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TV Q&A

What can you tell me about the woman who plays Flo in the Progressive Insurance commercials?

Her name is Stephanie Courtney. She is 39 years old and has been in the movies “The Heartbreak Kid” (the Ben Stiller version) and “Blades of Glory,” as Marge the switchboard operator in the TV series “Mad Men” and in other commercials. (She is one of the women doing yoga in a Glade ad.)

She is also a member of the Groundlings, the famous Los Angeles improvisational troupe whose former members include Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Laraine Newman, Jennifer Coolidge and the late Phil Hartman.

Flo, she told the Austin American-Statesman, “is me at my silliest. You start off with a script, but at the end they usually let me put a little zinger in there.”

But a lot of work goes into turning her into Flo.

“They tease my hair, spray it and stick the headband in it,” she told the Austin newspaper. “And the makeup is like painting a portrait on my face. It’s insane. It totally changes things on my face. It’s like having a mask on.”

I have been trying to find the remake of “12 Angry Men,” starring Jack Lemmon. I know it was made for TV, but has it been released on DVD?

The fine production — whose cast included Lemmon, George C. Scott, Ossie Davis, James Gandolfini, Hume Cronyn, Edward James Olmos and William Petersen — was released on VHS but apparently has not made its way to DVD.

On DVD you can find the Oscar-winning film version starring Henry Fonda.

Fifteen, 20 or more years ago, there was a made-for-TV movie, “Murder By Natural Causes,” starring Hal Holbrook. Do you know if there are VHS tapes or DVDs available?

That’s a terrific movie, from “Columbo” masterminds Richard Levinson and William Link, with a cast including Holbrook, Katherine Ross and Barry Bostwick. I saw some VHS selling on Amazon.com and eBay, although they are expensive.

— Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

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