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Wigdor isn’t yet as well known as, say, the late Johnnie Cochran or the ubiquitous Gloria Allred, but his multifront legal assault on Fox News has quickly elevated him to the top tier of telegenic anti-discrimination lawyers.
Anderson is a smart and telegenic young Republican pollster.
Kennedy made his first appearance as a young Boston congressman, already defining telegenic for a still-new medium.
France secured the top spot this year, on the back of the election of the telegenic 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as president.
Los Angeles is filled with telegenic chefs, but Ludovic Lefebvre might be the restaurant scene’s equivalent of the Most Interesting Man in the World.
As this fresh run of episodes opens, Frank and Claire Underwood are locked in a heated race for re-election against the telegenic, cocky Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman) and his principled VP pick, Gen. Brockhart (Colm Feore).
France secured the top spot this year, on the back of the election of the telegenic 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as president.# Despite the ranking, America still holds an enduring allure for many around the world.
Kurz, a telegenic politician who drew big crowds at his public appearances, helped differentiate the People's Party in style and rhetoric from the Freedom Party, which has embraced xenophobic comments about migrants and Muslims.
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The History of telegenic
Telegenic, which began to appear in print in the 1930s, is essentially a compound formed out of "television" and "photogenic." "Photogenic" is also the word that caused the addition of a new sense to "-genic," namely "suitable for production or reproduction by a given medium" (as in the occasionally seen "videogenic": "The '80s were a time that created a lot of videogenic bands who weren't necessarily compelling live artists...." - Ron Shapiro, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, September 25, 1998). "Telegenic" may seem like a word that would primarily refer to people, but there is evidence for telegenic events (such as popular sports), objects, and responses. Occasionally, one even sees reference to a telegenic attitude or other intangible.
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