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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay
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Mariska Hargitay Biography

Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolina Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother. The children escaped with minor injuries.

Mariska majored in theater at UCLA but dropped out before graduating. Her first motion picture feature was the cult favorite, Ghoulies (1985), where she has a memorable performace as Donna. She also appeared in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) credited as 'hooker at the bar', and in "Lake Placid" (1999) as Myra Okubo. Her latest movie "Plain Truth" in which she plays attorney Ellie Harrison will air in the fall of 2004. Read Full Bio >>

Mariska Hargitay Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2012 New York Women in Film & Television Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Crime Fighter "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). Nominated

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Mariska Hargitay Trivia

  • Daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay; sister of Zoltan Hargitay (b. 1 August 1960) and Miklos (Mickey) Hargitay, Jr (b. 21 December 1958). Half-sister of Jayne Marie Mansfield (Jayne's daughter from her first marriage, b. 8 November 1950) and Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber (b. 18 October 1965), from her mother's third marriage.
  • Replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) as Dulcea, but her scenes were re-shot with Gabrielle Fitzpatrick returning as Dulcea.
  • Speaks French, English, Hungarian and Italian.
  • In June 1967 she and her two brothers were asleep in the back seat of a car when it smashed into the back of a trailer truck instantly killing her mother (Jayne Mansfield), the driver and Mansfield's boyfriend, attorney Sam Brody. Miraculously, the three children escaped with minor bruises.
  • Half-sister of Jayne Marie Mansfield (Jayne's daughter from her first marriage).
  • Sister of Miklos Hargitay, Jr.
  • Half-brother, Octabiano, from her mother's third marriage.
  • Majored in theatre at UCLA, but quit shortly before graduating.
  • Has a zig-zag scar down the side of her head from the 1967 crash that killed her mother, Jayne Mansfield. She was only three years old when she was involved in the crash and has no memory of the event.
  • Won the Miss Beverly Hills 1982 pagent.
  • Measurements: 36-24-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Engaged to actor Peter Hermann. [April 2004]
  • Became good friends with Maria Bello when she had a recurring role on "ER" in 1997-1998
  • Is of German/English & Hungarian descent.
  • On one occasion, she came upon a pregnant woman who collapsed while in New York City. When no one else came to the woman's aid, she lapsed into her character on "Law And Order-SVU" while aiding the victim.
  • One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2005)
  • She learned to swim at the age of two and later swam for her high school.


Mariska Hargitay Photos

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    32nd Annual Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement - Arrivals

  • Peter Hermann, Mariska Hargitay

    Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas Wedding - Arrivals

  • Mariska Hargitay

    40th Annual FiFi Awards - Arrivals

  • Mariska Hargitay

    2011 Hamptons for Haiti Brunch and Cocktails Presented by Plum Hamptons Magazine

  • Mariska Hargitay, Mario Battalli and Sarah Mclachlan

    Food Bank For New York City's 2011 Can Do Awards Gala - Arrivals

  • Mariska Hargitay

    "Mildred Pierce" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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