ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

It's widely known that certain celebs use stage names - sometimes to keep their personal and star-lit lives separate, or just to avoid being mistaken for other celebs. While there are superstars whose real identity is widely known (think Marshall Mathers/Eminem), the majority of A-listers who go by a stage name wish to be known to the public by that name only, and some go as far as legally changing their names to said stage names. Below, I've listed some of the most surprising real names of your favorite Hollywood stars - some of which you would NEVER have guessed were using stage names.

Lady Gaga

Now this one is OBVIOUSLY a stage name, but not many people know (or can remember for that matter) Lady Gaga's real birth name, which is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Now, that's a mouthful!

Nicki Minaj

Love her or hate her, there's no denying that Nicki Minaj has well and truly made it to stardom. Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, which is a beautiful name, so why she decided to change it is beyond me.

Whoopi Goldberg

Stage name: Whoopi Goldberg. Real Name: Caryn Elaine Johnson.


Stage name: P!NK. Real name: Alecia Beth Hart.

Katy Perry

Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Katy Perry decided to use her mother's maiden name to avoid being confused with actress Kate Hudson. Not an unwise movie, Katy!

Natalie Portman

Keira Knightley lookalike Natalie Portman was actually born Natalie Hershlag - who'd have known?

Miley Cyrus

Ahh, Miley Cyrus, what a charmer! Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, and with the nickname 'Smiley Miley' as a child, she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus at just 15 years old.

Winona Ryder

Stage name: Winona Ryder. Real name: Winona Horowitz.


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