In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day we’ve compiled some of our personal favorite devoted staff members who have dedicated themselves to their profession. Whether a secretary or administrative assistant in name, our picks will do almost anything for their companies.
Some of our favorite secretaries have made it through the pitfalls of their jobs with a healthy dose of humor either for their own benefit or for the audience. On The Office Pam Halpert (Jenna Fischer) long-suffered at the front desk as secretary for Dunder Mifflin before finally becoming the Office Administrator. April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) is outwardly apathetic at the Parks & Recreation office while looking up to her office mentors, Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson. The wildcard of the bunch, Kitty Sanchez (Judy Greer) will soon be making her comeback on Arrested Development – no doubt causing headaches for the Bluth family.
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Screen secretaries have often emerged from behind their desks to be part of the greater action. On Mad Men, Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) has moved her position from head of the secretarial pool to full partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. James Bond’s, Moneypenny (now played by Naomi Harris) has earned her stripes in her most recent incarnation as a field agent before becoming secretary to M in Skyfall. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has put herself in harms way for Tony Stark/Iron Man, and in the process has moved from secretary to CEO of Stark Industries.
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The role of secretary is not only reserved for dedicated women. Some of our favorite administrative professionals have been portrayed by men who are willing to go the distance to please their bosses. On 30 Rock, Jonathan (Maulik Pancholy) was desperate for the approval of Jack Donaghy, while constantly battling it out with Liz Lemon. The Simpsons’ Waylon Smithers has all but abandoned his personal life due to his undying devotion to Montgomery Burns. The Proposal‘s Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) is willing to marry his boss, Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) to finally get out from being her assistant and getting the promotion that he has long deserved.
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