Cursed Celeb Name Changes

Should Heidi Klum really go by Heidi Samuel? Maybe not.
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2009 10:48 AM CST
Cursed Celeb Name Changes
In this Sept. 20, 2009 file photo Heidi Klum, left, and Seal arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, USA.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

Heidi Klum is officially Heidi Samuel, taking a last name that even husband Seal doesn’t use—and it may not be a good PR move. Olivia Allin recalls other not-so-smart celebrity name changes on The Frisky:

  • Pamela Anderson: When she gained the “Lee” on the end of her name, she also gained Hepatitis C and a sex tape.

  • Robin Wright: Now that she’s finally dropped the “Penn,” she has a starring role and seems poised for a career comeback.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: She’s officially Sarah Michelle Prinze as of September—but her career downturn seemed to start before the official change, and the same goes for hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. (Can anyone say Scooby Doo?)
  • Rebecca Romijn: The former Mrs. Romijn-Stamos considered changing her name again, this time to Mrs. O’Romijn in honor of new hubby Jerry O’Connell. Thank God she didn’t, because she ended up getting her own TV show.
(Read more Heidi Klum stories.)

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