Famous American Biographers

Find out more about the greatest American Biographers, including Washington Irving, David McCullough, Ida Tarbell, Robert Osborne and Garry Wills.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Patty Duke

Patty Duke.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 29, 2016

 2 Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Montana, U.S

 3 Dorothy Bush Koch

Dorothy Bush Koch.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harris County, Texas

 4 Paul Feig

Paul Feig.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA

 5 Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

 6 Lee Israel

Lee Israel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 24, 2014

 7 Karrine Steffans

Karrine Steffans
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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 8 Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 9 Sumner Redstone

Sumner Redstone
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 11, 2020

 10 Washington Irving

Washington Irwing.
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Famous As: Author, Historian, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 3, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 28, 1859

 11 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 12 Julie Adams

Julie Adams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, USA

 13 Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley
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Famous As: Radio personality, Biographer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arizona

 14 Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Biographer, Film actor, Historian, Journalist, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: May 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colfax
Died: March 6, 2017

 15 Richard Donner

Richard Donner
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 16 Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Daly City, California, United States

 17 Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chattanooga

 18 Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2009

 19 Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Homestead, Florida, United States

 20 Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Journalist, Biographer
Birthdate: March 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

 21 Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: August 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

 22 Frank Zane

Frank Zane
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: June 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA

 23 David McCullough

David McCullough.
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Famous As: Author, Historian
Birthdate: July 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 24 Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson
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Famous As: Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: October 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit

 25 James Meredith

James Meredith
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

 26 Christopher Lawford

Christopher Lawford
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: September 4, 2018

 27 Ann Rule

Ann Rule
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lowell, Michigan, USA
Died: July 26, 2015

 28 Jensen Karp

Jensen Karp
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: America

 29 John Eisenhower

John Eisenhower
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Famous As: Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer, Biographer
Birthdate: August 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denver
Died: December 21, 2013

 30 Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana,

 31 David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: May 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, USA
Died: April 27, 2011

 32 Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg.
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Famous As: Writer & Editor
Birthdate: January 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22, 1967

 33 Essie Mae Washington-Williams

Essie Mae Washington-Williams
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina, USA
Died: February 4, 2013

 34 Barbara Barrie

Barbara Barrie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 35 Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, United States

 36 Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: March 16, 2003

 37 Robert Caro

Robert Caro
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.

 38 Michael Chaplin

Michael Chaplin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 39 Cathy O'Brien

Cathy O'Brien
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States

 40 Rona Barrett

Rona Barrett
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 41 Henry Adams

Henry Adams.
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: March 27, 1918

 42 Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty
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Famous As: Funeral director
Birthdate: August 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: O Ľahu, Hawaii, USA

 43 Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 17, 1948

 44 Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami
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Famous As: Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Radhanath Swami is an American activist, author, community-builder, and spiritual teacher. He is credited with inspiring ISKCON's free midday meal program, which benefits more than a million school kids across India. He also played a major role in establishing the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in India. He is much revered among ISKCON devotees for his immense contribution as a spiritual teacher.

 45 John Lahr

John Lahr
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Famous As: Biographer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 46 Charles Francis Adams Sr.

Charles Francis Adams Sr.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 18, 1807
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 21, 1886

 47 Garry Wills

Garry Wills
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Famous As: Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: May 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta

 48 Randy Shilts

Randy Shilts
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: February 17, 1994

 49 Ken Murray

Ken Murray
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 12, 1988

 50 William Manchester

William Manchester
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 1, 2004