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also zel·ig  (zĕl′ĭg)
1. One who unconsciously mimics the traits or appearances of those with whom he or she associates.
2. One having a ubiquitous, often inconspicuous presence: "[He] is a sort of Zelig of modern politics, popping up and blending in at momentous occasions" (Alessandra Stanley).

[After Leonard Zelig, the main character of the film Zelig (1983) written and directed by Woody Allen .]
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(ˈzi lɪg, ˈzɛl ɪg)
a chameleonlike person who is unusually ubiquitous.
[fr. Leonard Zelig, main character in Zelig, 1984 film by W. Allen]
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Pairing one Allen film with one Chaplin film in each chapter, she discusses the role of the carnivalesque in The Circus and Shadows and Fog; technology and alienation in Modern Times and Sleeper; the master/slave dialectic in The Great Dictator and Zelig; murder in Monsieur Verdoux and Crimes and Misdemeanors; romance in Limelight and Manhattan; and the films' endings.
If its integrity is impaired, the functional ability of an individual to consume an adequate diet may be adversely impacted," said lead author Rena Zelig, director of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program at Rutgers School of Health Professions.
The Brooklyn based artist is signed to Mark Ronson's label Zelig Records and has been influenced by the likes of Cher, Tina Turner and Perfume Genius.
Though she never did much of anything, the princess appears in so many memoirs, a Zelig with bouffant hair sucking on a cigarette holder.
Steele may be the ultimate Zelig in this story, a character who keeps reappearing at each turn.
"I got the message but I didn't feel the urgency instantly because it was written in Korean," said Aldo Zelig Uy Tong, 30, a Filipino student at Seoul National University.
If Woody Allen were to rewrite Zelig and set the story in the art world, his inevitable first pick for the starring role would be the enigmatic Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi.
He "rebuilt" the World Trade Center for "The Walk" and crafted a "Zelig"-like series of impossible historical encounters for "Forrest Gump."
Zelig Eshhar, who recently received the Novartis Prize for Clinical Immunology
En parallele, une anthologie de mes dessins sort chez le meme editeur : [beaucoup moins que] L'enigme du mysterieux dessinateur oublie [beaucoup plus grand que] (avec Omar Zelig).
There's a hint of Woody Allen's film Zelig here, and a picaresque quality that finally tips over into darkly comic horror." TRICIA SPRINGSTUBB
Kite will collaborate with Professor Zelig Eshhar, Ph.D., the leading pioneer in CART cell research and chair of Immunology Research.