Who Is Stephanie Courtney?
Stephanie Courtney is an actress and comedian who’s best known for playing the fictional insurance salesperson for Progressive Insurance, where she has appeared in over 100 advertisements for the company since 2008. The character has garnered millions of social media fans and is considered one of the most iconic insurance advertising mascots of all time.
Besides appearing in television and radio commercials for Progressive Insurance, Stephanie Courtney has also had a highly successful film and television career. She’s most famous for her recurring roles on a number of television series, including Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004 – 06), the drama Mad Men (2007), and the ABC comedy series Cavemen (2007). Courtney’s other major television roles include appearances in season 2 premiere of Men of a Certain Age as well as in the 2013 television series The Goldbergs.
|Full Name:||Stephanie Courtney|
|Popular Name:||Stephanie Courtney|
|Birth Date:||February 8, 1970|
|Parents:||Bill Courtney and Jane Courtney|
|Siblings:||2, including actress Jennifer Courtney|
|Birth Place:||Stony Point, New York|
|Education:||North Rockland High School, Binghamton University, The Groundlings, and Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre|
|Net Worth:||USD 6 million (as of March 1, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||Acting, Comedy, Endorsement Deals, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 8″ (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||78 kg; In pounds: 172 lbs.|
Stephanie Courtney was born on February 8, 1970, in Stony Point, New York, to Bill Courtney and Jane Courtney. Her father was a high school teacher, whereas her mother was a singer. Courtney attended North Rockland High School and later, Binghamton University, where she graduated in 1992 with an English degree.
Stephanie Courtney took part in theater while she was in college, and is known for playing Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. However, her passions for acting and comedy go way back. The actress has been quoted in numerous interviews as saying that growing up, she always knew she was destined for a career in the entertainment industry.
After graduating from college, Stephanie Courtney moved to New York City to pursue her acting and comic ambitions further. While in New York, Courtney split her time between studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and working part-time as a secretary for Smith Barney Chairman Robert F. Greenhill.
Courtney later moved to Los Angeles and roomed with her sister and now-actress, Jennifer Courtney. While in LA, Stephanie and Jennifer wrote and performed the sketch comedy ‘Those Courtney Girls,’ as well as the ‘Aspen Comedy Festival.’ Stephanie later joined the sketch-comedy training group, ‘The Groundlings.’ In 2004, Courtney became one of the members of The Groundlings’ 30-person main company.
Stephanie Courtney made her television debut in 1998 as a waitress in an episode of the television show Mr. Show with Bob and David, titled “Eat Rotten Fruit from a Shitty Tree.” The same year, she appeared as Kate in the short film Sweet Bird of You.
In 2000, Courtney appeared in an episode of the TV series Tenacious D, titled “The Fan.” She continued appearing in a variety of films over the next couple of years. Some of the movies she appeared in include Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), For Your Consideration, (2006), Blades of Glory (2007), The Brothers Solomon (2007), and The Heartbreak Kid (2007). Over the same period, Courtney appeared in a series of television shows, such as Angel (2001), Everybody Loves Raymond (2002), The Man Show (2003), Significant Others (2004), and Without a Trace (2004).
Stephanie Courtney eventually landed her major breakout role after she voiced Joy Peters and Renee the Receptionist in the Adult Swim comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004–06). She was propelled further onto the limelight following a series of insurance commercials by Progressive Insurance, depicting her as ‘Flo.’ In these advertisements, ‘Flo’ is portrayed as a plain-looking insurance saleslady who mostly appears in a white polo shirt. Flo has become one of the most iconic characters in advertising.
While lending her character to Progressive Insurance advertisements, Stephanie Courtney has continued to appear in numerous other films and television series, including:
• ER (2005, TV series)
• The Comeback (2005, TV series)
• Celebrity Deathmatch (2007, TV series)
• Mad Men (2007, TV series)
• Cavemen (2007 – 2008, TV series)
• United States of Tara (2009, TV series)
• Fred: The Movie (2010, film)
• Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (2010, film)
• House (2010, TV series)
• Men of a Certain Age (2010, TV series)
• 2 Broke Girls (2014, TV series)
• Girlfriend’s Day (2017, film)
• The Goldbergs (2018 – 2020, TV series)
• Green Eggs and Ham (2019; TV series, as a voce actor)
Stephanie Courtney’s Net Worth
As of March 1, 2021, Stephanie Courtney had a net worth of $6 million. Courtney’s wealth comes from her decorated film and television career.
In addition to movie and television appearances, Stephanie Courtney has also earned a big portion of her wealth from her lookalike character, Flo. She reportedly earns $1 million every year from Progressive Insurance for playing the ‘Flo’ character, exclusive of earnings for being the brand’s spokesperson.
Besides Progressive Insurance, Courtney also makes millions from endorsing numerous other brands. Some of the companies that she has endorsed include General Mills cereal, Skittles, and Wienerschnitzel.
Lessons from Stephanie Courtney
1. Find your ambitions and pursue them diligently
Stephanie Courtney has claimed in numerous interviews that she always knew she was destined for a career in the entertainment industry. That might explain why she earnestly embarked on her acting career immediately after graduating from college.
2. Nothing worth having comes on a silver platter
As a budding actress and comedian, Courtney worked numerous odd jobs to support herself, including working as a caterer. She also auditioned consistently until she was eventually discovered.
3. Accept your current situation, then work towards improving it
Stephanie Courtney claimed that she was a switchboard operator in season one of ‘Mad Men,’ and that being the oldest, it made her bitter. However, she constantly worked on her acting talents to emerge as the accomplished actress and comedian that we know of her today.
Famous Quotes by Stephanie Courtney
“I was never tortured over whether I wanted to become an actor. There was never another option in my mind.”
“I’m sort of East Coast, so I like the off-white and the navy blues and the low-key preppy kind of thing.”
“People say, ’What are your hobbies?’ I say, ‘I’ve been doing shows ever since I was a kid.’ When I left college, all I wanted to be was a musical theater chick. I auditioned tons. It just didn’t pan out.”
“When you audition for commercials, it’s a lot of driving. What I netted wasn’t exactly matching the hours I was putting in. I figured I’m not a face that makes people want to buy Lysol. Then I auditioned for Progressive.”
Stephanie Courtney is an accomplished actress and comedian who’s best known for playing the fictional character ‘Flo’ in Progressive Insurance commercials. Although she became insanely famous courtesy of her ‘Flo’ character, Courtney has had numerous film and television roles over the years. Her current net worth is $6 million.