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The Kinder, Gentler Stars: Hollywood’s Nicest Celebrities

Don’t let the latest onslaught of celebrity gossip fool you; they’re not all Christian Bales and Sean Penns. Some celebrities have managed to make names for themselves rising above the fray of their elite status, making time for everyone, from the loyal fan to the restaurant waiter.

Hugh Jackman

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He acts! He sings! He dances! This renaissance entertainer blew away his naysayers with his well-lauded Oscar hosting duties, and he did it without ever losing class. He’s rarely found without that charismatic smile, even when stalked by his most rabid admirers. That usually includes the fanboy/fangirl crowd, thanks to his role as X-Men’s Wolverine. If Jackman can please the comic fans with his humbleness, he can please anyone.

George Clooney

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Whether you want to befriend him or bed him (or both), the Money Monster star is said to be the kind of guy that makes you think either is possible. A lot of actors who fall into "cool guy" territory are known to get dangerously close to "jerk guy" territory. Not Clooney though—the star is known for being a class act.

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Jay Leno

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Say what you will about the man’s comedy and talk show skills, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says the Jay Leno's Garage host isn’t a genuinely nice person. Leno consistently makes Autograph Magazine’s Top 10 Signers list and he recently announced that he would be throwing a free comedy night in Detroit for anyone who’s suffered an economic blow as a result of the worsening economy. It’s that kind of selfless attitude that earns Leno a spot on our list.

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Oprah Winfrey

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She’s topped the most generous celebrity list for years through her charity contributions, and her generosity toward her audience has set a standard for every other talk show host worth her salt. And just when you thought the self-help and cookbook author couldn’t give any more, she figured out a way to have others do it for her via her ABC show Oprah’s Big Give. Her philanthropy knows no bounds, putting Winfrey head and shoulders above her celebrity brethren and sistren in terms of kindness.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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She’s essentially Carrie Bradshaw without the bedpost notches. Fun, stylish (have you seen her shoe line and Gap collection?), and incredibly endearing, Parker has long been adored by everyone for simply being herself. She’s the actress on set who takes extra steps to make sure no one is put out, as evidenced by stories from the Sex and the City shoot. She’s seen as affable without being phony, making her accessible to fans and preserving her sweetheart image

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Tom Hanks

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They say he’s eased up on the autograph-signing front these days, but Hanks, who recently added author to his credits, is generally considered among Hollywood’s top good guys. He’s a dedicated husband (to actress Rita Wilson) and he doesn’t have an air about him that many actors possess.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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She’s the woman you can envision among your group of friends. Down to earth, hilariously self-deprecating, and cool to fans, DeGeneres, who has a Walmart clothing collection celebrating love and inclusivity, has nailed the art of connecting with people on and off camera. Plus, she’s open about who she is and isn’t afraid to put herself out there, making her the real deal.

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Barack Obama

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Sure, he was Leader of the Free World, but he’s also a bonafide superstar who showed he was as comfortable on a basketball court as he was on the national stage. And what other celebrity can claim the covers of TimeEntertainment Weekly, and the Amazing Spider-Man? Obama proved he can hobnob comfortably with his constituents as well as possess the patience to sign autographs for fellow politicians following a congressional speech. No doubt, our former president is indeed celebrity royalty sans the attitude.

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