Many classic stars went to extreme measures, all for Hollywood!
Icons including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, and more have changed their names for the stage — and many of their real names were totally different before they changed them.
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Back during Hollywood's Golden Age, it seemed to be a trend to switch your name for fame. On February 23, 1956, Marilyn famously swapped her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe, however, she was known publicly as Marilyn Monroe starting in 1946.
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Similarly, The Wizard of Oz star Judy changed her name from Frances Ethel Gumm for more success in the spotlight. The actress was part of "The Gumm Sisters" early on in her career with her two older sisters, Mary and Dorothy.
Judy in The Wizard of the Oz. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In late 1943, they changed their group name to the Garland Sisters. Although it's unclear exactly why, some theories suggest that they got it from the drama critic Robert Garland. Others have suggested it was inspired by Carole Lombard's character Lily Garland in the film Twentieth Century.
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After that Judy changed her name from Frances to Judy, which was inspired by a popular Hoagy Carmichael song. Interesting!
Click through the gallery below to see stars who've changed their names for acting!
The late actress was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko.