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Chances are, Robin Leach won't find many lifestyles of the rich and famous in this neighborhood, but Plantation of Carrollwood is home to a long list of big celebrity names.

You don't have to look far to find them. Property manager Tom Jones and his secretary Ginger Rogers work in the front office. They enjoy their jobs, but he doesn't sing and she doesn't dance.

"We get that question all the time," Rogers said.

Julio Iglesias lives in Plantation. So does Cindy Crawford, who doesn't live far from Robin Williams. Virginia Wolf shares a home with her mother, Janet Dailey.

Mary Hartman used to live in the subdivision, but she recently moved.

"She was a real estate agent and she had a business card with Mary Hartman reprinted all over it," Rogers said.

Of course, all of them are ordinary men and women who happen to share the same names as famous people. Iglesias drives a Toyota to his job at the Wal-Mart garden center. Wolf is a customer service representative at USAA insurance and Dailey is a retired grant specialist for the U.S. government.

What they all have in common is for the better part of their lives, they have been the subject of wisecracks and mistaken identify. They say there is rarely a dull moment when one shares a celebrity name.

"I have fun and I have trouble," Iglesias said.

The fun part is seeing people's reaction when he reveals his name. The trouble is when they really believe he is a star. During a recent trip to Spain, Iglesias said he called for a taxi, but the company sent him a stretch limousine instead.

"My suitcases have my name on them and I'm standing right there at the airport and the baggage handlers say "Look! This is Julio Iglesias' luggage!' And I say no, it's mine, and they call me a liar."

Having the same name as a world-famous romance novelist, Janet Dailey is often concerned that people might have higher expectations of her.

"They think I'm rich and they might expect me to spend more," she said.

Dailey, 63, is most often questioned by women, and it happens invariably when she either uses a credit card or writes a check. There's about 10 years' difference in her age and the writer's, but they're both brunettes.

"At a glance, people who know of her might think I'm her," Dailey said.

The famous Dailey has written about 100 romance novels, set in each of the 50 states. Last year, she fell from grace after she admitted plagiarizing passages from another romance writer's books.

The first time the not-so-famous Dailey realized her life was going to get complicated was when she went into a five-and-dime store in the 1970s and Dailey's name and copies of her books were everywhere.

"I didn't say a word," she said. "I didn't pull out a credit card or anything because I knew what would happen. It's funny in a way."

Dailey's daughter, Virginia Wolf, gained a famous name through marriage. While there was a writer named Virginia Woolf, the name is most famous for the 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor.

"Everywhere I go I get teased," Wolf said. "It's always "I'm not afraid' or "Who's afraid' or something like that. Once in a while it gets on my nerves. It depends on my mood that day."

Jones said he has never considered public bus tours, or hawking maps to celebrity homes in the Carrollwood subdivision.

But if all else fails, it could be a way to raise money.

"When I call places for business I get a lot of giggles, but it's usually all in fun," he said. "Usually it's women. They say "Are you the real Tom Jones? Are you going to sing a song?' If they ever heard me sing, that would sort things out real fast."