10 celebrities you didn’t know used stage names

What’s in a name?

For everyone, it’s a way of identifying themselves as a unique person. For celebrities, whose names are known across the world, a name is everything.

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Some stars have chosen to use another alias in place of their birth name for various reasons. However, there are celebrities that many don’t realize are using a stage name in their career.

Here are 10 celebrities you didn’t know were using stage names.

1. Jamie Foxx

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Born Eric Marlon Bishop, Foxx chose his stage name when he broke into comedy in the late 80s and early 90s. Following a challenge from his girlfriend to take the mic, he realized he needed a catchier name.

Foxx noticed that female comedians were often given priority over their male counterparts, so he chose Jamie due to his gender ambiguity. Foxx’s last name was chosen as a tribute to Redd Foxx, a black comedian best known for his role in the 70s sitcom Sanford and Son.

2. Brie Larson

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