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List Rules Famous people who you know by their pseudonyms - no surnames changed because of marriage

List of celebrities with stage names, loosely ranked according to fame and popularity. It's tough to break into show business, but a good stage name might give you a leg up in a sea of boring Joe Smiths and Anne Taylors. This list includes famous people you didn't know were using fake stage names, including those who go by their middle names and celebrities who used variations of family names. A number of people on this list changed their names to avoid confusion with other actors. For example, the Batman you know as Michael Keaton was born Michael John Douglas - not to be confused with Michael Kirk Douglas (whose own father, Kirk Douglas, was born Issur Danielovitch). Other celebrities changed their names to protect their privacy. Natalie Hershlag was a famous child actress, but you have always known her as Natalie Portman. Some celebrities who use pseudonyms changed their names themselves just because they sounded better.

This list of famous stage names includes celebrities who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include female celebrities who use their married surnames professionally, famous people who were adopted by stepparents at a young age and had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names, such as many wrestlers and eponymous artists. You know Adele must have a last name. You know Sting's real name is not Sting. You are pretty sure it's not just a coincidence that the Macho Man's last name was Savage. For more lists of celebrity names, check out the funniest real names of celebrities and this list of stupid celebrity baby names.

Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Katy Perry - born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Tom Cruise - born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV Tom Cruise is an American actor, filmmaker and scientologist. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the ...more

Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Natalie Portman - born Natalie Hershlag Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more

Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Charlie Sheen - born Carlos Irwin Estévez Carlos Irwin Estévez, best known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen rose to fame after a series of successful films such as Platoon, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day ...more

Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Blake Lively - born Blake Ellender Brown Blake Lively is an American actress, model and celebrity homemaker. She starred as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW drama Gossip Girl, and has co-starred in such films as The Sisterhood of the ...more

Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Olivia Wilde - born Olivia Jane Cockburn Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
David Bowie - born David Robert Jones David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Miley Cyrus - born Destiny Hope Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her ...more

Kat Dennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Kat Dennings - born Katherine Litwack Kat Dennings is an American actress.

Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Steven Tyler - born Steven Tallarico Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...more

Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Angelina Jolie - born Angelina Jolie Voight Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as ...more

Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Nicolas Cage - born Nicolas Kim Coppola Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. He has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas ...more

Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Audrey Hepburn - born Audrey Kathleen Ruston Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as ...more

Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Nicki Minaj - born Onika Tanya Maraj Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more

Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Meg Ryan - born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and film producer. After playing minor roles in film and television, Ryan's breakout role came with the ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Elton John - born Reginald Kenneth Dwight Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jeane Mortenson Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After ...more

Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Olivia Munn - born Lisa Olivia Munn Lisa Olivia Munn is an American actress, model, television personality and author. She began her career being credited as Lisa Munn. Since 2006, she has been using the name Olivia Munn ...more

Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Courtney Love - born Courtney Michelle Harrison Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, ...more

Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Sophia Loren - born Sofia Villani Scicolone Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more

Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Joan Rivers - born Joan Alexandra Molinsky Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...more

Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Axl Rose - born William Bruce Rose, Jr. raised as William Bruce Bailey

Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jane Fonda - born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film ...more

Mickey Rourke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Mickey Rourke - Born Philip Andre Rourke Jr. Philip Andre Rourke, Jr., known as Mickey Rourke, is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films. During ...more

Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Julianne Moore - born Julie Anne Smith Julianne Moore is an American-British actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, Moore is active in both art house and Hollywood films. She is particularly known ...more

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jodie Foster - born Alicia Christian Foster Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first ...more

Raquel Welch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Raquel Welch - born Jo Raquel Tejada Raquel Welch is an American actress. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage, after which she won a contract with 20th Century-Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she ...more

Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Shania Twain - born Eilleen Regina Edwards Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling ...more

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Winona Ryder - born Winona Laura Horowitz Winona Ryder is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. As Lydia Deetz, a goth teenager in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, she won critical and popular recognition. After ...more

Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Alison Brie - born Alison Brie Schermerhorn Alison Brie Schermerhorn, known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC ...more

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Alicia Keys - born Alicia Augello Cook Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more

Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Tina Turner - born Anna Mae Bullock Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more

Sasha Grey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Sasha Grey - born Marina Ann Hantzis Sasha Grey is an American actress, model, author, musician, and former pornographic actress. She first made her name in mainstream media after appearing on several popular television programs ...more

Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Lea Michele - born Lea Michele Sarfati Lea Michele Sarfati, known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and author, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television ...more

Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Diane Kruger - born Diane Heidkrüger Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic war film Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure/heist film National Treasure and its ...more

Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jon Stewart - born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily ...more

Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jane Seymour - born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg Jane Seymour, OBE is a British-American actress best known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die, Somewhere In Time, East of Eden, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, ...more

Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Chevy Chase - born Cornelius Crane Chase Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, actor, and writer. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and ...more

Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Woody Allen - born Allen Stewart Konigsberg Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes ...more

Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Kevin Spacey - born Kevin Spacey Fowler Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast ...more

Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Lana Del Rey - born Elizabeth Grant Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey and former stage name "Lizzy Grant", is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and ...more

Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Michael J. Fox - born Michael Andrew Fox Michael J. Fox, OC is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox's roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Bob Dylan - born Robert Allen Zimmerman Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Sigourney Weaver - born Susan Alexandra Weaver Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and film producer, known for playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, Weaver quickly came ...more

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Freddie Mercury - born Farrokh Bulsara Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jamie Foxx - born Eric Marlon Bishop Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. As an actor, his work in the 2004 Ray Charles biographical film Ray earned ...more

Shannon Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Shannon Elizabeth - born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal Shannon Elizabeth Fadal, known professionally as Shannon Elizabeth, is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth is well known for her roles in comedy films such as American Pie, ...more

Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Christina Milian - born Christine Flores Christine Flores, better known as Christina Milian, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her ...more

Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Michael Caine - born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made ...more