Alan Alda simplified things when he changed his name from Alphonso D’Abruzzo.
Woody Allen’s real name is Allen Konigsberg.
We know her as the beautiful Brigitte Bardot, but her real name is Camille Javal.
Drew Barrymore’s grandfather is the legendary John Barrymore, but he was actually born John Sidney Blyth!
Nicolas Cage changed his name from Nicolas Kim Coppola early on his career, because he wanted to gain fame on his own and not because he was part of the famous family.
Rocker Alice Cooper was born with a boys name: Vincent Damon Furnier.
The famous Douglas family got their name from patriarch Kirk, who changed his birth name, Issur Danielovitch, to Izzy Demsky and then Kirk Douglas, before entering World War II and then heading to Hollywood.
Child star Jodie Foster was born with the moniker Alicia Christian Foster.
Who names their daughter Whoopi? Not Goldberg’s family, who are actually the Johnson’s and named their baby Caryn.
The Hogan family attribute their last name to creativity, because the Hulk was born Terry Jean Bollette.
Who knew Larry King’s real name was Lawrence Harvey Zeigler?
Brit rocker George Michael had his Wham moment after he changed his name from Georgios Panayiotou.
Action star Chuck Norris’ real name is Carlos Ray.
Joan Rivers changed her name from Joan Sandra Molinskybefore she became the personality we have grown to love and hate!
Apparently Gordon Sumner had doubts about his name for a rockstar, so he changed it to Sting.
Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus, but gained the nickname during her childhood that would become her stage name.
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Amanda Lee Rogers must have thought that Portia De Rossi was more memorable a moniker.
Dakota Fanning’s real name is actually Hannah.
Ever wonder why Steven Tyler’s daughter Chelsea has the last name Tallarico? Because the Aerosmith rockstar was actually born Steven Victor Tallarico.
Did Alicia think that the Keys to success would be more easily attained by changing her name from Alicia Augello Cook?
Joaquin Phoenix was born with a much more normal name:Joaquin Rafael Bottom.
Mark Vincent must have thought that Vin Diesel was a more action star name.
Olivia Wilde’s real name is actually Olivia Jane Cockburn.
Bruce Willis’ real name is actually Walter!
Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Robert Syvester Kelly doesn’t ring a bell, but R. Kelly does!
Did Rachel Zoe think it was fashionable to take off her last name Rosenzweig?