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How Well Do You Really Know Flo, The Progressive Girl?

You may know her best as the excessively enthusiastic saleswoman for Progressive Insurance, but how well do you really know the woman behind the crisp white apron?

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A former Bearcat, she is one of Binghamton University's claims to fame.

Via binghamton.edu

Stephanie Courtney is featured on Binghamton University's admissions website as an example of post-collegiate success. Despite full intentions to pursue acting, she graduated with a degree in criminology.

While studying at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse, she moonlighted as a Smith Barney evening secretary to pay the bills.

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FUN FACT: While living in New York City, Stephanie Courtney lived with Meghan Daum, the now-famous op-ed columnist at the L.A. Times.

Hollywood looked more promising, and in 2004 she joined the respected Groundlings sketch and improv company.

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The Groundlings rock out in celebration of lunch breaks.

Famous alumni of the Groundlings include Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig and Lisa Kudrow.

Stephanie Courtney found time to teach married Christians about the birds and the bees.

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Stephanie Courtney appeared in "The Second Coming" Groundlings' skit — a parody sketch mocking Christian infomercials.

She also played Marge in the first season of Mad Men (2007). Retro looks good on her!

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Marge keeps Sterling Cooper scandal on the DL as one of three switchboard operators.

Famous line: After witnessing a secretary be pummeled to the ground at the holiday party, Marge laments "I used to think I'd find a husband here."

Marge may have lucked out in office love, but the real Stephanie Courtney found her husband in the Groundlings Theater lighting booth.

She's no movie star, but Flo makes bank.

Via progressive.com

Sources estimate that Stephanie Courtney makes $500,000 per year for her work as Flo. Not bad for a commercial gig, but chump change compared to the quarter billion dollars Progressive reportedly spends annually to produce Flo ads.

Imitation = Best Form of Flattery

Via Facebook: flotheprogressivegirl

After Halloween 2011 inspired countless homemade Flo costumes, Progressive capitalized on the Flo frenzy by selling an official costume through Amazon, which became the third top selling costume in 2012. For thrifty Flo fans, Progressive's "Dress Like Flo" page outlines how to DIY the Flo allure, right down to the correct shade of MAC lipstick (Lady Bug) and downloadable name tag and autobox.

And she has quite a Facebook following — 4,846,446 to date.

(FOR REFERENCE: GEICO Gecko has a measly 298,710 likes, the Aflac Duck is slumming it with 346,948, and when compared by a curious fan on August 15, 2012, Flo was beating Mitt Romney in Facebook fans 4,332,097 to 4,213,885!

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