13 Famous Ladies Who Changed Their Names After Getting Married

14 Famous Ladies Who Changed Their Names After Getting Married

I’ve always been shocked by the statistic that 93 percent of American women take their husband’s last name. But there’s one group that’s overly represented in the seven percent who don’t—celebrities. It makes sense because, once you get to the point where you’re famous, your name is a brand. It’s the way people have, and most likely will continue to, see you. Changing it is just confusing. After all, what would we make of Reese Toth? Or Drew Kopelman? 

That’s why it comes as sort of surprise that Lily Allen, who has released two albums that went Gold in the U.S. and triple platinum in the UK, has not only legally changed her name following her marriage to Sam Cooper, but professionally as well. Should she ever release a third record (please, Lily, won’t you?), it’ll be under the name Lily Rose Cooper. When your name is integral to your brand as an entertainer, a move like this mid-career seems risky to me. I mean, I really don’t think I’ll be changing my professional name to Amelia Gosling, you know? [Rolling Stone]

Anyway, keep clicking for other stars who changed their names post-marriage.

Rosamund Pike Goes After Bad Boy Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen gets to have his moment in a hotel room with hookers and becomes cool, getting kudos from it. If that was a girl she’d be considered a dirty little slapper [a whore] and pounded out of town. Girls have to be so nice. A girl can’t even say something vaguely confrontational in an interview, it’s all about sweetness. It makes everything so insipid.”

— Ex-”Bond” girl and more recent “Made In Dagenham” star Rosamund Pike does not sound the least bit “insipid” speaking out on Hollywood’s double standards. [Contact Music] Keep reading »

Snooki To Ring In The New Year … In A Dropping Hamster Ball

MTV has found its magic ingredient to stay relevant in a post music video world—”Jersey Shore.” And thus, the cast of the addictively sleazy show will be front and center at 2010′s MTV New Year’s Eve Bash. The special has lined up a series of “Shore” stunts to get viewers tuning in. The biggest and most outlandish of which has to be the plan to put Snooki in her own ball and have her drop along with Times Square’s legendary orb to ring in the New Year, hamster-style. The rest of the “Shore” slummers have been assigned the task of turning the NYC crowd into a massive fist-pumping mosh pit in hopes of breaking a Guinness World Record. For what? I’m not sure. Largest public exhibition of douchebaggery, perhaps? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

News You Can Use: The 10 Hottest News Anchors And Reporters

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We were excited to hear of CNN anchor TJ Holmes’ possible promotion to CNN’s “American Morning” show. Holmes, who is incredibly good-looking (obvs), is currently one of the network’s weekend anchors. [Full disclosure: TJ has interviewed me a number of times and is totes gracious. -- Editor]

But Holmes isn’t the only super hot news guys. After the jump, nine more anchors and reporters who make us want to watch the news. And tell us if we’ve forgotten your favorite anchor in the comments!

Quickies: Aretha Franklin Might Have Cancer & Sweden Will Be A “Tough Climate” For Julian Assange

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New Ford Focus Will Use Recycled Jeans For Interior Furnishings

Do you ever wonder about clothing you give away to the Goodwill? Who will wear it next? Or will it just get trashed? It would be cool to think that in your next drop-off, your blue jeans get recycled by becoming part of a car. That may sound weird, but Ford is apparently releasing a new version of its Focus model, which will use recycled denim to outfit the interior. Reports Forbes: “Each new Ford Focus will have roughly two pairs of average-sized American jeans in it. The recycled blue jeans will be used as both sound absorption material and carpet backing.” But apparently this isn’t the company’s first experience dealing with recycling and eco-friendly materials. It has already been using recycled resin and yarn for seat covers and other furnishings. We suppose making a big deal about this could be more about trying to get good press and seducing the growing class of customers looking for eco-friendly things to show off, but it still seems like a resourceful way to go. [Forbes via Good] Keep reading »

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