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1. Reginald Dwight (Elton John) made sure that everyone in 1974 knew that Norma Jeane Baker was best known as silver screen icon:
Bette Davis
Grace Kelley
Marilyn Monroe
Elizabeth Taylor
2. There's a ghost of a chance that you recognize the name Caryn Johnson....most of the free world knows her as:
Diane Keaton
Whoopi Goldberg
Winona Ryder
Christina Ricci
3. Angelina Jolie took on her mother's maiden name as her stage name early on in her career, to separate herself from her famous father. Her original last name was:
4. While Tom Cruise sounds like a completely made-up name, Cruise is in fact his real middle name. He probably wouldn't have quite hit the heights he has if he went by his real last name, though, which is:
5. Nicolas Cage took his stage name from comic book character Luke Cage so as not to ride on the fame of his Oscar-winning director uncle. Really, we're lucky he didn't pick Nicolas Kal-El (you've got to save that for your kid's name!), but his original last name was:
6. Jamie Foxx picked his name as a tribute to pioneering comedian Red Foxx (who in turn had changed his name). But at birth, this future Oscar winner was known as:
Martin Prince
Stephen Rogers
Albert Jones
Eric Bishop
7. I'm sure to no one's shock, rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J wasn't born with that moniker. But it's not surprising that he changed his name from what was a rather generic handle. Growing up, he was known as:
James Smith
Todd Johnson
Larry Jones
Jack Sullivan
8. You've enjoyed the work of Susan Alexandra Weaver for years - but if that name sounds alien, it's because that's not how she's best known. What name does she go by?
Helen Mirren
Amy Adams
Sigourney Weaver
Toni Collette
9. You may not recognize the birth name of the actress born Cherilyn Sarkisian, but you'd recognize her by sight...even if she was wearing a mask:
Catherine Zeta Jones
Sherilyn Fenn
Cate Blanchett
10. Jacob Cohen felt he would get no appreciation, deference, veneration, esteem, etc. unless he changed his name to:
Ben Affleck
Rodney Dangerfield
Bob Hope
Gilbert Godfried
11. You like Oscar winner Sally really, really like her, especially when she goes by this name that you know best:
Sally Field
Halle Berry
Meryl Streep
Julia Roberts
12. Marx brothers Chico, Groucho, Gummo, Harpo and Zeppo were born with the first names Leonard, Julius, Milton, Adolph and Herbert, respectively. But what was the actual last name the brothers were born with?
In an upset, Marx
13. The man who entered the world as Marion Michael Morrison became legendary western star:
Clint Eastwood
Cary Cooper
John Wayne
Alan Ladd
14. Each of the directors like to appear in their own pictures. Only one, though, was born Allen Konigsberg:
Oliver Stone
Woody Allen
Kevin Smith
M. Night Shyamalan
15. Is Demetria Guynes the name of a woman you'd watch do a striptease? Maybe, maybe matter, as she usually goes by this sleeker name:
Diane Lane
Anne Hathaway
Megan Fox
Demi Moore
16. Some actors chose screen names. Others, in the case of Archibald Leach, have names thrust upon them. What name did Paramount select for Mr. Leach?
Cary Grant
Clark Gable
Rudolph Valentino
Omar Sharif
17. "Margarita Carmen Cansino and the Shawshank Redemption" would have been a clumsy name for a Stephen King story. Fortunately, this screen goddess instead chose the name:
Rita Hayworth
Veronica Lake
Sophia Loren
Vivien Leigh
18. Our main man Maurice Micklewhite rebranded himself after a the title of a film he said he saw on a theater marquee. You know him best as:
Tom Hanks
Michael Caine
Steve McQueen
Daniel Craig
By way of explanation.....
From Wikipedia: He saw a cinema marquee for the then-current movie The Caine Mutiny and thought that it would make a good last name in conjunction with Michael. ("Had I looked the other direction," he would later quip, "I'd be known as Michael The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.")
19. While some actors change their names from unusual ones, Jack Black, Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell all chose to be billed by their middle names even though their real first names are all quite ordinary. Match the trio to their respective first names below:
Thomas, William, John
Allen, Joseph, Michael
Robert, David, Peter
Ronald, Albert, Mark
20. It was a genius move for the actor born Albert Einstein to adopt this stage name:
Albert Finney
Albert Brooks
Al Pacino
Alan Ada

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