8 Celebrities Who Changed their Names for Glamor World

The glamor world is a very demanding place to be in. Besides other things, people are also, at times, required to change their identities and their names so as to succeed and gain fame and money. There are numerous celebrities whom we know by their fake names and here are their real names that were given to them at birth, albeit not very glamorous sounding names.

Charlie Sheen/Carlos Irwin Estevez

Charlie Sheen/Carlos Irwin Estevez

1. Charlie Sheen/Carlos Irwin Estevez

The eternal bad boy of Hollywood, Charlie Sheen doesn't really have such a glamorous sounding name. His real identity is Carlos Irwin Estevez.


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Lady Gaga/ Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Lady Gaga/ Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

2. Lady Gaga/ Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

It is no surprise to know that Lady Gaga isn't the quirkily dressed singer's actual name. She was born with a mouthful of a name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. The name change apparently came about when in her earlier days she would walk into the recording studio singing 'Radio Ga Ga.' When her producer texted her one day, his text auto-corrected and 'radio' become 'lady.' She loved the sound of the words 'Lady Ga Ga' so much that she decided to make it her new identity.


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Joaquin Phoenix/Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Joaquin Phoenix/Joaquin Rafael Bottom

3. Joaquin Phoenix/Joaquin Rafael Bottom

The original name of actor Joaquin Phoenix is Joaquin Rafael Bottom. After the handsome performer's family left a religious cult, they decided to change their last name to officially leave their old life behind by eventually settling on the last name of Phoenix.


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Jennifer Aniston/ Jennifer Anastassakis

Jennifer Aniston/ Jennifer Anastassakis

4. Jennifer Aniston/ Jennifer Anastassakis

Cute actress Jennifer Aniston was born Jennifer Anastassakis but she decided to change her Greek last name to the more easily pronounceable 'Aniston' so that her journey in Hollywood becomes easier. Interestingly, her father, Yannis Anastassakis was also an actor by profession and he changed his name too.


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Joan Rivers/ Joan Molinsky

Joan Rivers/ Joan Molinsky

5. Joan Rivers/ Joan Molinsky

It’s hard to imagine this TV personality as anything other than Joan Rivers, but it is in fact a stage name. Once upon a time, a struggling actress who went by the name of Joan Molinsky changed her name to Joan Rivers on the advice of her agent Tony Rivers and it worked wonders for her career.


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Bruno Mars/ Peter Hernandez

Bruno Mars/ Peter Hernandez

6. Bruno Mars/ Peter Hernandez

If you have been wondering about the curious case of this singer's unusual name, then here's the explanation for the same. The pop star was fondly called Bruno by his father as he was a chubby baby and resembled the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Then he added Mars as his surname himself as he reportedly said: “I felt like I didn't have pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I’m out of this world, so I was like I guess I'm from Mars.”


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Pixie Lott/ Victoria Lott

Pixie Lott/ Victoria Lott

7. Pixie Lott/ Victoria Lott

Delicate looking singer Pixie Lott does resemble a little pixie with her porcelain looks. That is exactly what her mother thought; that she was a tiny, cute baby who looked like a fairy. Thus the name change from the boring and common Victoria to the more quirky sounding Pixie.


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Michael Caine/ Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Michael Caine/ Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

8. Michael Caine/ Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

With a mouthful of a name like Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, actor Michael Caine thought it best to change his name to something simpler for audiences to connect with him better. However, Michael Caine is not the first stage name he adopted. He had resorted to naming himself Michael Scott before changing it to Michael Caine.


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  • Charlie Sheen/Carlos Irwin Estevez
  • Lady Gaga/ Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
  • Joaquin Phoenix/Joaquin Rafael Bottom
  • Jennifer Aniston/ Jennifer Anastassakis
  • Joan Rivers/ Joan Molinsky
  • Bruno Mars/ Peter Hernandez
  • Pixie Lott/ Victoria Lott
  • Michael Caine/ Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

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