Friday, April 12, 2024

Billie Eilish Used Her Real Last Name, O’Connell, For Her Golden Globe Win


Here’s a little trivia from Billie Eilish’s win for Best Song in a Motion Picture last night the Globes.

For her nomination, spoken out loud and on the chyron, she went by her full name, Billie Eilish O’Connell. In the past she’s just used her mother’s maiden name, Eilish.

Does it mean anything? I’ll leave it to Billie experts to tell me. I just thought it was interesting that the 22 year old pop phenom has updated her moniker. Her father, Patrick O’Connell, was a soap actor in NY in the 1990s, then went on to a few prime time roles. He and wife Maggie Baird –also on soaps — must be very proud of Billie and brother Finneas.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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