You might not know standup comedian and actress Stephanie Courtney by name alone, but you definitely know her by her TV persona, Flo, from the Progressive Insurance ads. Courtney has been playing Flo for eight years and has gained a certain notoriety for doing so. It was a role Courtney was allowed to make her own, and she did — using her mother as inspiration. Related: Top Shots of the Week. There are even Flo-related Pinterest and Facebook pages. For Courtney, Flo is a collaboration between herself and the writers who created her. Flo is not perfect; her hair and makeup, things have slipped through the cracks. Certainly Flo has her detractors. Who knows? Read more from Yahoo Celebrity:.
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Where Progressive Flo Actress Stephanie Courtney Got Her Start
Flo is based on Courtney's mom
Take off the trademark headband and wash away a pound of makeup, and you might not recognize Flo, the super-peppy insurance cashier for Progressive. Her real name is Stephanie Courtney, a comedian and actress from Los Angeles who has taken the insurance world by storm. As Flo she was an overnight hit when Progressive introduced her in Four years later, she is one of the most recognizable characters in advertising. But did you know that you have probably seen her before? We looked behind the white name badge to find out a little more about America's favorite female insurance character. Her mother is a singer and her father is a retired high school history teacher. The school is very proud of its famous alumna and features her prominently on its admissions site.
Stephanie Courtney: Where do I know her from?
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We all know Flo from the Progressive commercials: the bright-red lipstick, the starched apron, the blue headband, and the ever-perky personality. But not many of us know anything about Stephanie Courtney, the actress who has portrayed Flo in dozens of Progressive television commercials since Here are a few interesting tidbits we've discovered about her. Courtney's first commercial was for Bud Light back in It was a Super Bowl spot, leading the actress to believe she'd finally made the big time. And I was like, I'll quit all my day jobs! And then that dried up, and then I had to call back to all my day jobs," she joked to Clevaland. Before becoming the face of Progressive, Courtney booked "about one [commercial] a year," according to an interview with The Washington Post. I figured I'm not a face that makes people want to buy Lysol. Then I auditioned for Progressive," she says.