A stage name has the power to make or break a career.

Over the years, A-listers have gone with the trend and adopted a name different to their birth name for reason of convenience and in order to avoid something too complicated for their fans to pronounce without any hassle.

While the decision might not be as simple as you think, most famous celebrities go by a middle name, nickname, family name or something else entirely.

From Grammy award-winning singers to actors on the big screen, a myriad of celebrities are now known by a name different to their birth certificate. The artistic name was born to create a character and simply stand out from the rest.

Swipe through our gallery with various celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde, Katy Perry, and others to find out what their real names are.

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