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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
age 34
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

Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 53
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
age 34
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
age 53
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
age 31
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
age 34
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
age 72
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
age 26
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
age 32
Katherine Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. After making her acting debut in an episode of the HBO dramedy series Sex and the City, ...more

Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 70
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
age 43
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
age 55
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
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)
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
age 36
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
age 57
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

Elton John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 71
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
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more

Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 38
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
age 54
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
age 84
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
Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)
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
age 57
raised as William Bruce Bailey W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal ...more

Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
age 81
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
age 66
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

Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Dec. at 32 (1977-2009)
Brittany Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. Murphy, a native of Atlanta, moved to Los Angeles as a ...more