Fictional secretaries, real skills

Story highlights

  • It's Administrative Professionals Week, a time to appreciate all they do
  • Many prefer the term "administrative assistant" to "secretary"
  • The people who fill these rolls well are efficient, organized and discreet
  • Popular culture has seen many examples of indispensable admins

The third week in April celebrates the administrative professionals who make our lives easier. Whether you prefer the term "secretary" or "administrative assistant," history's offices are full of efficient, smart and loyal men and women, both in real life and on the silver screen. From Miss Moneypenny to Joan Holloway, these folks know how to get the job done.

What does it take to be a great administrative assistant? Information, operations and human resources management, for a start. Take a look at the gallery above to view famous clerical standouts from television and the movies.