“The most important thing a community can do is continually push the point, raise awareness, raise money and above all, keep at it. Don't just turn a blind eye. Any society that doesn't take care of its weaker younger members is not one to be proud of.” Stephanie March
Launching her career on stage, actress Stephanie March gained momentum when she landed the lead role of Miss Forsythe on the highly applauded Broadway revival of the classic Arthur Miller drama “Death of a Salesman” (1999), alongside Brian Dennehy. Roles in films and television followed, but she is best remembered for portraying Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 2000-2003. She said, “I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a creative and dynamic team, both in front of and behind the cameras.”
Later, the lovely actress made a special appearance in a 2005 episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” resuming her role as Alex, and later reprised the role on the short-lived spin off “Conviction” (2006). Other TV credits include guest roles in “30 Rock” and “Grey's Anatomy” and a role in the TV film “Jesse Stone: Night Passage” (2006). March's admirers can also see her in such movies as Chris Rock's “Head of State” (2003), Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie's “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “The Treatment” (2006) and “East Broadway” (2006).
March, who has appeared in magazines like Maxim and In Style, is the wife of Chef Bobby Flay. She has a step-daughter, Sophie, from her husband's previous marriage.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of John Abe March IV and Laura Len Irwin, Stephanie Caroline March was born on July 23, 1974, in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in San Angelo, Texas, with her sister Charlotte, and attended Highland Park High School, the same school future “Law & Oder” star Angie Harmon attended. Stephanie was a sophomore when Harmon was a senior. As a young adult, Stephanie left Texas for Chicago, Illinois, where she furthered her education at the School of Speech (now School of Communication) at Northwestern University. She majored in Theater and Hispanic Studies and graduated in 1996.
Engaged on December 19, 2003, Stephanie married chief Bobby Flay (born on October 9, 1964) on February 20, 2005. The marriage made Stephanie a stepmother to Bobby's daughter from a previous marriage, Sophie Flay.
Currently a resident of New York City, Stephanie enjoys spending her leisure time swimming, dancing, traveling and practicing yoga. She is an avid reader.
Starting out in plays in high school, March made her professional acting debut as Helena in a Chicago stage production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” She branched out to television in 1997 with a guest spot in CBS' “Early Edition,” but soon returned to the stage in the dramatic revival of Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman” (1998) in Chicago. Cast as Miss Forsythe, March reprised her role in the 50th anniversary Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman” at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, which also marked her Broadway debut. A performance from the Broadway run was aired on Showtime in early 2000. Still in 2000, March portrayed classy beauty Lady Caroline in a Hartford Stage Company presentation of “Enchanted April” and hit the independent circuit with her work in the drama film “Coasting,” which was directed, written and produced by Amy Turilli. Starring opposite Michael Wexler, she played the role of Rhoda, a woman from Chicago whose fondness for a bike helps her overcome a broken heart.
However, March did not hit the big time until she won the role of Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” She debuted on the show in the fall of 2000 and stayed with the series until 2003.
“I want to be certain to emphasize that I have zero complaints about 'Law & Order.' It was a fantastic work experience and I really miss the people quite a bit. But, you know, you get to a point where you feel like, as a character, you kind of said everything you can say and then it becomes quite redundant. It was my first on-camera job after college. I got really lucky and I thought, ‘I just have to do a couple of more things before I get too comfortable.’ Perhaps all I need is a long break.” Stephanie March
After leaving “SVU,” March received a small role in a box office comedy film “Head of State” (2003), which was directed and written by Chris Rock (also starred in the film), and costarred with Dann Florek in the short “Focus Room” (also 2003). She appeared in the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), playing a spy associate named Julie, and returned to the small screen where she reprised her role of Alexandra Cabot on one episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Ghost,” which was broadcasted on February 22, 2005.
Entering 2006, March offered a memorable turn as Cissy Hathaway in the TV movie “Jesse Stone: Night Passage,” starring Tom Selleck as a former L.A. detective trying to solve a murder. She was then cast as Cathy in the indie-romance “Flannel Pajamas,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006. She next costarred with Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm and Famke Janssen in the romantic comedy “The Treatment” (2006), which was adapted from a novel by Daniel Menaker, and appeared as Kay in the Tribeca Film Festival-screened “East Broadway” (2006).
In spring 2006, Stephanie reprised the role of Alexandra Cabot for the NBC courtroom drama “Conviction.” In the series, she starred opposite Eric Balfour as Brian Peluso, Jordan Bridges as Nick Potter, Milena Govich as Jessica Rossi, Anson Mount as Jim Steele and Julianne Nicholson as Christina Finn. However, the show only lasted 13 episodes.
Following the cancellation of the series, March could be seen playing Stephanie on the 10-minute comedy film “Copy That” (2006), from director and writer Matthew D. Panepinto. She then portrayed Gretchen Thomas, a lesbian love interest for Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey), on one episode of Fey's comedy series “30 Rock” (2006), and appeared as Jane in a 2007 “Grey's Anatomy” episode named “Physical Attraction, Chemical Reaction.” From May 4 to June 24, 2007, she starred opposite Liev Schreiber on her Broadway comeback, “Talk Radio.”
Next up, March was cast with Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Rob Lowe, and Christopher Guest and will be reunited with Tina Fey for the upcoming comedy film “This Side of the Truth” (2009).