Real names: Female celebs

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What’s her name again?
Not even the world’s elite are safe from poor parental naming choices. A few superstars of stage and screen have some surprising names written on their birth certificates– and they’re not the ones we are used to hearing.

While many of these celebs were given names at birth that reflected their cultural heritage (for instance, the gorgeous Sarah Shahi was born with a first name that sounded like a sneeze: Aahoo) or a moniker in honor of a family member (like how author Anne Rice was named after her father, Howard — and not some feminized version of the name, either).

The name (change) game
Here we present you with a list of women who have changed — or tweaked — their given first and/or last names to make them more Hollywood-friendly, or who chose to go with their middle names instead. (We have not included stars who are just using a common nickname with no other changes, and aren’t featuring ladies here who use a single word as a stage name… like musical mamas Beyonce, Madonna and Pink.)

Celebrity baby names

Celebrity name Birth name Profession
Andie MacDowell Rosalie Anderson MacDowell actress
Anna Nicole Smith Vickie Lynn Hogan model
Anne Rice Howard Allen O’Brien author
Bo Derek Mary Cathleen Collins model
Carmen Electra Tara Leigh Patrick model
Cyd Charisse Tula Ellice Finklea actress
Demi Moore Demetria Gene Guynes actress
Elle MacPherson Eleanor Nancy Gow model
Erykah Badu Erica Abi Wright musician
Faith Hill Audrey Faith Perry musician
Joan Crawford Lucille Fay LeSueur actress
Jodie Foster Alicia Christian Foster actress
Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Anderson musician
Judy Garland Frances Ethel Gumm actress
Lauren Bacall Betty Joan Perske actress
Marilyn Monroe Norma Jean Baker actress
Meg Ryan Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra actress
Portia De Rossi Amanda Lee Rogers actress
Reese Witherspoon Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon actress
Sarah Shahi Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi actress
Shania Twain Eilleen Regina Edwards musician
Taylor Dayne Leslie Wunderman musician
Tina Turner Anna Mae Bullock musician
Tori Amos Myra Ellen Amos musician
Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson actress
Wynonna Judd Christina Ciminella musician




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