The Best Celeb Name Changes

Ones that don't roll off the tongue often get a makeover
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 1:23 PM CDT
"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart simply dropped the last part of his full title, Jonathan Stewart Leibowitz.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – What’s in a name? Apparently everything worth changing, reports Radar. Inspired by the list-heavy Cityfile, a wiki-style Facebook of sorts for notable New Yorkers (wondering which celebs are Bentley owners?), Radar created its own gossipy inventory: famous folks with changed names:

  • Natalie Portman, actor: Natalie Hershlag
  • Moby, musician: Richard Melville Hall

  • Ghostface Killah, rapper: Dennis Coles
  • Jon Bon Jovi, rocker: Jon Bongiovi
  • Jon Stewart, TV host: Jonathan Stewart Leibowitz
  • Geraldo Rivera, TV reporter : Gerald Rivera
  • Joan Rivers, TV personality: Joan Molinsky
  • Ralph Lauren, fashion tycoon: Ralph Lifshitz
Follow the link below for the complete list.