Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

American actress (born 1964)
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Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress best known for her role as New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay has starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999. For her role on the show, Hargitay has received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and on television throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay’s work on that show led her to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support to people who have been sexually abused.

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Mariska Hargitay was born on Thursday, 23 January 1964 in Santa Monica, CA, USA. Her full name at birth was Mariska Magdolna Hargitay. She is best known as an actress. Hargitay's country of citizenship (nationality) is American. Mariska attended high school at Marymount High School, Los Angeles, California. For university, she studied at University of California at Los Angeles (dropped out). Her religion is listed as Roman Catholic. She is 5' 7½" (171 cm) tall and weighs 143 lbs (65 kg) with a slim build. She has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair (color). Her net worth is reported to be $50,000,000 US dollars. Mariska Hargitay is 60 years old and her zodiac star sign is Aquarius.

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Full name at birth
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
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Claim to fame
Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU
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Date of birth
23 January 1964
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Santa Monica, CA, USA
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Actress, Producer, Director
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5' 7½" (171 cm)
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143 lbs (65 kg)
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Net worth
$50,000,000 USD
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High school
Marymount High School, Los Angeles, California
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University of California at Los Angeles (dropped out)
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Talent agency
  • Celebrity Talent International
  • Entertainment Booking Agency
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Partner: Peter Hermann (Married) 3 children
Jan 2002-
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
(Part of 2005 Golden Globe acceptance speech) "Fifty years ago my mother stood on this stage accepting this award. She was fortunate enough to have my dad with her. Fifty years later, I'm fortunate enough to have my dad with me. I love you, dad."
  • Founder and President of a non-profit organization to aid the victims of rape - The Joyful Heart Foundation.
  • Became good friends with Maria Bello when she had a recurring role on "ER" (1994) in 1997-1998.
  • Won the Miss Beverly Hills 1982 pagent.
  • Her father Mickey Hargitay died after a lengthy illness at the age of 80. [14th September 2006]
  • 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.

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