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Hargitay narrates 9/11 special

Sept. 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Actress Mariska Hargitay has narrated a TV program about children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, NBC said.

"Children of 9/11" is to air on the network Monday.

"The special follows a year in the lives of some of these children, watching them overcome the loss and turn their lives around by achieving ambitions that would make their parents proud," NBC said in a synopsis. "For the first time, this special gives a voice to the young people directly affected by 9/11. A bitter twist of fate has indelibly linked their childhood to the worst terrorist attack of modern times. As the film interweaves their stories, home movie footage creates intimate portraits of the families, both before and after the event. Powerful interviews reveal the tough and inspiring personal journeys that the children have taken."

Hargitay has earned eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Olivia Benson on "Law and Order: SVU," with a win in 2006. Inspired by her role on "SVU," Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation, which has a mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness surrounding these issues, NBC said.

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