Before They Were Famous: Celebs Who Changed Their Names

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What’s in a name? For some Hollywood stars, an entire career. Stars may be born, but names aren’t always. For a variety of reasons, celebrities often change their names before they hit it big. And, for some of these well known faces, it makes all the difference in the world. It seems Shakespeare may have gotten this one wrong. A rose is not always a rose by any other name…

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Marion Morrison

John Wayne
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Ben Haggerty

Macklemore
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Demetria Guynes

Demi Moore
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Mark Sinclair Vincent

Vin Diesel
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Natalie Hershlag

Natalie Portman
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Peter Gene Hernandez

Bruno Mars
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Robyn Fenty

Rihanna
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Krishna Pandit Bhanji

Ben Kingsley
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Ilyena Mironov

Helen Mirren
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Maurice Micklewhite

Michael Caine
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Onika Tanya Maraj

Nicki Minaj
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Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Elton John
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Margaret Hyra

Meg Ryan
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Eric Marlon Bishop

Jamie Foxx
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Stefani Germanotta

Lady Gaga
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Georgios Panayiotou

George Michael
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Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Lana Del Rey
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Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko

Natalie Wood
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And, Finally…

Norma Jean Mortensen = Marilyn Monroe. But, the truth is, she’d have been immortal no matter what name she went by…
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