William Shakespeare famously asked in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” For these 36 celebrities, what to call themselves was a real issue, especially as they made their way in the fickle waters of Hollywood. Actors, actresses, singers — heck, all artists — have used stage names since the beginning of the theater.

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In Hollywood today, your name opens doors … but it also can close them. So, what you choose to be called is all important. We found three dozen celebs who changed their birth names to a more marquee-friendly name.

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Who are these stars? Some are obvious, such as Lady Gaga. Do you know what the Oscar and Grammy winner’s given name was? How about Brad Pitt or Jamie Foxx? Those two share something, other than appearing in Quentin Tarantino movies! Those are stage names! Sit back and get ready to play the celebrity name game.

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