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American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

Updated October 6, 2020 140.8k votes 14.2k voters 60.5k views595 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!

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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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    Tom Hanks

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

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    Betty White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more on Wikipedia
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    Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Sevierville

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceArkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

    James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more... more on Wikipedia

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    Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplacePortland, Maine, United States of America

    Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction,... more on Wikipedia

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    Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress and director. She is the... more on Wikipedia

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    Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplacePoplar, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury (born October 16, 1925) is a British-American-Irish actress who... more on Wikipedia

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    Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceCoraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sylvester Enzio Stallone (; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey, USA

    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Black Mountain

    Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born February 10, 1937) is an American singer. She is known for her... more on Wikipedia

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceNutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized... more on Wikipedia

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    Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1947) is an American singer, best known for the disco era... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Judge Judy Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    Bob Barker

    Age: 96

    BirthplaceDarrington, Washington, United States of America

    Robert William Barker (born December 12, 1923) is a retired American television game show... more on Wikipedia

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    Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    Jane Fonda

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist and... more on Wikipedia

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    Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceMirfield, United Kingdom

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    Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceHuron, South Dakota, United States of America

    Cheryl Ladd (born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor; July 12, 1951) is an American actress, singer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Larry King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    Larry King

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933) is an American television and... more on Wikipedia

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    Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    Bill Nye

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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    Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    BirthplaceHayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

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    Paul Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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    Paul Walker

    Dec. at 40 (1973-2013)

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

    Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor, social... more on Wikipedia

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