Person American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

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List Rules List includes public figures regarded as being emblematic of America's cultural heritage or identity

American national treasures work in different fields, are of different generations, and all have different stories to tell. But all of their stories are that of America itself. Some are media moguls, others are entertainers that nobody can bring themselves to hate. A few are politicians that have enormous influence and cultural cachet, even if you completely disagree with everything they believe in. But what they have in common is that they exemplify the American spirit, can-do attitude, and our cultural heritage. They also do really great on talk shows. They're US national treasures and are loved by just about everyone.

These likable celebrities and public figures who are national treasures are the ones that, love them or hate them, can't get enough of them or totally sick of them, truly show what it means to be American. To take risks, to give back, to never give up, to be in control of their environment, and to know exactly what to say at the right time.

Here are some of the greatest national treasures the United States has to offer. If you can think of others who qualify as national treasures for the people of the USA, feel free to add them to the list!
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving success as a dramatic actor portraying several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role ...more

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Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following ...more

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Age: 73

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Billy Crystal


William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Tina Turner


Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the ...more

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Age: Died at 78 (1917-1995)

Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States of America

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Robin Williams


Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Danny DeVito


Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. is an American actor, producer and director. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He went on to become a major film star, known for his roles in films and for his ...more

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Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Henry Winkler


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Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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