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We may know these famous people by one name, but their birth certificate says something entirely different. So how did these celebrities get their stage names and nicknames? Read on to find out.

Whoopi Goldberg

Early on in Whoopi Goldberg’s career, she was still going by her birth name, Caryn Elaine Johnson. Getting her start in theater, Goldberg was used to having no privacy backstage and sharing her space with other people. So when she had to rid herself of gas, there was nowhere private to let it rip. Her flatulence earned her the name “Whoopi” because she sounded like a whoopie cushion breaking wind. The name stuck, and she used “Goldberg” as a surname hoping the Jewish moniker would open up more doors for her. She also used to claim that some of her ancestors were Jewish…

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