The hilarious & sometimes tragic real names of celebrities

From Milena Markovna to Belcalis Almanzar, here are the real birth names of famous celebrities.

While Julie Anne Smith was not very keen on changing her given birth name when she was starting out, she eventually had no  choice but to do so if she wanted to “stand out.”

Julianne Moore

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Given that her sister’s birth name is “Hennessy” it was only fair for the “Bodak Yellow” singer to adopt the nickname “Bacardi.”

Cardi B

Natalie Portman

Born Neta-Lee Herschlag in Jerusalem, Israel, the “Black Swan” actress,  adopted her stage name shortly after her debut in Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional.

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His stage name as a child actor was Leaf until he changed it back to  Joaquin at the age of 15 because, let’s face it, Leaf Phoneix is a bit  much, even for Hollywood.

Joaquin Phoenix


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