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Jada Pinkett Smith Likes New Name

April 11, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jada Pinkett created a stir at the Golden Globe Awards by doing something women do all the time _ at least outside Hollywood.

The newlywed bride of Will Smith stunned fans, family and friends with her introduction as Jada Smith.

``I did it for Will,″ she says in the May issue of InStyle magazine. ``It was my cute little introduction to our married life. He didn’t know I was doing it. He didn’t go to the awards, so he saw it on TV.″

Onscreen, she’ll be listed as Jada Pinkett Smith. Her next film is ``Woo,″ which opens in May.

The actress with credits including ``The Nutty Professor″ and ``Set It Off″ says the celebrity marriage to one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars doesn’t intimidate her.

``I was a star before I was a star,″ she says. ``When I was growing up, Baltimore was mine _ I owned it. Everybody knew me.″

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