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Celebrity Aliases in the Marquee Lights — Dave’s Diary

Chances are pretty good I’ll take in a movie or two this weekend. It’s one of my favorite things to do but as much as I enjoy them, I’ve never had a dream of seeing my name up in lights.  As I was reviewing the new releases I got to wondering how many stars real names are up there on the marquee.  Just for fun on a Friday, here are some stars you know with some names you may not.

Joy Behar
“The View” co-host may have a short succinct name now but it used to be a mouthful. She was born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto.

Alan Alda
The New York City native was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo but when he got into acting he took his dad’s stage name of Alda.

Lauren Bacall
The 86-year-old actress once went by the name Betty Joan Perske.

Tony Danza
The “Who’s the Boss?” star had quite a mouthful as a name before he shortened it. As a kid he went by Anthony Salvatore Iadanza.

Tina Fey
The “30 Rock” star was inspired by her original name for the character Liz Lemon on her hit show. Tina’s name used to be Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.

Jamie Foxx
As a young comedian, Eric Marlon Bishop realized that females were often called first to perform on open mic nights, so he changed his name to Jamie Foxx.

Sophia Loren
Having two first names is so much sexier than having a typical last name. Especially if said last name sounds like a natural disaster. The Italian actress was born Sofia Villani Scicolone.

Christopher Walken
The Academy Award winner was originally named Ronald, but changed his name when a friend suggested that Christopher suited him better. Nowadays he often prefers to be called Chris.

Liv Tyler
The actress was born Liv Rundgren since her mom claimed that rock star Todd Rundgren was her dad. But at age nine, Liv figured out that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was her biological father and five years later changed her surname to match his.

Antonio Banderas
Before he was lending his voice to ‘Puss in Boots’ for “Shrek,” Banderas was Jose Antonio Dominguez Bandera.

Shania Twain
Born Eileen Regina Edwards, the Canadian singer got the last name Twain from a stepfather, and in the beginning of her career, she added Shania, a native Ojibwa word which means “on my way.”

Alice Cooper
The rock singer was originally Vincent Damon Furnier before taking on his first band’s name as his own when he started his solo singing career.

Billy Idol
The English rocker and former Generation X member went by William Michael Albert Broad as a kid.

David Copperfield
Before he became one of the most successful magicians in the world, David Copperfield was known as David Seth Kotkin.

Marc Anthony
J.Lo’s hubby is legally Marco Antonio Muniz. The singer’s Puerto Rican parents named him after Mexican singer… Marco Antonio Muniz.

Steven Tyler
Aerosmith’s front man was Stephen Victor Tallarico before he was singing “Dream On” with the band.

Eddie Vedder
The Pearl Jam singer was born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964. He was raised as Edward Mueller, thinking that his stepfather, Peter Mueller, was his biological father.

Tony Bennett
The 84-year-old spliced his name shortly before becoming the iconic musician he is today. He was known as Anthony Dominick Benedetto as a kid.

Pat Benatar
Patricia Mae Andrzejewski dropped out of school at 19 to marry her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar.

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