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Using stage names is nothing new in the industry as celebrities have been opting for sassy names for centuries. Whatever the reasons would have been, these 20 celebrities decided to leave their real names far behind and adopt some more catchy ones for fans to drool upon.
The legendary comedian Whoopi Goldberg was born as Caryn Johnson.
Wrestlers commonly change their name to showcase a tough and a strong personality. Hence, Terry Jean Bollette decided to go for Hulk Hogan.
Our favorite performer and singer was Katy Hudson but because we were already blessed with Kate Hudson, she decided to go for Katy Perry.
Joaquin Phoenix is one of those old actors with an unforgettable name. He was born with Rafael Bottom. While we don't really have an idea about why he changed his name to Joaquin but it sure is great
Actress Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra but she changed her name to Meg Ryan. It definitely suits her girl next door look.
Reese didn't have to run far for her stage name because she just shortened her name from Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon to Reese Witherspoon.
With a name so classy, the jokes just write themselves. The comedian's real name is Cornelius Crane Chase and he took "Chevy" from a very famous song "The Ballad Of Chevy Chase."
The name Shania Twain sounds as if it rhymes with twangs. And Shania sounds like country music.
Rihanna changed her name from Robyn Fenty. It's good she did and we got blessed with Riri.
Olivia Jane Cockburn didn't feel like her last name would do justice to the entertainment industry. Hence, Olivia Wilde.
Queen Nicki Minaj has raided the world with her sinful voice but her maiden name "Onika Tanya Maraj" wouldn't have been able to get fans.
The name no wonder sounds delightful rather colorful but her name was Amanda Lee Rogers.
Before you start thinking that Oprah was born with a dramatic name like this, let me tell you what her name was? Her name was "Orpah" that was taken from the Bible but people mispronounced it as "Oprah."
Our Indie princess named Elizabeth Grant bought her wonderful voice on stage as Lana Del Rey.
Well, our "Uptown Funk" crazy singer was born Peter Gene Hernandez but he changed his name over to Bruno Mars. And we are sure as hell in love with it.
Country Singer Jason was born with the name Jason Aldine Williams from which he switched his last name to Aldean. Simple yet classy!
The creative Director with a personal shady life was born Allan Konigsberg.
Musical genius, born Stevland Hardaway Morris switched his name to Stevie Wonder.
Rocker Pat Benatar was born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski which was too difficult to remember. Great that the name changed to Pat and is now a staple.
Born with Georgios Panayiotou, switched his name to George Michael and we love him ever since.