Stephanie Courtney, Progressive
Stephanie Courtney was your average gone-to-Hollywood actress doing bit parts in movies and improv theatre until she it big in 2008, not on the big screen but as Flo, the happy-to-help insurance guru in commercials for Progressive.
Since then Courtney, 43, has filmed nearly 100 commercials for the insurance giant and become a household face, if not name. She told People magazine in 2009 that she doesn't often get stopped in public but she does know that people love Flo.
"I realized when people starting sending me pictures of them dressed up as Flo for Halloween," Courtney told the magazine of her character's fame, evidenced by the page on the company's website that offers tips on how to dress and talk like Flo.
"Flo's as popular as ever right now," Progressive's Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Charney, told ABCNews.com. "In fact, our research shows that she's actually gaining popularity with consumers, which is unheard of for a character who has been on the air for almost 100 commercials. We expect Flo to be around for a long time."
Outside of Progressive, Courtney is an alumni of the famed The Groundlings improv theater group and has appeared on "Mad Men."