For some reason, I've taken to collecting stage names and real names of certain celebrities. I'm not really excited about Fiona Apple being Fiona Apple Maggart; after all, who can blame her for that one?
I just like the names which exude faux toughness or street cred..."Sting". "The Edge". Can you imagine a punk rocker named John Beverley? I can't. The mismatch between the stage name and the birth name is what makes these combinations interesting.
Here are some that I have collected because I find them amusing. Please feel free to send me your contributions.
|50 Cent||Curtis Jackson***|
|Axl Rose||William Bruce Bailey|
|Bono||Paul David Hewson|
|The Edge||David Howell Evans|
|Carmen Electra||Tara Leigh Patrick|
|Queen Latifah||Dana Elaine Owens *|
|Lucy Lawless||Lucille Frances Ryan|
|Shaggy||Orville Richard Burrell|
|Anna Nicole Smith||Vickie Lynn Hogan|
|Vanilla Ice||Robert van Winkle|
|Sid Vicious||John Simon Beverley|
|Tammy Wynette||Virginia Pugh|
|Marilyn Manson||Brian Hugh Warner|
|Shania Twain||Eileen Regina Edwards (Eileen Regina Twain) **|
|John Wayne||Marion Morrison|
|Alice Cooper||Vince Furness|
|Englebert Humperdinck||Arnold George Dorsey|
* She has just released "The Dana Owens Album", so I give her credit for that. She's pretty cool, actually.
**Tip 'o' the hat to the ever-cool Tracey Roth for this one. A lot of women that I like seem to hate Shania Twain.
***Thanks to Diana Meiser.