About the Jobs
Yes, Working Girl really did have 59 jobs. Here are a few high, and low, lights. (For a complete list, click here.)
Worked 4 p.m. to midnight in large, incredibly noisy room. Duties: Pick up envelopes. Check for addresses. Pack into boxes.
Duties: Got to read all day. Best part: The point of the job was to point out other people’s mistakes. Heaven.
Wrote & edited weekly newsletter. Subject: The quality and reliability of gas turbine engines. Important product. Boring topic.
In capacity as American citizen, attended pitch meetings for French design firm that wanted to give the appearance of an international staff. Duties: Sit there. Look American.
MOST GLAMOROUS JOB:
Worked a reception desk at Paris Air Show. Got to wear cute uniform. No responsibility. Dined nightly at finest & most expensive Paris restaurants.
JOB THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GLAMOROUS BUT WASN’T:
Hired to model at Prêt à Porter fashion show in Paris. Employer specialized in “women’s sizes.” Clothes too big. Ended up unpacking boxes and running errands.
MOST HUMILIATING JOB:
As an eighth grader, washed dishes in elementary school cafeteria. Pay: Lunch.
JOB THAT PAID THE BEST:
Earned $3,000 for five-day writing gig.
JOB THAT PAID THE WORST:
Twelve hours a day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen bucks. Breaking down to 25 cents an hour.
JOB THAT DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE:
Hand-typing letters so they’d look like “personal correspondence.” Once typed same letter 535 times.