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 
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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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Age: 59

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

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Aretha Franklin 
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Aretha Franklin


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 
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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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Maya Angelou 
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Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Annie Leibovitz 
    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures
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Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer. ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

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Bob Dylan 
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Bob Dylan


Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

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Stan Lee 
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Stan Lee


Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, ...more

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Age: 93

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

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Tina Turner 
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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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