Starring Norma Jean Baker: Real names of the Stars

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 nameReal name
Al JolsonAsa Yoelson
Alan AldaAlphonse D’Abruzzo
Alice Cooper Vincent Furnier
Audrey HepburnEdda Hepburn van Heemstra
Bo Derek Mary Cathleen Collins
Boris KarloffWilliam Henry Pratt
Brigitte Bardot Camille Javal
Buster KeatonJoseph Francis Keaton
Cary GrantAlexander Archibald Leach
Charles Bronson Charles Buchinsky
Cliff RichardsHarold Roger Webb
David Bowie David Robert Hayward-Jones
Dean MartinDino Crocetti
Doris DayDoris Kappelhoff
Douglas FairbanksJulius Ullman
Elton JohnReginald Kenneth Dwight
Gary CooperFrank J.Cooper
Gracie StansfieldGracie Fields
Irving BerlinIsrael Baline
Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura James George Janos
Joan CrawfordLucille Le Sueur
John WayneMarion Michael Morrison
Julie AndrewsJulia Elizabeth Wells
Lauren BacallBetty Joan Perske
Marilyn MonroeNorma Jean Baker
Michael CaineMaurice Joseph Micklewhite
Mickey RooneyJoe Yule
Morgan Fairchild Patsy Ann McClenny
Ralph Lauren Ralph Lifschitz
Rex HarrisonReginald Carey Harrison
Richard BurtonRichard Walter Jenkins
Rock HudsonRoy Harold Fitzgerald
Rudolph ValentinoRudolpho Giugliemi
Sam GoldwynSamuel Goldfish
Shelly WintersShirley Schrift
Sophia LorenSofia Scicolone
Tony Bennett Antonio Dominick Benedetto
Tony CurtisBernard Schwartz
TwiggyLesley Hornby
Veronica Lake Constance Ockleman
Vivien LeighVivian Mary Hartley
Woody Allen Allen Stewart Konigsberg

Stars who kept their original names

Harry Belafonte Eartha KittFrank Sinatra
Candice Bergen Kris KristoffersonRod Steiger
Humphrey Bogart Jack LemmonRod Stewart
Marlon Brando Spike MilliganBarbra Streisand
Charlie Chaplin Cole PorterSpencer Tracy
Neil Diamond Tyrone PowerOrson Welles
Errol Flynn Elvis PresleyMae West
Clark Gable Suzi QuatroFrank Zappa
Goldie Hawn Burt Reynolds
Dustin HoffmanTelly Savalas

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