Celebrities’ Real Names You Never Knew

By Rachel
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You’ve probably heard before that many authors use pen names, but did you know that tv and movie stars do the same thing? For one reason or another, some of your favorite famous people aren’t who they say they are. And by that, we mean that many household names you know and love, from Brad Pitt to Lady Gaga, have been using stage names for most of their professional careers.

Sometimes actors and actresses adopt stage names because they sound catchier, they’re easier to spell, or in rare cases, their actual name is already being used by someone else. Regardless of the reasoning, these are the real, legal names of some of your favorite stars.