This is Louis Botto opening his trunk again and finding some strange names in it.
At the Winter Garden in The Passing Show of 1924, the actress playing "A Beaded Bag" and "Miss Labor Day" (who's pregnant) is listed as Lucille Le Sueur. When she went to Hollywood, she became none other than Joan Crawford...Also at the Winter Garden in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 , there's a Brice Hutchins who sings "I Like the Likes of You." When he went to Hollywood, he became Robert Cummings.
In 1930s Playbills, you'll spot Archibald Alexander Leach. Later, he was Cary Grant...Eve Arden was originally Eunice Quedens; Ellen Burstyn was first Edna Ray Gilooly, then Ellen McRae; Fred Astaire was originally Fredrick Austerlitz; Ginger Rogers was Virginia Katharine McMath, and Clifton Webb was first known as Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck.
And if you saw The Caine Mutiny Court Martial in 1954 you would have seen Jim Bumgarner as a jury member with no lines to say. Who he? In Hollywood, he became James Garner.
Did any stage star keep an original name? Yes -- MARIA OUSPENSKAYA! This is Lafcadio Brundage signing off.
-- By Louis Botto