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A Rose By Any Other Name

January 12, 2015

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

So says Juliet in Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet”.  But here are a baker’s dozen of my favourite Hollywood icons who, for whatever reasons, ditched their birth names on the road to fame.

FREDERICK AUSTERLITZ – Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire born Frederick Austerlitz

 

ARCHIBALD LEACH – Cary Grant

Cary Grant born Archibald Leach

 

DORIS KAPPELHOFF – Doris Day

Doris Day born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff

 

FRANCES GUMM – Judy Garland

Judy Garland born Frances Gumm

 

AUDREY RUSTON – Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn born Audrey Ruston

 

VIRGINIA McMATH – Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers born Virginia McMath

 

JOE YULE Jr – Mickey Rooney

MickeyRooney born Joe Yule Jr

 

BERNARD SCHWARTZ – Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis born Bernard Schwartz

 

BETTY PERSKE – Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall born Betty Perske

 

DAVID KAMINSKY – Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye born David Daniel Kamnsky

 

MARY SLATON – Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour born Mary Slaton

 

NATALIA ZAKHARENKO – Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood born Natalia Zakharenko

 

LUCILLE LeSUEUR – Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford born Lucille LeSueur

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