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'Big Love' Star Identity Crisis

I'm Changing My Name!

3/18/2011 4:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Big Love" star Ginnifer Goodwin -- whose REAL first name is actually spelled "Jennifer" -- wants to make her stage name official ... and she just filed papers with an L.A. court to make it happen.

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The actress filed the docs yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court -- requesting that a judge legally change her name from "Jennifer" to her professional name, stat ... but she'll have to wait a couple more months before it's official.

When it comes down to it, she's a real G.

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