Women Who've Kept Their First Husband's Surname As Their Professional Name

by tonytv | created - 16 Nov 2012 | updated - 27 Feb 2019 | Public

1. Susan Sarandon

Actress | Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to homemaker Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian descent on her mother's side and English, Irish, Welsh, and German on her father's.

After the 1968 Democratic convention ...

2. Demi Moore

Actress | G.I. Jane

Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father Charles Harmon left her mother Virginia King before Demi was born. Her stepfather Danny Guynes didn't add much stability to her life either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on ...

3. Jane Wyman

Actress | Falcon Crest

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help ...

4. Suzanne Somers

Actress | Three's Company

Suzanne Somers is the third of four children born to Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father worked loading beer onto boxcars, and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was ...

5. Jane Alexander

Actress | Kramer vs. Kramer

Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in ...

6. Raquel Welch

Actress | The Three Musketeers

A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C. (1966), if nothing else, ...

7. Phylicia Rashad

Actress | The Cosby Show

Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas to African-American parents Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Phylicia, her older brother Andrew (called Tex), and younger sister, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico. She ...

8. Mary Hart

Actress | Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Mary Hart was born on November 8, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA as Mary Johanna Harum. She is an actress and producer, known for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), The Great Buck Howard (2008) and Swing Vote (2008). She has been married to Burt Sugarman since April 8, 1989. They have one ...

9. Brenda Blethyn

Actress | Pride & Prejudice

After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.

Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...

10. Cheryl Ladd

Actress | Poison Ivy

Cheryl Ladd was born on July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota, USA as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor. She is an actress, known for Poison Ivy (1992), Millennium (1989) and Charlie's Angels (1976). She has been married to Brian Russell since January 3, 1981. She was previously married to David Ladd.

11. Tina Turner

Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina ...

12. Debrah Farentino

Actress | Eureka

Debrah Farentino was born on September 30, 1959 in Lucas Valley, California, USA as Deborah Anne Mullowney. She is an actress and producer, known for Eureka (2006), Capitol (1982) and Equal Justice (1990). She was previously married to Gregory Hoblit, Tony Adams, James Farentino and Scott Staples.

13. Priscilla Presley

Actress | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Priscilla Presley's stepfather was an Air Force officer stationed in West Germany when as a teenager she met Elvis Presley in 1959, then four years into his meteoric career in rock and roll and serving with the U.S. Armed Forces. After an eight year courtship, she married him on 1 May 1967. As ...

14. Joanna Kerns

Actress | Knocked Up

Joanna Kerns was born on February 12, 1953 in San Francisco, California, USA as Joanne Crussie DeVarona. She is an actress and director, known for Knocked Up (2007), Growing Pains (1985) and Girl, Interrupted (1999). She has been married to Marc Appleton since September 30, 1994. She was previously...

15. Stella Stevens

Actress | The Poseidon Adventure

A native of Hot Coffee, Mississippi. While attending Memphis State College, Stella became interested in acting and modeling. Her film debut was a bit part in Say One for Me (1959), but her appearance in Li'l Abner (1959) as Appassionata Von Climax is the one that got her noticed. Then her ...

16. Mary Beth Hurt

Actress | Lady in the Water

Mary Beth Hurt was born on September 26, 1946 in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA as Mary Beth Supinger. She is an actress, known for Lady in the Water (2006), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) and The Age of Innocence (1993). She has been married to Paul Schrader since August 6, 1983. They have two ...

17. Marj Dusay

Actress | All My Children

Marj Dusay was born on February 20, 1936 in Hays, Kansas, USA as Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney. She was an actress, known for All My Children (1970), Guiding Light (1952) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). She was married to Thomas Perine and John Murray Dusay. She died on January 28, 2020...

18. Beverlee McKinsey

Actress | Another World

Beverlee McKinsey was born on August 9, 1935 in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA as Beverlee Magruder. She was an actress, known for Another World (1964), Guiding Light (1952) and Texas (1980). She was married to Berkeley Harris, Angus Duncan and Mark Howard McKinsey Jr. She died on May 2, 2008 in Los ...

19. Michelle Phillips

Actress | Knots Landing

Michelle Phillips first became known as a member of the pop group The Mamas and the Papas. She sang the Mamas and Papas song "Dedicated To The One I Love" on a March 1987 episode of Knots Landing (1979) in her role as Anne Matheson. She is the mother of singer Chynna Phillips and ex-stepmother of ...

20. Joy Behar

Actress | Ice Age: Continental Drift

Joy Behar was born on October 7, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Josephina Victoria Occhiuto. She is an actress and writer, known for Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Hall Pass (2011) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). She has been married to Steve Janowitz since August 11, 2011. She was ...

21. Faith Hill

Actress | The Stepford Wives

Faith Hill was born on September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Audrey Faith Perry. She is a producer, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Practical Magic (1998). She has been married to Tim McGraw since October 6, 1996. They have three children. She was ...

22. Barbara Niven

Actress | Chesapeake Shores

Barbara Niven was born on February 26, 1953 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Barbara Lee Bucholz. She is an actress and producer, known for Chesapeake Shores (2016), A Perfect Ending (2012) and The Rat Pack (1998).

23. Kristina Wagner

Actress | General Hospital

Jack Wagner and Kristina flew to Lake Tahoe on a Lear jet that Jack had rented. On December 18, 1993, the long anticipated wedding finally took place. Children: Peter Wagner (9/4/90) & Harrison Wagner (12/1/94). Siblings: 2 older brothers: Dan (5 years older), Joe (3 years older)! TV: General ...

24. Hunter Tylo

Actress | Longshot

Born Deborah Jo Hunter in Fort Worth, the native Texan is an accomplished equestrian with a degree in pre-med from Fordham University in New York. She was a top fashion model in the seventies and eighties, and began her acting career in Dallas, Texas doing plays such as "Vanities", "The ...

25. Lindsay Hartley

Actress | Passions

Lindsay Hartley is an American actress and singer.

She was born Lindsay Nicole Korman in Palm Springs, California, and is of Russian Jewish, as well as Greek and Italian, descent. Singing since age eleven, Hartley was a national pre-teen talent winner of the Young Miss America Beauty Pageant. At the...

26. Nancy O'Dell

Actress | Scream 3

Nancy O'Dell began her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She later worked as morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV. While in Charleston, O'Dell's reports on the lenient police approach to DUI cases led to a State Law Enforcement ...

27. Kris Jenner

Actress | The Mindy Project

Kris Jenner was born on November 5, 1955 in San Diego, California, USA as Kristen Mary Houghton. She is a producer and actress, known for The Mindy Project (2012), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007) and Kirby Jenner. She was previously married to Caitlyn Jenner and Robert Kardashian.

28. Pat Benatar

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Pat Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn and raised in suburban Lindenhurst, Long Island. Her mother Millie had sacrificed her own career as an opera singer to bring up Pat and son Andrew. Years later, it was Pat who sang classically, honing the powers of her 4.5-octave voice as a ...

29. Hilda Simms

Actress | The Joe Louis Story

Hilda Simms was born Hilda Moses in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of nine children. Prior to becoming an actress, Hilda planned to enter the teaching profession. Hilda and enrolled at the University of Minnesota and engaged in her studies until lack of funds forced her abandon them. She relocated to ...

30. Angie Dickinson

Actress | Rio Bravo

Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, in 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December of 1946, when she was a senior at ...

31. Margaret Trudeau

Actress | Kings and Desperate Men

Margaret Trudeau was born on September 10, 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Margaret Joan Sinclair. She is an actress, known for Kings and Desperate Men (1981), L'ange gardien (1978) and WGN Morning News (1994). She was previously married to Fried Kemper and Pierre Trudeau.

32. Julia Barr

Actress | All My Children

Julia Barr is an American actress, most famously for her role playing Brooke English on the soap opera, All My Children. She played the role for over 30 years, first debuting as Brooke in 1976 and exiting the show in 2006. Barr made special appearances as Brooke, reprising her role in both 2010 and...

33. Sandra Dickinson

Actress | Supergirl

Sandra Dickinson was born on October 20, 1948 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is known for her work on Supergirl (1984), Superman III (1983) and Ready Player One (2018). She has been married to Mark Osmond since August 16, 2009. She was previously married to Peter Davison and Hugh ...



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