Real names, stage names

freddie mercury on stage with a big english flag on his back

Actors, singers, as well as writers and artists, often give up their unpronounceable names in favor of easier (or just more appealing) stage names or pen names. Here are the most famous pseudonyms in the world and the terrible names they conceal. 

Best stage names

Stage name Real name
Marilyn Monroe Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker Monroe
Brigitte Bardot Camille Javal
Bo Derek Mary Cathleen Collins
Bob Dylan Robert Allen Zimmerman
Elton John Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg
Demi Moore Demetria Guynes
Yves Montand Ivo Livi
Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Shortest stage names

Stage name Real name
Eminem Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Sting Gordon Matthew Sumner 
Moebius Jean Giraud
Hergé Georges Remi
Skin Deborah Anne Dryer
Neera Anna Zuccari Radius
Voltaire François-Marie Arouet
Molière Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Best pen names

Pen name Real name
Stephen King Richard Bachman
Agatha Christie Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller
George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair
George Sand Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin
Marguerite Yourcenar Marguerite de Crayencour
Sophie Kinsella Madeleine Sophie Wickham
Fred Vargas Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau

Unpronounceable real names 

Stage name Real name
Woody Allen Allan Stewart Königsberg
Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Anastassakis
Dan Aykroyd Daniel Edward Agraluscasacra
Freddie Mercury Farrokh Bulsara
Kirk Douglas Issur Danilovitch Demsky
Vivien Leigh Vivian Mary Hartleyù
George Michael Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Stevie Wonder  Steveland Hardaway Judkins
Charles Aznavour Chahnourh Varinag Aznavourian

Best Italian stage names

Stage name Real name
Elvis Costello Declan Patrick McManus
Tony Curtis Bernard Schwartz
Curzio Malaparte Kurt Erich suckert
Italo Svevo Aron Hector Schmitz

Best English stage names

Stage name  Real name
Rita Hayworth Margarita Carmen Cansino
Ashley Judd Ashley Tyler Ciminella
Dean Martin Dino Paul Crocetti
Anne Bancroft Anna Maria Louise Italiano

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12 febbraio 2024
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