In honor of those who make the workplace run smoothly, we’ve gathered some of the most memorable office pros from pop culture. Many of them are tough, some of them have inappropriate or questionable relationships with their bosses, but all of them make the workplace memorable. Take a look at the office pros who make work intertesting. Next
James Bond films
Played by: Various actresses—notably Lois Maxwell (pictured)
In 007 canon, Moneypenny is the secretary to M, super-spy James Bond’s boss. She appears in nearly every Bond movie, usually to shamelessly flirt with Bond. Moneypenny did not get much development in the films until “Skyfall” in 2012 when it was revealed she has a background as a field agent and is possibly as dangerous as Bond himself.
While she and Bond never had a relationship (to her dismay), there is probably no one who understands him better.
“Flattery will get you nowhere—but don’t stop trying.” Next
The Devil Wears Prada
Played by: Emily Blunt
In “The Devil Wears Prada,” Emily Blunt (left) nearly stole the show as Emily Charlton, the superficial senior assistant to tyrannical magazine editor Miranda Priestly, who delights in bullying the new hire Andrea “Andy” Sachs (Anne Hathaway). She tolerates her boss’s meanness because she wants to accompany her to Fall Fashion Week in Paris. But when Andy starts to outshine her at the office her dreams are put on ice.
“See, I’m on this new diet. Well, I don’t eat anything. And right before I feel I’m going to faint, I eat a cube of cheese. I’m one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” Next
Parks and Recreation
Played by: Aubrey Plaza
The anti-social April Ludgate (center) began her career in the Pawnee Parks Department as an intern, eventually getting promoted to assistant to the department’s equally anti-social director Ron Swanson. How did she land the job? Promising to scare away anyone who wanted a meeting. April has a morbid sense of humor and has no problem using a fake death or a false identity to get out of doing her job.
Citizen: I thought I was having this meeting with Ron Swanson.
April: I’m afraid that Ron Swanson’s currently dead.
April: I’m his daughter, April Swanson. And it’s his last wish that I have this meeting with you.
Played by: Sufe Bradshaw
Sue Wilson is the straight-talking personal assistant to Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO’s “Veep.” She manages the Vice President’s schedule and acts as the office “gatekeeper.” Fueling Sue’s tough-as-nails persona is the belief that she is almost as powerful as her boss.
“The Vice President is the second most important person in the world. I arrange for you to see her. So, in my eyes, that makes me the third most important person in the world. So you better be nice to me.”
Played by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
There is no “sex” in secretary. But if there was, a lot of the credit would have to go to Lee Holloway from the 2002 film “Secretary.” In the movie, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a young girl recently released from a mental institution who finds a job as an assistant in a law firm and begins a bizarre sadomasochistic relationship with her boss (James Spader). Sounds like that office desperately needs a seminar on appropriate workplace behaviors.
“I’m your secretary. ” Next
Played by: Sarah Rafferty
The extremely perceptive Donna on USA Network’s “Suits” has a razor sharp mind and a wit as quick as a Wild West gunslinger. She is the personal assistant to Harvey Specter, senior partner at Pearson Specter, and is quite confident that she knows everything that goes on at the firm. She is armed to the teeth with insider knowledge which helps her and her allies out in a pinch.
“I’m sorry I don’t have a photographic memory, but my brain is already busy being awesome.” Next
Rules of Engagement
Played by: Adhir Kalyan
Timmy Patel is the over-educated, over-qualified assistant to the sleazy Russell Dunbar (David Spade) on CBS’s “Rules of Engagement.” While he holds an MBA and speaks several languages fluently, Timmy is usually ordered to perform trivial and often demeaning tasks for his boss. He is polite to a fault but quick with the verbal jabs. He gets a special place in our hearts for being a Bruins fan.
Russell: Hey! Timmy! I got a little invite to a shindig in the Hamptons tomorrow, be ready to leave at noon and don’t wear that jacket that makes you look like a terrorist.
Timmy: Both personally hurtful and politically incorrect sir, well done.
Played by: Judy Greer
Kitty Sanchez is the loyal assistant and mistress of the crooked George Bluth of the Bluth Company on “Arrested Development.” Before her boss’s arrest, Kitty was privy to many of the company’s wrongdoings, including acts of “light treason.” She became a major thorn in the side of hapless Michael Bluth when she got ahold of incriminating evidence that she threatened to share with the SEC.
“Wow, you get really girly after, huh?” Next
Played by: Jenna Fischer
Pam Beesly was the shy receptionist at Dunder Mifflin who eventually worked in sales and then as office administrator. Pam has a lot to juggle at Dunder Mifflin, including a high-maintenance boss with little to no social awareness, co-workers who ranged from rude to crazy, and a romance with salesman Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) whom she eventually marries. Pam has a passion for the arts and often goes out of her way to help others.
“You know what they say about a car wreck where it’s so awful you can’t look away? The Dundies [Dunder Mifflin’s award show] are like a car wreck that you want to look away, but you have to stare at it because your boss is making you.” Next
Played by: Maulik Pancholy
Jonathan is the infatuated assistant to Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He admires his boss to a fault, sometimes indicating that he does not think he is worthy of his idol’s company or praise and displays jealousy towards Liz Lemon, who enjoys a much closer relationship to Jack.
“[Jack’s] the best gift giver in the world. I tried once. I bought him a $95 bottle of olive oil. In return, he got my sister out of a North Korean jail.”
Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway
Played by: Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks
These very different administrative officials are the backbone of the Sterling Cooper ad agency on “Mad Men,” but Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway (later Harris) have a unique and somewhat tense relationship. Peggy started her career as assistant to Don Draper, but eventually becomes a copywriter with her own office. Meanwhile, Joan has a long-term relationship with her boss, but eventually moves up from office manager to full partner.
Peggy: Am I the only one who can work and drink at the same time? (Season 5, Episode 9, “Dark Shadows”)
Joan: Men don’t take the time to end things. They ignore you until you insist on a declaration of hate. (Season 5, Episode 7, “At the Codfish Ball”) Next
Nine to Five
Played by: Dolly Parton
If you think the sexism on “Mad Men” is bad, take another look at the 1980 comedy “Nine to Five” which can make that show look like a walk in the park. Dolly Parton plays Doralee Rhodes, the busty secretary to grade-A slimeball Franklin Hart, Jr. Her boss sexually harasses her but she rejects his advances, so in retaliation he spreads rumors that they are having an affair. After learning this, she and her fellow co-workers (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) plot to turn the tables on the man who makes their lives miserable.
“If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I’m gonna get that gun of mine, and I’m gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! And don’t think I can’t do it.”
WKRP in Cincinnati
Played by: Loni Anderson
Jennifer Marlowe was the bombshell receptionist at struggling radio station WKRP. One of the reasons the station was in trouble might have been due to the fact that Jennifer is the highest-paid employee, despite the fact that she does not take dictation, type, and never makes coffee or delivers it to the staff. Don’t let looks fool you, though. Jennifer is far from a dumb blonde – instead she is very shrewd, eloquent, and effective at protecting her boss.
“I am a receptionist. Receptionists receive. They offer comfort, provide support, answer a few telephone calls. But they do not type, unless it’s for a very good cause.”
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