Photos courtesy of Rosey Day
Movie stars and famous authors, top-selling musicians and painters—wow, they often get to name themselves. (Or, at least, their brand-conscious managers and smart agents do!) For the rest of us mere mortals, we are stuck with the names we are born with, or can choose to change if we deign to get hitched. However, even the best romantic union might not provide a step-up in one’s name. Case in point: Norma Jeane Baker was dubbed Marilyn Monroe, but after wedding baseball hero Joe DiMaggio and then playwright Arthur Miller, she became Norma Jeane Baker DiMaggio Miller. It’s a mouthful but definitely not an improvement over the fictional and alliterative Marilyn Monroe.