It’s said that a chosen few are born to be stars. And while that might be true, some of those stars are clearly not born with names destined for fame. When that is the case, they are usually counseled to adopt fan-friendly aliases by entertainment business insiders, although some celebrities simply chose pseudonyms themselves. Were these famous figures right to change their names? You be the judge.
Ice Cube is O’Shea Jackson
By the sound of Ice’s real first name he should have fronted an Irish rock band. No worries mate, the Los Angeles native did well for himself as a rap pioneer instead. The commonly accepted version of how the moniker came about is that his older brother gave O’Shea the nickname, because he acted cooler than his age around the ladies.
John Wayne is Marion Robert Morrison
Yes, The Duke’s real first name could just as well been that of a girl. Tinseltown legend claims Marion got his acting name from Fox studio’s Winfield Sheehan, a history buff who just read a script with revolutionary war general ‘Mad Anthony’ Wayne. The John part was never apportioned, except that director Raoul Walsh needed a short first name for the movie poster.
Madonna is Madonna Louise Ciccone
Madonna’s given name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, but many assumed Madonna was a stage name. The christening confirms mama and daddy Ciccone had no idea what they were in store for given Madonna’s controversial heyday in the 1980s. Another famous star who dropped the last part of his name is Prince, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson.