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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

Updated October 6, 2020 136.5k votes 14.4k voters 62.4k views568 items

List RulesOnly living figures who are still in the public eye.

America's 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.

If you can think of other broadly popular Americans who qualify as national treasures for the people of the USA, feel free to add them to the list!

  • Tom Hanks1

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  • Carol Burnett5

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  • Sally Field6

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  • Angela Lansbury7

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    BirthplaceNutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Patrick Stewart16

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  • Gloria Gaynor17

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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    BirthplaceDarrington, Washington, United States of America

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  • Billy Joel19

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    Age: 71

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • Jane Fonda21

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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Joan Baez22

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    Bill Nye

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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    BirthplaceWest Plains, Missouri, United States of America

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