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Very much from the practical point of view, a stage name simply may be too long for billing. A shorter rather than a longer name is always more memorable; and a shortened name is often an improved one.
Gracie Fields (1898–1979) took a name much more melodious and pleasantly evocative than her real name of Grace Stansfield.
Room, A. (1981), ‘Names for a Living’, Naming Names, p.14
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