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These days, Melanie Griffith may be better known as future "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson's mother than for her own celebrated acting career. Which is fitting, perhaps (since the pre-fame Griffith was once best known as "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren's daughter) but a shame, since Griffith did, for a time, shine as an A-list star on her own merits. That period of her career began, of course, with what is still her best-known role, that of Tess McGill -- the secretary who climbs the corporate ladder, outsmarts her credit-hogging boss, and even steals that boss's boyfriend -- in 1988's "Working Girl."

That comedy smash, which opened 25 years ago this week (on December 21, 1988) marked a career peak not just for Griffith, but for many others, including co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford and director Mike Nichols. Other future stars, including Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey, got early career breaks in the film. Since then, there have been a lot of ups and downs on that ladder to success for everyone in the film. Here, then, is what became of the folks behind "Working Girl."