A native of Los Angeles, Stepfanie was born to a high-fashion model mother and a classically-trained violinist father. She was classically trained as a mezzo soprano and music has been a large part of her entertainment career.
Stepfanie got her start guest-starring in two episodes of “Starsky and Hutch” in 1977, followed by appearances on “Eight is Enough,” “The Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” and “Fantasy Island” over the next several years. From 1979-1984, according to her website, Stepfanie guest-starred on 12 TV series.
She recalled her time working on “Vegas.”
“While I was filming that episode I was in the middle of learning 50 songs because I was just joining a country swing band,” she said. “The female lead singer had left and I had to step in. I was [performing] four sets a night five night a week while acting.”
She was working on another pilot about two female private detective when she came home from work one day and found the script for “Hunter” on her doorstep. NBC told her to forgot about the other show and concentrate on “Hunter.”
Stepfanie originally had equal billing as the show was initially called “Hunter and McCall,” but because Cannell already had another “H & M” show, “Hardcastle & McCormick,” the series' title was shortened to “Hunter.”
After “Hunter,” Stepfanie starred in the movies “Coins in a Fountain,” “Twin Sisters,” and “Beyond Suspicion.”