9 Celebrities Who Hid Their Real Names From Us

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One thing that’s never gone out of style in Hollywood: cultivating a unique persona with the help of a stage name. While some completely wipe the slate clean, others simply replace a first or last name

KATY PERRY

Born in a strict Pentecostal Christian family, Katy Perry grew up listening to Christian music. Both her parents were pastors in a church and started her singing career at the age of 9 at her parent’s church and sang until she was 17. She studied Italian Opera singing for a short time. And started her singing career singing Christian pop but not under her original birth name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She changed her name to Katy Perry to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson.

KATY PERRY

MEG RYAN

Meg Ryan, born in Fairfield, Connecticut, as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, the daughter of Susan Jordan, a former actress and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. Ryan’s parents were both raised in Fairfield. Meg Ryan has Polish, Irish, and German ancestry. “Hyra” is a Polish surname, and “Ryan” is her maternal grandmother’s maiden name. Meg Ryan was raised a Roman Catholic and attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield, where her mother taught sixth grade. During college, she acted in television commercials to earn extra money. Meg Ryan dropped out of college a semester before she would have graduated and has said this decision was the result of her success as an actress. When she registered herself with the Screen Actors Guild, she used the surname “Ryan”, her grandmother’s maiden name. She changed her name to Meg Ryan through her acting career.

MEG RYAN

ALBERT BROOKS

Having voiced the character Marlin in the Disney feature Finding Nemo and he has voiced a number of characters in the animated TV series The Simpsons. He married artist Kimberly Shlain in 1997. He has a daughter named Claire and a son named Jacob. His original name was Albert Einstein which he changed to Albert Brooks for obvious reasons.

ALBERT BROOKS

CARMEN ELECTRA

Carmen Electra was an American glamour model, actress, television personality, singer, and dancer. She gained fame for her appearances in Playboy magazine, on the MTV game show Singled Out, on the TV series Baywatch, and dancing with the Pussycat Dolls, and has since had roles in the parody films Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie.

Her real name was Tara Leigh Patrick which she later on she changed to Carmen Electra, her stage name.

CARMEN ELECTRA

BRUNO MARS

Bruno Mars is more than just a fedora-wearing, ex-Elvis impersonator who was born Peter Hernandez, he is Grammy award-winning singer and is as funny as they come. His father nicknamed him after a professional wrestler, Bruno Sammartino. He said that he bore a resemblance to the wrestler when he chubby as a child. Growing up his nickname was Little Elvis. He is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. He comes from a musical family. His mother is a hula dancer while his father is a percussionist. He started singing since the age of 4 when he joined his family’s band and sang with them 5 days a week.

BRUNO MARS

NICKI MINAJ

Born on December 8th, 1982 in St James, Trinidad and Tobago Nicki Minaj was brought up by her grandmother when she was younger. She admitted to having a hard upbringing as her father was an abusive drug addict who tried killing her mom by setting fire to their house. She moved to Queens, New York with her mother when she was 5. A woman of many talent, she used to play clarinet when she was in elementary school. She was distracted in high school by acting and boys and wasn’t the best in academics.

Her birth name was Onika Tanya Maraj, before she changed it to Nicki Minaj she had nicknames including Cookie and Harajuki Barbie.

NICKI MINAJ

NICOLAS CAGE

One of the most fascinating figures in Hollywood, nephew of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, inspired by James Dean to get into acting biz as a teenager and in the years since has become an Academy Award winner and the subject of the internet worship. He has developed his own totally unique way of getting into character which he calls “Nouveau Shamantic”. And he has planned on writing a book on all his secrets. Nicolas Cage is notorius for his profligate spending, blowing huge sums on castles, yachts, a jet and a T-ex skull, so when it came time for him to get a pet for his house he dropped a bundle on an octopus telling the press that he needed it to “help him with his acting.”

His real name is Nicolas Coppola but he wanted to invent his own name which happened to be Nicolas Cage!

NICOLAS CAGE

DAVID BOWIE

Bowie appeared in over 25 films throughout his life, including The Last Temptation of Christ as Pontius Pilate, Basquiat as artist Andy Warhol, and The Prestige, as inventor Nikola Tesla. He provided the voice of the long-nosed, blue-skinned, stiletto-sporting Atlantean King “Lord Royal Highness” in the 2007 animated TV movie SpongeBob’s Atlantis Square Pantis. He was nominated for an MTV award for his cameo in Zoolander. Bowies right pupil was permanently dilated. His friend, the artist George Underwood, punched him while they were both at school in a fight over a girl and accidentally sliced his eye with a fingernail. In 2004, he was hit with a lollipop thrown at the stage in Oslo, Norway. It became stuck, but a member of Bowie’s crew eventually managed to remove it. He was offered the knighthood from the Queen in 2003 but turned it down.

His original name was David Robert James which he changed to David Bowie to avoid confusion with David Jones of the Monkees.

DAVID BOWIE

PITBULL

An American rapper and businessman from Miami, Florida. Born on January 15, 1981, he was taught from a very young age that if you work hard in life, you will be rewarded. He lived his life that way and so far it has paid off. He hustles to make money as a businessman and as a singer. He has a fragrance line for both men and women, started a TV production company and has partnerships with some of the biggest names in the world such as Vodka, Kodak and Bud Light.

His original name is Armando Christian Perez but his stage name is Pitbull which has special meaning to it. Pitbull is a breed of dogs that had lock-jaw. They refuse to give up because they are too stupid to lose. He wanted to be known as them because he liked it when someone says that he can’t so something. When he hears he cannot do something, something inside him explodes!

PITBULL

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