38. A lot of people passed on the film
No one seemed to think Working Girl would be a hit. When screenwriter Kevin Wade showed his agent the first draft of the script, he was told the film would never be made. Directors he approached said it could only be a TV movie. Yet Wade, along with producer Doug Wick, persisted. Eventually 20th Century Fox bought it – and the former had fired his naysaying agent by then.
37. There are two Scorsese references in the film
The cinematographer for Working Girl, Michael Ballhaus, frequently collaborated with Martin Scorsese. Therefore, two tributes to Scorsese films were snuck in there. In Katharine’s apartment part of a pool table can be seen in a mirror, a reference to The Color of Money. And a company called Raging Bull Catering is mentioned in the film – Raging Bull being another famous Scorsese film.
36. In the first draft, Katharine was a man
Lots about a movie can change between the initial draft and the finished product. Indeed, In Working Girl, Sigourney Weaver’s character was originally intended to be male. “In the first draft, the Katharine Parker character was a man. I got a call from Kevin [Wade], and he said, ‘I’ve got a great idea.’” Doug Wick told The Hollywood Reporter. “He says, [Tess] should be working for a woman.”