Celebrity Real Names:
Alan Alda -- Alphonso d'Abruzzo
Woody Allen -- Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Lauren Bacall -- Betty Joan Perske
Pat Benatar -- Patricia Andrzejewski
Robert Blake -- Michael Gubitosi
David Bowie -- David Robert Hayward-Jones
Diahann Carroll -- Carol Diahann Johnson
Chubby Checker -- Ernest Evans
Chick Corea -- Armando Anthony Corea
Sheena Easton -- Sheena Shirley Orr
Redd Foxx -- John Elroy Sanford
Robert Guillaume -- Robert Peter Williams
Billie Holiday -- Eleanora Fagan
Ben Kingsley -- Krishna Bhanji
I could go on and on....i love that kinda stuff. I can just hear all the Hollywood agents on some "uh...that name just isn't gonna work in this town. It's too plain/too ethnic. We're gonna have to find something else to call you"
Does that still go on? Are modern day celebs still changing their names? I mean i do know that Alicia's last name isn't Keyes but there definitely weren't very many under 35 celebs in that almanac.
I guess agents feel we live in a more tolerant (i hate that word) society nowadays. That Americans (or more importantly, casting directors) will accept an actor named La Donna Andrea Gaines and not expect her to change her name to Donna Summer.