Stephanie March

Stephanie Caroline March Benton is an American actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. 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.

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Stephanie March in NYC August 2018
Stephanie Caroline March[1]

Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1997–present
(m. 2005; div. 2015)
Dan Benton
(m. 2017)

In 2019 she was named co-executive producer and star of the comedy feature The Social Ones.[3][4]

Early lifeEdit

March was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of John and Laura March, and has a sister, Charlotte.[5] 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.[6] After her parents' divorce, her mother married Robert Derby.[7] In 1996, March graduated from Northwestern University,[5] where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.[8]



At Northwestern University, March played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Chicago, where she continued to pursue her stage career.[5] In 1997, she made her screen debut in an episode of the CBS series Early Edition. In 1999, March moved to New York and made her Broadway debut in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman with Brian Dennehy.[9] She later co-starred in the television film based on the play. In 2007, March performed in the Broadway premiere of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber.[10] She also starred in Howard Korder's off-Broadway play Boy's Life alongside Jason Biggs.[11]

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 has guest-starred on 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, Rescue Me, and Happy Endings. She was cast as a regular character on the short-lived CBS legal comedy-drama Made in Jersey in 2012, but she left the series after the pilot episode.[12][13]

She starred in the 2015 Adult Swim series Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter.[14]

March played the role of Ivanka Trump in the March 2019 Comedy Central TV movie A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump. The 22-minute documentary is a comedic portrayal of the aftermath of Trump's imagined loss of the 2020 presidential election.[15]

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEdit

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 originally returned to the series in Season 6 episode 16, “Ghost”, when she was taken out of the witness protection program to testify, as a witness, for her attempted murder. She was placed back in witness protection after the trial. 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, was cancelled after one 13-episode season.[16]

The Social OnesEdit

On March 9, 2019, The Social Ones premiered at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose, California, as part of the 2019 Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival. March is a co-executive producer and portrays one of the lead characters. Laura Kosann wrote and directed the film, which also features Richard Kind, Jackie Hoffman,[17] Debra Jo Rupp, and Peter Scolari.[18] The film won Cinequest's Audience Award for Best Comedy Feature.[19] The Social Ones is an ensemble mockumentary that satirizes social media culture, including its fixation on likes, selfies, and social media influencers.[4]

The film gained additional attention because it was written, produced, and directed entirely by women. In a March 2019 interview, March explained how a mostly women's production team compared to one that is primarily run by men: "We were under budget, on time, wrapped early, had fun, zero on-set drama, zero backstage drama, and wholly supportive of one another- both in front of and behind the camera. I have never experienced such a seamless set. No ego. All warmth (meets organization, meets diligence, meets determination). Moms really should be in charge of more businesses."[4]


March co-founded the cosmetics company SheSpoke (formerly Rouge) with her business partner Rebecca Perkins in 2013. The company creates custom-made beauty products available online and in-store in SoHo, New York.[20]


In January 2010 March became a celebrity ambassador and board member of World of Children Awards[21] and One Kid One World.[22]

She is a supporter and board member of Planned Parenthood and an advocate for women's rights.[23][24]

March also serves on the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern University.[25]

In April 2018 March participated in a variety show fundraiser “A Starry Night” at Northwestern University for the School of Communication. In addition to March, other alumni from the school who participated included Stephen Colbert, Tony Roberts, and Dermot Mulroney.[26][27]

Personal lifeEdit

March married celebrity chef Bobby Flay on February 20, 2005.[7] She 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.[28][29] Additionally, she has served as a board member for Safe Horizon, an advocacy organization for victims of crime and abuse.[30] 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.[31]

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.[32]

On September 1, 2017, March married businessman Dan Benton in Katonah, New York.[33]



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. & 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
2019 The Social Ones Social media therapist Dr. Miriam Spacelli Mockumentary


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[34]
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
2021 Solar Opposites Defense Attorney Episode: "The Apple Pencil Pro"


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