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How Well Do You Know These Celebrities' Real Names?

Is nobody telling the truth about who they really are?!

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  1. 1. Elton John

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    Jonathan Elton Green
    Gregory Anthony White
    Reginald Kenneth Dwight
    Samuel Eggars Knight
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Elton John's real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

    "Elton John" is an homage to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.

  2. 2. Louis C.K.

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    Louis Szala
    Louis Szekeres
    Louis Szakacs
    Louis Szekely
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Louis C.K.'s real name is Louis Szekely.

    C.K.'s stage name is derived from an approximate English pronunciation of his Hungarian surname, Szekely (See-Kay).

  3. 3. Tom Cruise

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    Thomas Cruise Mapother
    Thomas Cruise Mapother II
    Thomas Cruise Mapother III
    Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Tom Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.

    No word on whether or not Suri Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother V.

  4. 4. Stevie Wonder

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    Stephen Wonder
    Stephano Ralphio
    Stevland Judkins
    Steven Vönda
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Stevie's real name is Stevland Judkins.

    He's the eighth wonder of the world, hence his stage name.

  5. 5. Julianne Moore

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    Julianne Smith
    Julie Anne Smith
    Julia Smith
    Julianne Schmidt
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith.

    As she explains, "There was already a Julie Smith, a Julie Anne Smith, there was everything. My father's middle name is Moore; my mother's name is Anne. So I just slammed the Anne onto the Julie. That way, I could use both of their names and not hurt anyone's feelings. But it's horrible to change your name. I'd been Julie Smith my whole life, and I didn't want to change it."

  6. 6. Helen Mirren

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    Helena Pyotr
    Alexandrina Eva Matilda
    Helen Lydia Mironoff
    Betty Wilson
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Helen Mirren's real name is Helen Lydia Mironoff.

    And she's an ageless wizard.

  7. 7. Lil' Bow Wow

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    Ryan Gerald Gonzales
    Terry Donald Ross
    Chad Eric Grossman
    Shad Gregory Moss
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bow Wow's real name is Shad Gregory Moss.

    Great rapper, or greatest rapper? Oh, neither? OK.

  8. 8. Miley Cyrus

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    Miracle Grace Cyrus
    Destiny Hope Cyrus
    Diaspora Faith Cyrus
    Gemini Twerk Cyrus
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Miley's real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus.

    Because of course it is.

  9. 9. George Michael

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    Georgia Stavros Stathopoulos
    Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
    Gregory Demopoulos
    George-Michael Bluth
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    George Michael's full name is Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου, aka Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.

  10. 10. Cher

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    Sherry Zakaryan
    Sharon Bogosian
    Cheryl Eskadarian
    Cherilyn Sarkisian
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Cher's real name is either Cherilyn Sarkisian, or "Divine Goddess of Pop."

    Take your pick.

  11. 11. Michael Caine

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    Maurice Micklewhite
    Ben Haggerty
    Charles Van White
    Eugene Lewis
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.

    Fun fact: Before choosing "Michael Caine" as a stage name, he went by "Michael Scott."

  12. 12. Jon Bon Jovi

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    Jean Bon Jeauvé
    John Bongiovi
    Sean Bon Jovi
    Poindexter Eisenhower
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Jon Bon Jovi's real name is John Bongiovi.

    He got reeeeeal creative with his stage name.

  13. 13. Portia De Rossi

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    Amanda Lee Rogers
    Mary Anne Spier
    Dawn Schafer
    Kristy Thomas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Portia De Rossi's real name is Amanda Lee Rogers. The rest of those names are members of "The Babysitter's Club."

    Portia chose the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," and an Italian last name.

  14. 14. Joaquin Phoenix

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    Joaquín Michaelangelo Top
    Joaquín Rafael Bottom
    Joaquín Leonardo Versatile
    Joaquín Donatello Flip-Flop
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Joaquin's birth name is Joaquín Rafael Bottom.

    He and his siblings all adopted the surname "Phoenix."

  15. 15. Albert Brooks

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    Albert Einstein
    Isaac Newton
    Nikola Tesla
    Alan Turing
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Albert Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein.

    It's pretty obvious why he changed it.

  16. 16. Marilyn Monroe

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    Norma Jeane Monroe
    Norma Jeane Miller
    Norma Jeane Mortenson
    Norma Jeane McCormick
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Marilyn's real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.

    A movie executive thought "Marilyn Monroe" was sexy, had a "nice flow," and would be "lucky" due to the double M.

  17. 17. Anne Rice

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    Walter O'Donnell
    Felix O'Connor
    Thomas O'Toole
    Howard O'Brien
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Anne Rice's real name is actually Howard O'Brien.

    Howard. Howard?

  18. 18. Vanilla Ice

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    ROBERT VAN WINKLE
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Vanilla Ice has the least rap name ever, with Robert Van Winkle.

How Well Do You Know These Celebrities' Real Names?

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