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.”
3. Albert Brooks
Real Name: Albert Einstein
The reason for the name change should be pretty obvious.
4. 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?
5. 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.
6. Woody Allen
Real Name: Allen Konigsberg
Come to think of it, Allen doesn’t sound very Jewish, does it?
7. 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.”
8. Joaquin Phoenix
Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom
If he were gay, that last name would be perfection.
9. Garrison Keillor
Real Name: Gary Edward Keillor
See? Even NPR personalities use stage names.
10. 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.