Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What's Your Real Name?

It's interesting that so many classic Hollywood starlets changed their names when they got involved in film. Here are just a few examples of some of the beautiful ladies who were not satisfied with their birth names.

Stage name followed by real name:

Carole Lombard - Jane Peters

Joan Crawford - Lucille LaSueur

Rita Hayworth - Margarita Cansino

Lana Turner - Julia Turner

Marilyn Monroe - Norma Mortenson

Barbara Stanwyck - Ruby Stevens

Bette Davis - Ruth Davis

Veronica Lake - Constance Ockleman

Lauren Bacall - Betty Perske

Ginger Rogers - Virginia McMath

Carole Landis - Frances Ridste

I wonder how different their careers would have been if they had kept their original names...


Amy said...

And apparently Judy Garland's real name was Frances Gumm!!??

The Clothes Horse said...

Veronica Lake definitely had a name upgrade. I wonder what I would call myself...

Anonymous said...

i love the general idea of the blog <3

Kathie Truitt said...

I thought Marilyn Monroe was Norma Jean Baker (I think Mortensen might have been her first married name)