50 Celebrities Who Aren’t Who You Think They Are

  • Albert Brooks

  • Alison Brie

  • Angelina Jolie

  • Audrey Hepburn

  • Ben Kingsley

  • Blake Lively

  • Bruce Lee

  • Carmen Electra

  • Cary Grant

  • Charlie Sheen

  • Christopher Walken

  • Demi Moore

  • Diane Keaton

  • Dita Von Teese

  • Eric Bana

  • An Evening With Gene Wilder

  • Helen Mirren

  • Jamie Foxx

  • Jodie Foster

  • John Wayne

  • Judy Garland

  • Julianne Moore

  • Julie Andrews

  • Kevin James

  • Kevin Spacey

  • Larry King

  • Louis C.K.

  • Marilyn Monroe

  • Michael Caine

  • Michael Keaton

  • Mila Kunis

  • Natalie Portman

  • Natasha Lyonne

  • NeNe Leakes

  • Nicolas Cage

  • Olivia Wilde

  • Portia de Rossi

  • Queen Latifah

  • Rooney Mara

  • Sasha Grey

  • Shane West

  • Sigourney Weaver

  • Spike Jonze

  • Spike Lee

  • Tim Allen

  • Tom Cruise

  • Vin Diesel

  • Whoopi Goldberg

  • Winona Ryder

  • Woody Allen

The Oscars confused the hell out of everyone last Sunday when they announced that Lonnie Lynn and John Stephens won the award for Best Original Song. It turns out, those are the IRL names of “Glory” writers and performers, Common and John Legend. But pop stars aren’t the only ones who use stage names.

Here are the real names of 50 other celebrities, from actors to TV personalities. While some simply shorten their birth names, others take on a whole new identity entirely.

Check out what we learned at the Oscars, in addition to the real names of Common and John Legend.

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Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.