40 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets About The Making Of Working Girl

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33. Many actresses wanted the role of Tess

A number of female stars were considered to play the lead in Working Girl. Indeed, Brooke Shields and Lorraine Bracco both reportedly wanted the role very much. Nichols also considered both Madonna and especially Michelle Pfeiffer. “But we observed that if you cast someone like that, there would’ve been a line of guys at her desk trying to marry her,” Wick told The Hollywood Reporter.

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32. Photos were taken of real “working girls”

Mike Nicholls wanted his movie to be as true to life as possible. So he asked the film’s makeup and hair artist, J.Roy Helland, to go onto the Staten Island Ferry, just like the characters in the film did, and take pictures there. “[He] took hundreds of pictures of those girls: the clothes, the hair, the makeup,” Nichols told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. “It looked like kabuki to me, it was so extreme.”

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