These Celebs Changed Their Names
Tara Leigh Patrick is much less glamorous than Carmen Electra. She changed her name after Prince persuaded her!
In an act to protect her privacy, Natalie Hershlag took her grandmother's surname of Portman, and has never looked back.
Olivia Cockburn was that actress' birth name. She changed her last name to Wilde as a mark of admiration for Oscar Wilde, among other things.
Cherilyn shortened her name when she became famous and then in 1979, she legally changed it to Cher with no middle or surname.
Maria Nunez is this famous singer's birth name. Her grandfather changed is name to Carey when he moved to New York and her first name, Mariah, was inspired by a song.
Following in her father's footsteps, Jennifer Anastassakis changed her Greek surname to Aniston.
Diane Keaton changed her name from Diane Hall, as there was already another Diane Hall registered in the Actors' Equity Association.
This stunning actress we know and love today has the legal name of Blake Brown, which is her father's last name. However, her father took her mother's maiden name which is Lively and Blake followed suit.
Judy Garland was originally Ethel Gumm and was a part of the travelling singing act with her sisters called the Gumm sisters. It wasn't until she changed her name that she really found fame.
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson changed her name from Katy Hudson because it was too similar to actress Kate Hudson, to Katy Perry, using her mother's maiden name.
Heather Renée Sweet changed her name to Dita Von Tees all as a result of choosing a random name in a phone book and then Playboy magazine spelling it incorrectly. Thus was born, Dita Von Tees.
Alicia Foster acts under her childhood nickname Jodie, which was given to her by her siblings.
Lea Michele Sarfati dropped her last name at a very young age and hasn't looked back since!
Lily James changed her name from Lily Thomson to pay tribute to her late father, James Thomson, who died tragically from cancer in 2008.
Eileen Regina Edwards is what this country superstar was called at birth. In 1993 she legally changed her name to Shania and Twain for her stepfather, Jerry Twain.
Orpah Winfrey was challenging to pronounce, so a couple letters were switched and Oprah is who we know today!
After spending the bulk of his childhood on Zanzibar and in India, Farrokh Bulsara started calling himself Freddie and then later on Freddie Mercury! What a legend.
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey dropped her first name and part of her middle name, so now we have Tina Fey!
Eric Bishop is Jamie Foxx's birth name. He obviously had to change to a smoother and cooler name if he wanted to make it big.
Bruce Willis changed his name from Walter Willis. He talked about his name change in the most expensive car advertisement ever, made for Aviva Insurance.
Michael Douglas changed his name to Micheal Keaton to avoid confusion with the other Michael Douglas that was already prominently acting in Hollywood. It was reading that Diane Keaton already had to change her name to Keaton that inspired Michael to do the same.
Mark Sinclair Vincent changed his name to Vin Diesel as a result of nicknames given by friends.
Everyone knows her as Mindy, but this star's birth name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She dropped her first name and changed her last name when she started doing stand-up!
That's right, the now Duchess of Sussex changed her name! Her real full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, so she chooses to go by her middle name as her first name. Who would have thought?!
While Mila more just shortened her name, the Ukrainian-born actress' full name is Milena Markovna Kunis.
Elizabeth Banks was forced to change her name from her birth name of Elizabeth Irene Mitchell because of Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell who was already acting at the time. She wanted a one syllable last name to contrast with the four syllable first name.
Drake's birth name is Aubrey Drake Graham. Makes sense that he just stuck with his middle name when he hit fame!
Julianne Moore's birth name is Julie Anne Smith. She changed her first name by putting her first and middle names together and took her father's middle name for her last name, Moore. Complicated!
Michael Caine's birth name is in fact Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. Definitely a big change there!
Joan Molinsky changed her named to Joan Rivers when she was a struggling actress, under the advisement of her agent Tony Rivers!
Miley Cyrus was named Destiny Hope Cyrus at birth because her parents thought she was destined for great things. She then developed a nickname, 'Smiley' which then ultimately tuned to the Miley Cyrus we know today.
Audrey Hepburn changed her last name from Ruston after her father decided to change their last names to Hepburn-Ruston. She dropped Ruston altogether to become the iconic Audrey Hepburn we still know today.
Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon dropped her first name and used her mother's maiden name, Reese instead!
Amanda Lee Rogers is what Portia de Rossi grew up being called. She changed her name when she was 15 as a part of trying to identify herself with a name that fit her better.
Lana Del Rey was originally called Lizzie Grant. Struggling to make a name for herself in the music world, she changed her name and voila! It worked!
So many celebrities have changed their names, whether it's when they had their first dose of fame, or well before that. See which celebs changed their names and why right here...