Real Names of the Stars
One of the first things listeners ask Erin and me is, ‘Is that your real name?’ And sometimes they seem disappointed to find out that Erin McCarty and Robert Wright are the ones we were born with. I have, through the years, worked with a number of deejays who used ‘air names’, the most memorable being ‘Jason O’Brien’ (real name Howard Toole) and ‘Gary Burbank’ (Eugene Purser). And with some of show business’ biggest ‘names’ it’s no different.
The well-known names you refer to these celebrities by aren’t the names on their birth certificates. Here are some of my favorites…how many did you know?
Marilyn Monroe) Norma Jean Mortonson
Charlie Sheen) Carlos Estevez
Cee Lo Green) DeCarlo Callaway
Demi Moore) Demetria Guynes
Jennifer Aniston) Jennifer Anastassakis
Michael Caine) Maurice Micklewhite
Elton John) Reginald Dwight
Tina Turner) Annie Mae Bullock
Lady Gaga) Stefani Germanotta
Whoopi Goldberg) Caryn Johnson