Celebrities Who Speak Another Language: Natalie Portman + other stage names

I read somewhere the other day that Natalie Portman was actually born Natalie Herschlag in Jerusalem. She’s half American, half Israeli, but learned Hebrew in New York at a private Jewish school. I’d be interested to know how she chose Portman for her stage name…probably a good move on her part, not the nicest last name to roll of your tongue!

Here’s Natalie speaking Hebrew (and shabbat shalom y’all, it’s Friday!)

And here’s a great SNL video short of Natalie rapping:

Some more stage names to throw you for a loop are below:

  • Woody Allen = Allen Konigsberg
  • Bono = Paul Hewson
  • Pat Benatar = Patricia Andrejewski
  • Alice Cooper = Vincent Furnier
  • Tom Cruise = Thomas Mapother IV
  • Bob Dylan = Robert Zimmerman
  • Marilyn Monroe = Norma Jean Baker (recently won a pickle back shot at trivia night with this one!)
  • Jodie Foster = Alicia Christian Foster
  • Judy Garland = Frances Gumm
  • Ice-T = Tracy Morrow
  • Elton John = Reginald Dwight
  • Sophia Loren = Sophia Scicoloni
  • Demi Moore = Demetria Guynes
  • Susan Sarandon = Susan Tomaling

About alicestockwellegan

Language and culture enthusiast from New York living in San Francisco.
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