Famous Baby Name Pseudonyms

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Your name helps determine your fortune. Perhaps no one knows that better than the famous people listed below. 

Name changing is a common practice among those in the entertainment industry, where a great-sounding name equals a great public image and star appeal.

What happens if you don’t like your given name?
Change it!

That’s just what these famous actors, actresses, musicians and athletes did. See how many of their real names you can guess correctly.

PseudonymsReal Name
Muhammed AliCassius Clay
Woody AllenAllen Stewart Konigsberg
Julie AndrewsJulia Vernon
Fred AstaireFrederick Austerlitz
Lauren BacallBetty Joan Perske
Lucille BallDiane Belmont
Tony BennettAnthony Dominick Benedetto
Jack BennyBenjamin Kubelsky
Irving BerlinIsrael Baline
Yogi BerraLawrence Peter Berra
BonoPaul Hewson
David BowieDavid Jones
Ellen BurstynEdna Rae Gillooly
Boy GeorgeGeorge Alan O’Dowd
Charles BronsonCharles Buchinsky
Bugs BunnyHappy Rabbit
George BurnsNathan Birnbaum
Michael CaineMaurice Joseph Micklewhite
Ray CharlesRay Charles Robinson
Chevy ChaseCornelius Crane Chase
CherCherilyn La Pierre
Alice CooperVincent Damon Furnier
Bing CrosbyHarry Lillis Crosby
Rodney DangerfieldJohn Cohen
Doris DayDoris Kappelhoff
John DenverHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr. 
Bob DylanRobert Allen Zimmerman
The EdgeDavid Evans
W.C. FieldsWilliam Claude Dukenfield
Alice CooperVincent David Furnier
Greta GarboGreta Luisa Gustafson
Judy GarlandFrances Gumm
Cary GrantArchibald Leach
Gary HartGary Hartpence
HalstonRoy Halston Frowick
Bob HopeLeslie Townes Hope
Englebert HumperdinckArnold Dorsey
Kareen Abdul-JabbarFerdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. 
Elton JohnReginald Kenneth Dwight
Ann LandersEsther Eppie Pauline Friedman Lederer
Michael LandonEugene Maurice Orowitz
Jerry LewisJoseph Levitch
LiberaceWladziu Valentino Liberace
Sophia LorenSophia Scicoloni
MadonnaMadonna Veronica Louise Ciccone
Dean MartinDino Crocetti
Paul McCartneyJames Paul McCartney
MeatloafMarvin Lee Aday
Marilyn MonroeNorma Jean Baker
Bernadette PetersBernadette Lazarra
PrincePrince Rogers Nelson
Ginger RogersVirginia Katherine McMath
Mickey RooneyJoe Yule, Jr. 
StingGordon Sumner
Sissy SpacekMary Elizabeth Spacek
Ringo StarrRichard Starkey
Abigail Van BurenPauline Esther Popo Friedman Phillips
John WayneMarion Michael Morrison
Raquel WelchRaquel Tejada
Gene WilderJerome Silberman
Shelley WintersShirley Schrift
Stevie WonderSteveland Morris Hardaway

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