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25 Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

25 Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

It's surprising how many famous people have chosen to to forgo their birth names.

Some celebrity names quite obviously stand out with stage names the Weeknd and Awkwafina. But other stage names might sound pretty simple and are often not the names celebs were born with. Many of the stars actually go by pseudonyms and have chosen to forgo their birth names. Sometimes they change their names for more privacy and other times they like the sound of stage names that have some pizazz to them. Whatever be the reason, here's a list of 25 celebrities that you may not have realized have stage names. 

1. Nicki Minaj - born Onika Tanya Maraj



 

2. Billie Eilish - born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell



 

3. Olivia Wilde  - born Olivia Jane Cockburn



 

4.  Jamie Foxx - born Eric Marlon Bishop



 

5. Zayn - born Zain Javadd Malik



 

6. Natalie Portman - born Neta-Lee Hershlag



 

7. Blake Lively - born Blake Ellender Brown



 

8. Winona Ryder - born Winona Laura Horowitz



 

9. Bruno Mars - born Peter Gene Hernandez



 

10. Reese Witherspoon - born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon



 

11. Drake - born Aubrey Drake Graham



 

12. Nina Dobrev - born Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva



 

13. Bob Dylan - born Robert Allen Zimmerman



 

14. Mahershala Ali - born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore



 

15. Charlie Sheen - born Carlos Irwin Estévez



 

16. Judy Garland - born Frances Ethel Gumm



 

17. Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jeane Mortenson



 

18. John Boyega - born John Adedayo B. Adegboyega



 

19. Katy Perry - born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson



 

20. Ringo Starr - born Richard Starkey



 

21. Freddie Mercury - born Farrokh Bulsara



 

22. Miley Cyrus - born Destiny Hope Cyrus



 

23. Stevie Wonder - born Stevland Hardaway Judkins



 

24. Elton John - born Reginald Kenneth Dwight



 

25. Stan Lee - born Stanley Leiber



 

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