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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.

Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Tom Cruise - born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Natalie Portman - born Natalie Hershlag Film Producer, Model, Actor

Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Kevin Spacey - born Kevin Spacey Fowler Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer

Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Katy Perry - born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Freddie Mercury - born Farrokh Bulsara Record producer, Pianist, Musician

Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Miley Cyrus - born Destiny Hope Cyrus Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Steven Tyler - born Steven Tallarico Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Michael J. Fox - born Michael Andrew Fox Television producer, Film Producer, Author

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Alicia Keys - born Alicia Augello Cook Record producer, Pianist, Musician

Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Bob Dylan - born Robert Allen Zimmerman Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
David Bowie - born David Robert Jones Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Marilyn Monroe - born Norma Jeane Mortenson Film Producer, Model, Actor

Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Michael Caine - born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author

Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

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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 Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Courtney Love - born Courtney Michelle Harrison Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jamie Foxx - born Eric Marlon Bishop Television director, Pianist, Television producer

Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jon Stewart - born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist

Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Lea Michele - born Lea Michele Sarfati Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Bob Hope - born Leslie Townes Hope Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Julianne Moore - born Julie Anne Smith Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer

Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Judy Garland - born Frances Ethel Gumm Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer

Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Diane Keaton - born Diane Hall Television director, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur

Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Mickey Rooney - born Joseph Yule, Jr. Soldier, Comedian, Television producer

Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jayne Mansfield - born Vera Jayne Palmer Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model

Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jodie Foster - born Alicia Christian Foster Musician, Film Producer, Actor

Jack White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Jack White - born John Anthony Gillis Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Woody Allen - born Allen Stewart Konigsberg Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician

Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Rodney Dangerfield - born Jacob Cohen Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Elizabeth Banks - born Elizabeth Irene Mitchell Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Lenny Bruce - born Leonard Alfred Schneider Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Martha Plimpton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Chevy Chase - born Cornelius Crane Chase Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Diane Kruger - born Diane Heidkr├╝ger Ballet Dancer, Fashion Model, Actor

Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Ray Charles - born Ray Charles Robinson Film Score Composer, Arranger, Jazz Pianist

Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Norah Jones - born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Kirk Douglas - born Issur Danielovitch Demsky Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer

Meg Ryan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Meg Ryan - born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Charlton Heston - born John Charles Carter Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist

Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Rita Hayworth - born Margarita Carmen Cansino Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Toby Keith - born Toby Keith Covel Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Harry Houdini - born Erik Ivan Weisz Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian

Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Joan Crawford - born Lucille Fay LeSueur Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer

Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Mel Brooks - born Melvin Kaminsky Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer

Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names
Phoebe Cates - born Phoebe Belle Katz Entrepreneur, Model, Actor