LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Katy Perry attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Surprise You

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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.

DEMI MOORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Demi Moore

Real Name: Demetria Guynes

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

ALBERT BROOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Albert Brooks

Real Name: Albert Einstein

The reason for the name change should be pretty obvious.

MEG RYAN

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?

NATALIE WOOD

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.

WOODY ALLEN

6. Woody Allen

Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

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

LOUIS C.K

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.”

JOAQUIN PHOENIX

8. Joaquin Phoenix

Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom

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

GARRISON KEILLOR

9. Garrison Keillor

Real Name: Gary Edward Keillor

See? Even NPR personalities use stage names.

CHEVY CHASE

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.