Monday, October 7, 2013

More Real Names of Old Hollywood Stars

Last week I shared  the real names of some of our favorite classic film stars. I enjoyed putting that post together so much that I thought I would share a few more.

Many are simple, average American names and some are very indicative of  the actor/actresses culture. But no matter why they changed their names, their new stage names defiantly worked for them. Don't you think?
Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr = Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper = Frank James Cooper
Carole Lombard = Jane Alice Peters
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby = Harry Lillis Crosby
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford = Lucille Fay LeSueur
Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff = William Henry Pratt 
Judy Garland
Judy Garland = Frances Ethel Gumm
George Burns
George Burns =  Nathan Birnbaum
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine = Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Dean Martin
Dean Martin = Dino Crocetti


  1. Oooh I didn't know about any of these names! Why on earth would Joan Crawford change her name, when it was so unique and movie-star sounding to begin with!?!?!?

  2. I never knew Boris changed his name

    kate the old fashioned way

  3. I can't see Boris Karloff as anything as than Boris. I adore this old Hollywood stars...TCM is a tv staple for me. They just don't make movies like the ones of the 30's and 40's anymore.

  4. Wow who'd ever imagine! The only one I knew of is Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti, molto italiano! ;)). Thank you for sharing; you are your blog are lovely. Greetings from Italy


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