Stage names have been used since the birth of theater. You’ll be surprised to know this practice continues even today, with many of our favorite stars through history disguising their true names for one reason or another. Want to find out who they really are? Read on and find out.
[post_page_title]Madonna – Madonna Louise Ciccone[/post_page_title]
For those of you who have long wondered about Madonna’s real name, wait no longer; for we have revealed the truth. To tell the truth, I’m actually quite surprised that Madonna is actually her real name and that she just decided to lop off the rest of it. I could have sworn Madonna would have been a stage name and nothing else.
[post_page_title]Joaquin Phoenix – Joaquin Rafael Bottom[/post_page_title]
Stop the laughing back there. What are you, twelve? Alright, I admit I had a little giggle when I read this too. Joaquin Phoenix is one of the coolest people in Hollywood thanks to his ability to pick really exciting projects. Would he have been as cool with a last name like Bottom? Hell no! His brother, River, thought exactly the same, so they made a mutual decision to change it.
[post_page_title]Portia de Rossi – Amanda Lee Rogers[/post_page_title]
Stage monikers usually act to flatten out any exoticness in an actor’s real name (See Martin Sheen and his family for details), but it seems Portia went entirely in the other direction. An exotic, enticing name like Portia de Rossi conjures up an image of glamor and stardom. Amanda Lee Rogers conjures up the image of a country singer, however.
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