Jewish 1940s Movie Stars Who Changed Their Name

March 11, 2014  

In the 1940s, it was obligatory for Jews in the performing arts, especially the movies, to hide their Jewishness by using non Jewish names.


 Ella  Geisman became June Allyson;

File:June Allyson in High Barbaree trailer 2.jpg

Bette Perske, Lauren Bacall;

Bernie Schwartz, Tony Curtis;



Issur Danielovich, Kirk Douglas;

Kirk Douglas

Frances Rose Schorr, Dinah Shore;



Marion Levy, Paulette Goddard;

Paulette Goddard

Muni Weissenkopf, Paul Muni;

Julie Garfinkel, John Garfield;

Benny Kubelsky, Jack Benny;

Asa Yoelson, Al Jolson;

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Charles Bushinsky, Charles Bronson;

Sara Gabor, Zsa Zsa Gabor;

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Archibald Leach, Cary Grant;

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Chaim Liebovitz, Lorne Green;

David Kaminsky, Danny Kaye;

Dorothy Kaumeyer, Dorothy Lamour;

Mike Orowitz, Michael Landon;

Joseph Levitch, Jerry Lewis;

Leonard Rosenberg, Tony Randall;

Tula Finklea, Cyd Charisse, etc., etc.

The easiest name transition of all, from Jew to Irishman, was made by

 Lee Jacob, to Lee J. Cobb.

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  1. IsraeliGirl143 says:

    Aw that’s sad they had to change their names to sound non-Jewish 🙁 They all look so classy though, I love that men and women portrayed themselves as classy instead of todays celebrities who portray themselves as trashy.

  2. Joe says:

    Agree with IsrealGirl143 comment.

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