Which Celebrities Do Not Use Their Real Names?


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Celebrities who do not use their real name include Katy Perry, Jamie Fox, Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Keaton, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Portman and Blake Lively all use different last names than their given names.

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Which Celebrities Do Not Use Their Real Names?
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Katy Perry's birth name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. In 2001, she released her first album under the name Katy Hudson. Ultimately, she decided to change her name to Katy Perry, taking her mother's maiden name, in order to avoid being confused with the actress Kate Hudson.

Jamie Foxx's real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. Foxx started out as a stand-up comedian. Since clubs often call women to the stage to perform first, Foxx changed his name to the gender-neutral name Jamie, in order to better his chances of getting a good set time.

Lana Del Rey's birth name is Elisabeth Woolridge Grant. Before taking the stage name of Lana Del Rey, she performed under the stage name Lizzy Grant. She released her first digital albumn "Lana Del Ray" in 2010.

Nicki Minaj's real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. Wanting to create a new persona for herself, she first tried out the names Cookie and Harajuku Barbie before deciding on the name Nicki Minaj.

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