In entertainment, where the line between fiction and reality is often blurry, names are a crucial part of a celebrity's image. Stage names are often chosen to make an actor or musician's name easier to pronounce or remember, or simply to make it sounds more attractive. Here are famous celebrities who have changed their names.
Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, has become the second member of The Beatles to be knighted, after Sir Paul McCartney. Ringo, who was honored for “services to music,” said, “It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."
Australian actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr was featured in NBC’s ‘Timeless.’ Best known in her time as the world’s “most beautiful woman alive,” Lamarr starred alongside Clark Gable and helped develop an early technique for early ideas behind WiFi.
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, was one of the most beloved athletes of the 1970s and a gold medal-winning track star who set a world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As Bruce, he also appeared on the popular reality show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ In 2015, Jenner revealed that she is transgender and has become a woman, now known as Caitlyn.
Legendary performer Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and '60s, later enjoying a career resurgence in the '80s. A staunch Civil Rights activist, she was known for tunes like "Mississippi Goddam," "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Four Women," among many others.
Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. His multi-generational hit songs include "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Living in the City," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "Sir Duke," "That Girl" and "Part-Time Lover."
Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove has just opened a stage adaptation of Ayn Rand’s breakthrough novel, “The Fountainhead” (1943), at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Fans of Rand’s vision of free-market fundamentalism include Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and President Trump.