Stephanie March

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Stephanie March
BornStephanie Caroline March[1]
(1974-07-23) July 23, 1974 (age 44)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1997–present
Bobby Flay
(m. 2005; div. 2015)
Dan Benton
(m. 2017)

Stephanie Caroline March (born (1974-07-23)July 23, 1974)[3] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as New York Assistant DA Alexandra Cabot in the long-running NBC series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Early life[edit]

March was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of John and Laura March, and has a sister, Charlotte.[3] She attended McCulloch Middle School in Highland Park, and Highland Park High School, where Law & Order's Angie Harmon, who also played the role of an assistant district attorney on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, attended concurrently.[4] After her parents' divorce, her mother married Robert Derby.[5] In 1996, March graduated from Northwestern University,[3] where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.[6]


At Northwestern University, she played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Chicago, where she continued to pursue her stage career.[3] In 1997, she made her screen debut in an episode of CBS series, Early Edition. In 1999, March moved to New York and made her Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, opposite Brian Dennehy. She later co-starred in the television film Death of a Salesman, based on the play. In 2000, she also performed in the Broadway premiere of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber, in 2007. She also starred in Howard Korder's Boy's Life alongside Jason Biggs.

In 2003, March made her film debut with a supporting role in the political comedy Head of State opposite Chris Rock. She later appeared in the films Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, and Falling for Grace, the latter two romantic comedies. March also appeared in the 2009 film The Invention of Lying as the woman Ricky Gervais's character tells the world will end unless she has sex with him. She later co-starred in the independent films Why Stop Now? and Innocence.

On television, March guest starred on 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, Rescue Me, and Happy Endings. She was regular cast member on the short-lived CBS legal comedy-drama, Made in Jersey in 2012, but left the series after the pilot episode.[7][8]

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[edit]

March is best known for her role as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the NBC crime legal drama series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role she played from 2000 to 2003. She departed in the season 5 episode "Loss", when Cabot is shot and placed in witness protection. She returned to the series for a six-episode arc in season 10 and then continued as a main character in season 11. After her departure near the end of season 11, she returned again in season 13 as a recurring character. She reprised her role once again in an episode on the show's nineteenth season.

March reprised her role as Cabot, now the Bureau Chief ADA of the homicide bureau, on the short-lived NBC courtroom drama Conviction, which debuted in spring 2006. The show, which was part of the Law & Order universe, only lasted one 13-episode season before being cancelled.[9]

Personal life[edit]

March married celebrity chef Bobby Flay on February 20, 2005.[5] She has appeared on four of Flay's Food Network shows—Boy Meets Grill, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, Iron Chef America, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay—as a guest judge. According to media reports, March and Flay separated in March 2015 and their divorce was finalized on July 17, 2015.[2]

March became a celebrity ambassador to World of Children Awards in January 2010.[10][11] Additionally, she has served as a board member for Safe Horizon, an advocacy organization for victims of crime and abuse.[12] March is an advocate for women's rights and a supporter of Planned Parenthood. In 1938, her great-grandmother, Ruby Webster March, founded the West Texas Mother's Health Center, which later became part of Planned Parenthood of West Texas.[13]

March wrote an essay, published in June 2016, that detailed her experience with breast augmentation surgery in 2014, and the subsequent removal of the implants due to infection.[14]

On September 1, 2017, March married businessman Dan Benton in Katonah, New York.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Death of a Salesman Miss Forsythe Television film
2003 Focus Room Kim Short film
2003 Head of State Nikki
2005 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Julie
2005 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Cissy Hathaway Television film
2006 Flannel Pajamas Cathy
2006 The Treatment Julia
2006 Copy That Stephanie Short film
2007 Falling for Grace Kay Douglas
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Department Store Manager Scene deleted[citation needed]
2009 The Invention of Lying Blonde
2012 Why Stop Now? Trish
2014 Innocence Natalie Crawford


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Early Edition Arlene Episode: "A Bris Is Just a Bris"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ADA Alexandra Cabot Series regular, 96 episodes
Seasons 2-5
Season 6 episode: "Ghost"
Seasons 10 & 11
Season 13
Season 19[16]
2006 Conviction Bureau Chief ADA Alexandra Cabot Series regular, 13 episodes
2006 30 Rock Gretchen Thomas Episode: "Blind Date"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Jane Episode: "Physical Attraction... Chemical Reaction"
2009 Rescue Me Psychic Episode: "Jimmy"
2012 Made in Jersey Natalie Minka Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Happy Endings Brooke Kerkovich Episode: "Brothas and Sisters"
2015 Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Mayor Carol Blanton 5 episodes
2018 The President Show Ivanka Trump 1 episode


  1. ^ Stephanie March [@MarchStephanie] (26 February 2014). "@middlenamegame "Caroline"" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Bender, Kelli (April 9, 2015). "Bobby Flay and Wife Stephanie March Split". People. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Stephanie March". Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Hepola, Sarah (April 2006). "My Famous Friend". D Magazine. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Stephanie March, Bobby Flay". The New York Times. February 20, 2005. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  6. ^ "Notable Thetas > Explore Notable Thetas". Kappa Alpha Theta Heritage. (Requires scrolldown)
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (January 17, 2015). "'SVU' costar Stephanie March lands CBS legal drama". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mason Cook Cast in Mockingbird Lane, Revolution and Made in Jersey Let Andrea Roth and Stephanie March Go". Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "NBC loses 'Conviction'". Variety. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. (Archive link requires scrolldown.)
  10. ^ "Actress Stephanie March Joins World of Children as Celebrity Ambassador" (Press release). World of Children via January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  11. ^ March, Stephanie (July 11, 2010). "Giving Up My Birthday for World of Children". Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  12. ^ "Safe Horizon's 16th Annual Champion Awards" (Press release). Safe Horizon. May 2011. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  13. ^ March, Stephanie. "Stephanie March: The state of Texas vs. its women". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015. (Op-ed)
  14. ^ March, Stephanie (June 28, 2016). "Why I Got Breast Implants — And Then Had Them Removed". Refinery29. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  15. ^ McNeil, Liz (September 1, 2017). "Stephanie March Marries Dan Benton". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Law & Order: SVU Scoop: Stephanie March, Diane Neal Heading Back to Court". TV Line. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2012.

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