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 and model Sophia Hutchins went public with their relationship by posting an intimate Instagram photo prior to their joint appearance at the ESPYs. The two had previously been spotted at events together but downplayed the dating rumors.
Pop icon Lady Gaga's debut album, 'The Fame,' included the hits 'Just Dance' and 'Poker Face.' Her follow-up effort, 'The Fame Monster,' was nominated for six Grammys. In 2018, she earned two Grammy nominations including Best Pop Vocal Album for “Joanne” and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Million Reasons.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Nina Simone’s childhood home a national treasure; it was saved from demolition in 2016. The singer and Civil Rights activist experienced major mental health & financial issues before dying in France in 2003.
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.