Think about your name, then think about the ones announced at awards shows. Chances are, the latter are way more interesting. That’s because once you decide you want to be famous, you’re free to go by whatever you want to hear called from the stage (ideally by Channing Tatum). That’s exactly what these 16 famous folks did.

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Olivia Wilde: Olivia Jane Cockburn

Middle school must’ve been rough.

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Louis C.K.: Louis Székely

Székely pronounced, ya know, "see-kay."

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Audrey Hepburn: Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston

Because two names are better than six.

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Michael Caine: Maurice Micklewhite

If you had any doubts that he’s British.

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Lana Del Rey: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Markedly angstier.

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Helen Mirren: Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

She’s a dame and has a name that sounds like a czarina. Some girls have all the luck. 

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Stevie Wonder: Stevland Judkins

Not Steve. Not Steven. Stevland.

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Vin Diesel: Mark Sinclair Vincent

And he’s a twin!

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natalie portman: natalie hershlag

And she speaks six languages!

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Albert Brooks: Albert Einstein

Well, those would’ve been some big shoes to fill.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal: Margalit Gyllenhaal

Girlfriend didn’t know her real first name until she got married in 2009.

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Michael Keaton: Michael Douglas

There’s room for only one Michael Douglas in this town. (Hollywood, apparently.)

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Chevy Chase: Cornelius Crane Chase

Both pretty weird.

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Garrison Keillor: Gary Keillor

Gary wasn’t NPR enough for ya?

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Etta James: Jamesetta Hawkins

Some tricky letter play up in here.

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faith hill: audrey faith perry

A name like Faith Hill was just destined to become a country superstar. 

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