Celebrities, Curiosities

The Real Names of 30 Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know

Have you ever wondered why some celebrities have such catchy and memorable names? Well, it turns out that many of them are not using their real names at all.

They have adopted stage names for various reasons, such as to stand out from the crowd, to avoid confusion with other famous people, to protect their privacy, or to fit in with a certain image.

In this article, we will reveal the real names of 30 famous celebrities who go by different names than their birth ones. Some of them may surprise you!

Marilyn Monroe

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Birth Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson

You may already know that the glamorous Marilyn Monroe was originally called Norma Jeane (her birth name was Mortenson, but she was baptized as Baker and married into Dougherty). But, do you know how she became Marilyn?

Time reports that the actress changed her first husband’s surname because a 20th Century Fox studio executive thought it would be too hard to pronounce. Norma Jeane chose “Monroe,” a family name from her mother’s side, while the studio exec gave her “Marilyn,” because she looked like 1920s Broadway star Marilyn Miller.

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