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Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

Lucille Barilla Lucille Barilla
April 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT

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Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name Lady Gaga for the former Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.  Reportedly, Gaga was in the process of trying to come up with a stage name when she received a text  from Fusari that read "Lady Gaga." In an interview, he stated, "Every day, when Stef came to the studio, instead of saying hello, I would start singing 'Radio Ga Ga'. That was her entrance song." She texted back, "That's it," and said, "Don't ever call me Stefani again."

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