Starring Norma Jean Baker: Real names of the Stars

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Would Marilyn Monroe have been just as famous if she had kept her original name of Norma Jean Baker? Hollywood stars’ names were sometimes changed for the simple reason that it was too long to fit in big neon letters on the front of a theatre, but mostly it was due to the fact a name had to sound right to get star status. For a time, alliteration was all the rage, with names such as Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot hitting the silver screen. However, there were stars that stuck to their original names and still made it.  Find out which stars kept their original names and those that didn’t…

Stars who changed their names

Star name Real name
Al Jolson Asa Yoelson
Alan Alda Alphonse D’Abruzzo
Alice Cooper Vincent Furnier
Audrey Hepburn Edda Hepburn van Heemstra
Bo Derek Mary Cathleen Collins
Boris Karloff William Henry Pratt
Brigitte Bardot Camille Javal
Buster Keaton Joseph Francis Keaton
Cary Grant Alexander Archibald Leach
Charles Bronson Charles Buchinsky
Cliff Richards Harold Roger Webb
David Bowie David Robert Hayward-Jones
Dean Martin Dino Crocetti
Doris Day Doris Kappelhoff
Douglas Fairbanks Julius Ullman
Elton John Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Gary Cooper Frank J.Cooper
Gracie Stansfield Gracie Fields
Irving Berlin Israel Baline
Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura James George Janos
Joan Crawford Lucille Le Sueur
John Wayne Marion Michael Morrison
Julie Andrews Julia Elizabeth Wells
Lauren Bacall Betty Joan Perske
Marilyn Monroe Norma Jean Baker
Michael Caine Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Mickey Rooney Joe Yule
Morgan Fairchild Patsy Ann McClenny
Ralph Lauren Ralph Lifschitz
Rex Harrison Reginald Carey Harrison
Richard Burton Richard Walter Jenkins
Rock Hudson Roy Harold Fitzgerald
Rudolph Valentino Rudolpho Giugliemi
Sam Goldwyn Samuel Goldfish
Shelly Winters Shirley Schrift
Sophia Loren Sofia Scicolone
Tony Bennett Antonio Dominick Benedetto
Tony Curtis Bernard Schwartz
Twiggy Lesley Hornby
Veronica Lake Constance Ockleman
Vivien Leigh Vivian Mary Hartley
Woody Allen Allen Stewart Konigsberg

Stars who kept their original names

Harry Belafonte Eartha Kitt Frank Sinatra
Candice Bergen Kris Kristofferson Rod Steiger
Humphrey Bogart Jack Lemmon Rod Stewart
Marlon Brando Spike Milligan Barbra Streisand
Charlie Chaplin Cole Porter Spencer Tracy
Neil Diamond Tyrone Power Orson Welles
Errol Flynn Elvis Presley Mae West
Clark Gable Suzi Quatro Frank Zappa
Goldie Hawn Burt Reynolds
Dustin Hoffman Telly Savalas

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