One of my all time favourite Hollywood peeps is Reese Witherspoon. A friend of a friend knows her neighbour so we are basically besties.
Today I read that Reese isn’t in fact REESE! I know. I was shocked too. I know a lot of actors change their name to something more glitz and glamour or because another famous peep is registered on the Screen Actors Guild with the same name and only one of every name is allowed (who knew?), but I had no idea celebs are rocking around with different names on their birth certificates to what the world knows them as.
So, get ready for your little mind to be blown.
Reese Witherspoon is in fact a Laura. Her full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.
Aussie Elle McPherson is Eleanore Nancy Gow.
Nicki Minaj is Onika Tanya Maraj. Not so rap city!
Meg Ryan grew up as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. As a kid she went by the name Peggy Hyra. But then changed it to Meg Ryan. CONFUSED MUCH?
Dakota Fanning is a Hannah. Her middle name is Dakota so she ran with that.
Jamie Foxx is actually Eric Marlon Bishop.
Chevy Chase used to be Cornelius Crane Chase.
Tom Cruise’s birth name was Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. So formal.
Bono is a Paul. Paul David Hewson.
Tiger Woods was Eldrick Tont Woods.
I wonder if people close to these celebs call them by their original names? Like, does Bono’s mum call him and ask for Pauly to come to the phone? Does Jamie Foxx’s mum write his birthday cards ‘Dear Eric…’?
Which name shocked you the most?