35. Amy Aquino wasn’t used to movies
Amy Aquino was a stage actress primarily when she was cast in Working Girl as Tess’ secretary and didn’t even know where the mic was. “My instinct was to project like crazy, thinking that because the camera was back there, they’d never hear me,” she said. But even though that was wrong, Nichols was nice to her. “He could have made fun of me, but he didn’t at all.”
34. The Carly Simon opening almost didn’t happen
The opening scene of the movie features the song “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon. She had been partly inspired to write it after reading Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, and she thought it was guaranteed to appear in the movie. But she had to compete with Nichols’ other choice, the Eagles’ “Witchy Woman.” She cried when she heard that was the case – but her song got featured after all.