Believe the Real Names of These Celebs ...

By Neecey

In the world of show business sometimes a name change is called for because someone else already has that name. Other times, a name needs to be shorter, or maybe just easier to pronounce. Sometimes it’s just because a real name doesn’t have “star quality”. Whatever the reason, let’s take a look at the real names of celebrities:

1 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey HepburnGlamorous, sophisticated, elegant and a style icon. Her changed name suits her. Maybe not so much her real name?

Real Name: Edda Kathleen vanHeemstra Hepburn-Ruston

2 Meg Ryan

Meg RyanHollywood actress and star of classics like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

Real Name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra


JASON DERULOThis superstar R&B singer made his surname a little more simple for us to handle.

Real Name: Jason Desrouleaux

4 Lily James

Lily JamesRecent star of Disney’s Cinderella remake and much loved cast member of Downton Abbey.

Real Name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

5 Reese Witherspoon

Reese WitherspoonOscar winning actress for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, and star of the Legally Blonde films.

Real Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon


KATY PERRYAmerican pop star who rose to fame with her hit song I Kissed A Girl. One of the most followed people on Twitter.

Real Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson


ELTON JOHNLegendary British singer songwriter whose biggest hits include Your Song, I’m Still Standing and Candle In The Wind.

Real Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

8 Nina Dobrev

Nina DobrevBulgarian Canadian model and actress who starred as Mia Jon on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Real Name: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

9 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi GoldbergAmerican treasure, comedian and actress who won an Oscar for her role in the supernatural romance Ghost.

Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson


CALVIN HARRISScottish born singer and DJ who is currently making waves with a successfully residency in Las Vegas.

Real Name: Adam Richard Wiles

11 Demi Moore

Demi MooreAnother actress who starred in Ghost, has previously been married to both Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.

Real Name: Demetria Gene Guynes


MACKLEMOREAmerican rapper whose song Thrift Shop become a global sensation in 2013.

Real Name: Ben Haggerty

13 Fergie

FergieA former child star who became best known as the only female member of American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas.

Real Name: Stacy Ann Ferguson


NICOLAS CAGEOscar winning actor whose wacky performances in multiple movies has gained him a strong cult following.

Real Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola

15 Shania Twain

Shania TwainYou would never have guessed that Shania Twain’s real name was so different to her catchy stage name.

Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards

16 Theo James

Theo JamesOne of the hottest young actors around right now, most well known for his role as Four in the Divergent series.

Real Name: Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis

17 Julianne Moore

Julianne MooreOne of America’s greatest working actresses, who recently won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Still Alice.

Real Name: Julie Anne Smith

18 Mila Kunis

Mila KunisA Ukrainian born American actress who rose to fame in That 70s Show and has appeared in Black Swan, Jupiter Ascending and Family Guy.

Real Name: Milena Markovna Kunis

19 Jessie J

Jessie JBritish singer, known for her hit songs Bang Bang and Price Tag. Has previously been a judge on The Voice UK.

Real Name: Jessica Ellen Cornish


KIM CATTRALLSex in The City's Samantha was born in Liverpool, England and raised in Canada.

Real Name: Clare Woodgate

21 Helen Mirren

Helen MirrenOscar winning British actress who won dozens of awards for her role as the Elizabeth II in The Queen.

Real Name: Ilyena Lydia Mironoff

22 Kit Harington

Kit HaringtonYoung British acting star, best known for playing the role of Jon Snow in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.

Real Name: Christopher Catesby Harington

23 Missy Elliott

Missy ElliottAmerican hip-hop legend, responsible for One Minute Man, Get Your Freak On and Gossip Folks.

Real Name: Melissa Arnette Elliott


CHARLIE SHEENAmerican actor and former star of Two And A Half Men. Son of Martin Sheen and brother of Emilio Estevez.

Real Name: Carlos Irwin Estevez

25 Jamie Foxx

Jamie FoxxAn American singer turned actor who applied both his professions to Oscar winning effect in the biopic Ray.

Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop


GENE SIMMONSThe front man of the scariest rock band in the world - Kiss.

Real Name: Chaim Witz

27 Stevie Wonder

Stevie WonderAmerican singer who is famously blind, singer of classic songs like I Just Called To Say I Love You and Superstition.

Real Name: Stevland Hardaway Judkins


NATALIE PORTMANOscar winning actress whose performances include Padme in the Stars Wars prequels and the lead character in Black Swan.

Real Name: Natalie Hershlag

29 Kelly Rowland

Kelly RowlandAmerican R&B singer, one third of successful girl group Destiny’s Child and solo singer of hit Stole.

Real Name: Kelendria Trene Rowland


JOAQUIN PHOENIXEnigmatic actor who has played roles as an American country legend, a Roman Emperor and a man who falls in love with a computer voice.

Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom

31 Avicii

Swedish DJ and music producer whose biggest hits include Wake Me Up, Hey Brother and I Could Be The One.

Real Name: Tim Bergling


MILEY CYRUSFormer Disney Channel star of Hannah Montana who has become a worldwide pop phenomenon with songs like Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop.

Real Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

33 Nelly

NellyAmerican rapper whose main success came in the early 2000s with hits like Ride Wit Me, Hot In Herre and Batter Up.

Real Name: Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

34 Adele

AdeleBritish singer songwriter, arguably the most famous singer in the world right now. Her biggest hits include Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep.

Real Name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins


MICHAEL CAINEBritish acting royalty –Sir Michael has appeared in more than 115 movies and is still going.

Real Name: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

36 Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo GreenAmerican R&B singer who has had solo success and was part of the group Gnarls Barkley who sang Crazy.

Real Name: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

37 Faith Hill

Faith HillFamous American country singer whose biggest hits include There You’ll Be from the movie Pearl Harbor, The Way You Love Me and Breathe.

Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry

38 Alicia Keys

Alicia KeysGrammy award winning American R&B who has had huge success with songs including Fallin’, Girl On Fire and Empire State Of Mind.

Real Name: Alicia Augello Cook


OLIVIA WILDEAmerican actress who is best know for starring in the TV show House and for film roles in Tron: Legacy and Her.

Real Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

40 Lana Del Rey

Lana Del ReyAmerican singer and model who rose to fame with her haunting song Video Games.

Real Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

41 Hozier

HozierAn Irish singer songwriter who achieved worldwide success in 2014 with his song Take Me To Church.

Real Name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne


VIN DIESELOne of Hollywood's top 10 earning actors in 2015.

Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent

43 Charli XCX

Charli XCXA British singer songwriter who has achieved fame and notoriety collaborating with artists including Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop.

Real Name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison

44 Ricky Martin

Ricky MartinPeurto Rican singer who rose to fame in the late 90s with hits like Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs.

Real Name: Jose Enrique Martin Morales

45 Lady Gaga

Lady GagaAmerican singer and actress who has recently given a Golden Globe winning performance in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Real Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

46 Jay Z

Jay ZAmerican hip-hop superstar who together with wife Beyonce, is one half of the most powerful couple in show business!

Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter

47 John Legend

John LegendAmerican R&B singer whose biggest hits include All Of Me, She Don’t Have To Know and Ordinary People.

Real Name: John Roger Stephens

48 Lil Wayne

Lil WayneAmerican rapper who is just as well known for his copious amounts of tattoos as his catchy, distinctive hip-hop songs.

Real Name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

49 Ludacris

LudacrisAmerican rap artist and actor who achieved great success in the 2000s with songs like What’s Your Fantasy and Stand Up.

Real Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

50 Lorde

LordeNew Zealand born singer songwriter who rose to fame in mid-2013 with her hit song Royals.

Real Name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor

51 Iggy Azalea

Iggy AzaleaAustralian female hip-hop artist who has had great success with songs like Fancy, Trouble and Black Widow.

Real Name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

52 Pink

PinkAmerican pop singer who has had a long and successful career including hit songs Just Like A Pill, So What and Who Knew.

Real Name: Alecia Beth Moore

53 Portia De Rossi

Portia De RossiAustralian actress and model, wife of Ellen Degeneres and known for her performances in Ally McBeal, Arrested Development and Scandal.

Real Name: Amanda Lee Rogers

54 Judy Garland

Judy GarlandSuperstar songstress and actress and will be forever in our hearts as Dorothy Gale.

Real Name: Frances Ethel Gumm

55 John Wayne

John WayneA bit like “ A Boy Named Sue”, this cowboy’s real name didn’t really fit the incredible niche he carved out in his movies.

Real Name: Marion Robert Morrison

56 Snoop Dogg

Snoop DoggAmerican rapper with his own special language – ferschnizlle my drizzle or whatever. He was nicknamed 'Snoopy' by his parents because of his appearance

Real Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus

57 Rihanna

RihannaBarbadian pop sensation.

Real Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

58 Bruno Mars

Bruno MarsNicknamed 'Bruno' by his father at the age of 2, because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

59 Nicki Minaj

Nicki MinajReal Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

60 Tina Fey

Tina FeyReal Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

61 50 Cent

50 CentReal Name: Curtis James Jackson III

62 Natalie Wood

Natalie WoodBorn to Russian immigration parents, the young actress changed it to blend into the Hollywood times, like the Swedish Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, better known as Greta Garbo.

Real Name: Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko

63 Woody Allen

Woody AllenCome to think of it, Allen doesn’t sound very Jewish, does it?

Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

64 Ben Kingsley

Ben KingsleyLike Barack Obama, Kingsley was born to a white mother and Kenyan father — of Indian Muslim descent.

Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji

65 Alan Alda

Alan AldaAlda’s last name was concocted by putting together the first two letters of his first and last name. AL + DA = Alda.

Real Name: Alphonso d’Abruzzo

66 George Michael

George MichaelHe should have just changed his name to “Glory Hole.” At least it’s truth in advertising.

Real Name: Georgios Panayiotou


CARMEN ELECTRAAn American glamour model, singer, actress and dancer who came to fame following an appearance in Playboy magazine.

Real Name: Tara Leigh Patrick

68 Hulk Hogan

Hulk HoganIf I wanted to scare someone, I’d tell them my name was Hulk, too.

Real Name: Terry Jean Bollette

69 Rock Hudson

Rock HudsonEither way, he was still ridiculously hot — and gigantic. He was “6’5,” which basically makes him a skyscraper.

Real Name: Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.

70 Joan Crawford

Joan CrawfordIt makes a lot of sense that she and Lucille Bluth would have the same first name, because they’re basically the same person.

Real Name: Lucille LeSueur

71 Kirk Douglas

Kirk DouglasI really like his actual name. There’s something appropriately commanding about a man named “Issur Demsky.”

Real Name: Issur Danielovitch Demsky

72 Dido

DidoI almost wish that she had used her real name as her stage name, just to see that whole thing on a concert poster or an album cover. “Stan” by Eminem ft. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong takes it to a whole other level.

Real Name: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

73 Fred Astaire

Fred AstaireHis famous dance partner, Ginger Rogers, was born Virginia Katherine McMath.

Real Name: Frederick Austerlitz

74 Cary Grant

Cary GrantThere really is no way to make “Archibald Leach” roll off the tongue, is there?

Real Name: Archibald Alexander Leach

75 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn MonroeAccording to Monroe, she used to get picked on in school for being ugly. So no matter how hideous you’re feeling today, remember that there was a universe in which Marilyn Monroe was not considered a golden paradigm of hotness. It gives you some perspective.

Real Name: Norma Jean Mortensen

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