15 Celebrities Who Changed Their Birth Names for the Silver Screen

15 Celebrities Who Changed Their Birth Names for the Silver Screen

Do you think you know everything about your favorite celebrity? Think again!

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In addition to other things, many-a-time we find a celebrity to be attractive because of their names. If you have ever thought of naming your child after your favorite actor/celebrity, you might not be the only one because there is a general notion that celeb names are attractive. For so long, celebrities have worked on various aspects of their lives and lifestyles to keep the glitz and glamour of their world intact; having an attractive and catchy name is one such aspect.


Therefore, many actors and musicians take up a screen name that either makes them stand out or is aesthetically pleasing. But there are other reasons too. For example, Batman actor Michael Keaton whose real name is Michael John Douglas was forced to change his name because the actors union in the US only allows one person to be registered under that title and we already have a Michael Douglas. On the other hand, Tina Fey changed her name solely due to aesthetic reason, claims NY Post.


But not all cool names are changed names. To us, Blake Lively or Zac Efron might sound like made-up names, but they are not! Guess what? Miley Cyrus is.

So here are some popular celebrities from the tinsel town who changed their names for the silver screen.

1. Katy Perry

Real name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson



2. Miley Cyrus

Real name: Destiny Hope Cyrus


3. Joaquin Phoenix

Real name: Joaquín Rafael Bottom


4. Elton John

Real name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight



5. Ashton Kutcher

Real name: Christopher Ashton Kutcher


6. Vin Diesel

Real name: Mark Sinclair Vincent



7. Bruno Mars

Real name: Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez


8. Demi Moore

Real name: Demetria Gene Guynes


9. Ricky Martin

Real name: Enrique Martín Morales



10. Reese Witherspoon

Real name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon


11. Emma Stone

Real name: Emily Jean Stone



12. Lady Gaga

Real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta 


13. Helen Mirren

Real name: Ilyena Vasilievna Mironoff 


14. Marilyn Monroe

Real name: Norma Jean Mortenson


15. Whoopi Goldberg

Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson