The Real Names of 18 Most Famous Celebrities in the World
Posted on Jun 06, 2016
The use of aliases and pseudonyms is common in the entertainment industry, and these celebs dropped their birth names for those that could catch on with ease.
1. Chevy Chase
This famous comedian was born Cornelius Crane Chase and he named himself Chevy from the traditional English song "The Ballad of Chevy Chase".
2. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon's stage name is just part of her real name, which was Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon.
3. Nicki Minaj
Nicki was born Onika Tanya Maraj, but that was deemed as an uncatchy name, so she changed it.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah was born with the biblical name of Orpah, but the people kept mispronouncing her name, so she chose to keep Oprah.
5. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde was born as Olivia Jane Cockburn, and she changed that name as it wouldn't be successful in the movie industry.
6. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi's real name is Caryn Johnson, but she'll always be remembered for her alias.
7. George Michael
George Michael's birth name is Georgios Panayiotou. He's Greek. Surprised?
8. Woody Allen
The legendary director and actor, Woody Allen, was born as Allan Konigsberg to a Jewish family.
9. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars was originally Peter Gene Hernandez but changed it because of the music industry.
10. Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan was born with a long name of Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra but kept it short to suit her image.
11. Shania Twain
The famous country pop star was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards but changed it to something that suited her image better.
12. Lana Del Rey
Elizabeth Grant chose Lana Del Rey as her stage name the first time she started singing professionally.
Rihanna was born in Barbados as Robyn Fenty.
14. Hulk Hogan
As a professional wrestler, Terry Jean Bollette changed his name to Hulk Hogan to symbolize his strength and toughness in both body and spirit.
15. Katy Perry
Katy Perry already had a musical career before she decided to change her image and genre. Before she did, she was known as Kate Hudson, just like the famous actress.
16. Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris is the birth name of the legendary musician.
17. Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix sure is a unique name that isn't easy to forget. But his birth name was Rafael Bottom!
18. Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi has an exotic ring to it, but her real name is Amanda Lee Rogers.