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

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

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Glamorous, 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

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Hollywood 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


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

Real Name: Jason Desrouleaux

4. Lily James

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

Real Name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

5. Reese Witherspoon

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

Real Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon


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American 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


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Legendary 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

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

Real Name: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

9. Whoopi Goldberg

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

Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson


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

Real Name: Adam Richard Wiles

11. Demi Moore

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

Real Name: Demetria Gene Guynes


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

Real Name: Ben Haggerty

13. Fergie

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A 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


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

Real Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola

15. Shania Twain

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You 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

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One 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

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One 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

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A 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

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British 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


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

Real Name: Clare Woodgate

21. Helen Mirren

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Oscar 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

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Young 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

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

Real Name: Melissa Arnette Elliott


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American 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

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

Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop


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

Real Name: Chaim Witz

27. Stevie Wonder

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American 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


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Oscar 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

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

Real Name: Kelendria Trene Rowland


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Enigmatic 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

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

Real Name: Tim Bergling


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Former 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

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American 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

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British 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


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

Real Name: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

36. Cee Lo Green

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American 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

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Famous 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

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Grammy 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


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American 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

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American singer and model who rose to fame with her haunting song Video Games.

Real Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

41. Hozier

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

Real Name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne


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One of Hollywood's top 10 earning actors in 2015.

Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent

43. Charli XCX

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A 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

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Peurto 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

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American 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

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American 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

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American 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

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American 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

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American 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

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New 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

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

Real Name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

52. Pink

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American 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

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Australian 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

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

Real Name: Frances Ethel Gumm

55. John Wayne

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A 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

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American 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

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Barbadian pop sensation.

Real Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

58. Bruno Mars

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Nicknamed '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

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Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

60. Tina Fey

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Real Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

61. 50 Cent

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Real Name: Curtis James Jackson III

62. Natalie Wood

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Born 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

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

Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

64. Ben Kingsley

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

Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji

65. Alan Alda

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Alda’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

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

Real Name: Georgios Panayiotou


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An 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

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

Real Name: Terry Jean Bollette

69. Rock Hudson

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Either 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

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It 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

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

Real Name: Issur Danielovitch Demsky

72. Dido

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I 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

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

Real Name: Frederick Austerlitz

74. Cary Grant

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

Real Name: Archibald Alexander Leach

75. Marilyn Monroe

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According 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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