1. Katy Perry
Real Name: Katy Hudson

The singer changed her name to avoid confusion with that other Hudson she shares a name with: Kate Hudson.

2. Demi Moore
Real Name: Demetria Guynes

Her exes were born as “Walter Willis” and “Christopher Kutcher.”

Real Name: Elizabeth Grant

The “West Coast” singer’s real name is Elizabeth Grant, but that’s not nearly as chic as Lana, right?

5. Meg Ryan
Real Name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

Is it just me or is her real name close to being a Fiona Apple album title?

6. Natalie Wood
Real Name: Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko

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: lake Ellender Brown

The new mom was born Blake Ellender Brown but adopted her mom’s last name when she started acting.

Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop

The Django Unchained actor’s real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. He changed his name to the gender-ambiguous Jamie in order to get a better set time when he was doing stand up, as women were often called first. Foxx is a reference to one of his favorite sitcom stars, Sanford & Son’s Red Foxx.

Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
The “Starships” singer was born Onika Tanya Maraj — hey, at least Nicki Minaj has most of the same letters.

Real Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola

You have to admire the guy for not coasting on his famous last name — which was originally Coppola.

Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent
The Fast and the Furious star’s real name is actually quite lovely — it’s Mark Sinclair Vincent.

Real Name: Emma Lee Bunton
The Help actress changed her name to Emma from Emily Jean because of her obsession with the Spice Girls — Baby Spice’s real name is Emma Lee Bunton.

13. Woody Allen
Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

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

14. Louis C.K.
Real Name: Louis Szekely

Louis C.K.’s stage name is barely such. It’s just an easier way to say his actual last name, which is pronounced “See-kay.”

15. Joaquin Phoenix
Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom

If he were gay, that last name would be perfection.

16. Garrison Keillor
Real Name: Gary Edward Keillor

See? Even NPR personalities use stage names.

17. Chevy Chase
Real Name: Cornelius Crane Chase

The actor got his name from the traditional English song “The Ballad of Chevy Chase,” which (unfortunately) was not about an old racist who is difficult to work with and derails brilliant shows.

18. Tina Fey
Real Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Like her 30 Rock character, Tina Fey’s real first name is “Liz.”

19. Ben Kingsley
Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji

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

20. Olivia Wilde
Real Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

My last name rhymes with another word for a penis, which made Middle School rough. Olivia Cockburn, I’m here for you, if ever you need to talk.

21. Alan Alda
Real Name: Alphonso d’Abruzzo

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

22. Portia De Rossi
Real Name: Amanda Lee Rogers

I guess she figured that “Portia de Rossi” had more zest to it than “Amanda Rogers.” She was probably right.

23. Diane Keaton
Real name: Diane Hall

In real life, she shares a last name with her most famous character, Annie Hall.

24. Michael Caine
Real Name: Maurice Micklewhite

Michael Caine named himself after Humphrey Bogart’s character in “The Caine Mutiny.”

25. Larry King
Real Name: Lawrence Harvey Zeigler

King was born to an Austrian father and mother from Belarus, both of whom were Orthodox Jews living in New York in the 1930s. All of this sounds like the set up to a Woody Allen bit.

26. George Michael
Real Name: Georgios Panayiotou

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

27. Whoopi Goldberg
Real Name: Caryn Johnson

Her stage name was concocted from her ability to fart a lot. (If you’ve seen her 1 in 3 commercials, you know she’s made quite the weird career out of bodily functions.) Her mother advised her to take a Jewish last name, arguing that it would help her career if people thought she was Jewish.

28. Hulk Hogan
Real Name: Terry Jean Bollette

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

29. Bea Arthur
Real Name: Bernice Frankel

Real Name: Her co-star, Rue McClanahan, was born with the first name of “Eddi-Rue.”

30. Rock Hudson
Real Name: Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.

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

31. Miranda July
Real Name: Miranda Jennifer Grossinger

I have nothing to say here, except that I love Miranda July, in all of her forms. Miranda Grossinger, I accept you.

32. Elvis Costello
Real Name: Declan Patrick McManus

What’s weird: He actually looks more like a Declan than an Elvis to me.

33. Joan Crawford
Real Name: Lucille LeSueur

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

34. Kirk Douglas
Real Name: Issur Danielovitch Demsky

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

35. Carmen Electra
Real Name: Tara Patrick

C’mon. There’s no way you thought anyone’s last name was “Electra,” unless that person is in a Sophocles play.

36. Audrey Hepburn
Real Name: Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston

Say that one five times fast.

37. Judy Garland
Real Name: Frances Gumm

However, Liza’s name is all hers. Her father was Vincente Minnelli, the classic musical director who worked with Judy in Meet Me in St. Louis.

38. Truman Capote
Real Name: Truman Streckfus Persons

Streckfus. Just…Streckfus.

39. Julia Child
Real Name: Julia Carolyn McWilliams

“Child” is actually her married name, so this one’s a bit of a cheat, but it’s odd to me thinking of Julia Child with any other name. She just is Julia Child.

40. Dido
Real Name: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

I almost wish that she had used that 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.

41. Elvira
Real Name: Cassandra Peterson

Did you know she was in a Bond movie and posed for a Tom Waits album? The woman has not had a boring career, that’s for sure.

42. Martin Sheen
Real Name: Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez

That makes Charlie Sheen’s real name “Carlos Estevez,” as witnessed in the Machete Kills trailer.

43. Courtney Love
Real Name: Love Michelle Harrison

You can change the name, but you can’t change the cray.

44. Fred Astaire
Real Name: Frederick Austerlitz

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

45. Tea Leoni
Real Name: Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni

Every time I see her real last name, I just think of the word “pantalones.”

46. Bruno Mars
Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

Trivia question: What is Bruno Mars’ ethnicity? He’s like the racial spam of people — a little bit of everything. He is Filipino, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Hungarian and Ukranian, is Jewish and was born in Hawaii.

47. Gene Simmons
Real Name: Chaim Witz

Half of the original members of KISS were Jewish. If I could ever get Gene Simmons to play “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” I would die a happy human.

48. Helen Mirren
Real Name: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

Ilyena Mironov would be a great spy name.

49. Shania Twain
Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards

Twain is her stepfather’s last name.

50. Anne Rice
Real Name: Howard Allen O’Brien

I also like “Howard O’Brien” better. It has a nice George Eliot thing going on, although Anne Rice is no George Eliot.

51. Julianne Moore
Real Name: Julie Smith

Julianne is a portmanteau of her first name and her middle name, Anne.

52. Kim Cattrall
Real Name: Clare Woodgate

She was born in Liverpool, hence the name, but as evidenced by The Ghost Writer, she can’t do a convincing British accent anyway. Much like Madonna.

53. Stevie Wonder
Real Name: Steveland Judkins


54. Abigail Van Buren (aka Dear Abby)
Real Name: Pauline Ester Friedman

I just love how close to Paul Friedman this is.

55. Dezi Arnas
Real Name: Desiderio Albert Arnaz y De Acha III

Oddly though, Lucille Ball really was Lucy’s actual name. It fits her so well I assumed it had to be fake, but sometimes the gods are kind.

56. Cary Grant
Real Name: Archibald Alexander Leach

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

57. Marilyn Monroe
Real Name: Norma Jean Mortensen

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.

58. Dusty Springfield
Real Name: Mary Isobel Catherine O’Brien

If you’re reading this and you don’t know who Dusty Springfield is, you have a lot of YouTube-ing to do.

59. Michael Keaton
Real Name: Michael Douglas

Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be confused with cunnilingus cancer guy either.

60. Spike Lee
Real Name: Shelton Lee

Whenever Spike Lee acts like a royal brat, remembering that his real name is “Shelton” always puts things into perspective for me. “Sit down, Shelton. It’s time for a nap.”

61. Natalie Portman
Real Name: Natalie Herschlag

A dual Israeli and American citizen, “Portman” is her grandmother’s maiden name.