Hello! Okay, so chances are that you have never heard of any of these names before; “Diane Hall,” “Olivia Jane Cockburn” or even “Maurice Micklewhite.” But you have probably heard their stage actor names all over Hollywood and other major entertainment industries.
When the Hollywood system began, most of the new actors simply just took the more simplified versions of their names which they believed would be much easier for the audience to grasp. Take, for example, Doris Day, you realize that this is a lot simpler to grasp and remember compared to her real name, “Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff.” By now you should start getting the idea. Clay Aiken’s real name is Clayton Holmes Grissom. You may have heard of Clay from the American Idol. Clay Aiken is more memorable and most people would agree too. The list is virtually almost endless; almost as long as the total number of all the entertainers in the entertainment industry the world over.
Even so, this article has summed up 6 celebrities who changed their names for the stage and cameras and whose real names might end up shocking you. Let’s take a look.
1. Natalie Wood
Her real name is Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. If you were to get a quick glance at this name and be told to say it out loud, you probably wouldn’t. In fact, it could take you a few couples of hours, even days to even get to spell it right. And nobody wants to go through that hustle, especially not the audience.
Natalie Wood was born to Russian immigrant parents, and that is how the complex Russian-like name came into being. But after she joined Hollywood, it was time she simplified her name to match the Hollywood times.
2. Chevy Chase
His real name is Cornelius Crane Chase. Funnily enough, he got his stage name from a traditional English song called, “The Ballad of Chevy Chase.” Even so, if you compare the stage name and the song, it is unfortunate that the song doesn’t really talk about an old racist guy who derails brilliant shows and is almost impossible to work with.
3. Olivia Wilde
Her real name is Olivia Jane Cockburn. Olivia had a pretty rough Middle School time from the fact that her last name simply rhymed with another word for penis. And when she entered the entertainment industry, she wasn’t about to add to the scrutiny, most people would give her name throughout the world. And that is how Olivia Wilde came to be.
4. Larry King
Larry is one of the most famous names of almost everybody who watches television and has internet has come across once or twice. His real name is Lawrence Harvey Zeigler. Now, try saying that really quickly like you would say Larry King and see what happens. Larry was born to an Australian father and his mom from Belarus. Both of his parents were Orthodox Jews who lived in New York back in the early 90s’.
5. Whoopi Goldberg
Another quite famous name, Whoopi’s real name is Caryn Johnson. But if you dig into how she got her stage name, you will find that she got it from the fact that she somehow had this ability to fart a lot. Her mother had advised her to adopt a Jewish last name, saying that it would help a lot with her career if more people believed she was Jewish.
6. Katy Perry
Her real name is Katy Hudson. The main reason Katy changed her name was to avoid any confusion with other renowned actress Kate Hudson.