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Mariska Hargitay is twin of mom Jayne Mansfield in photo

Mariska Hargitay is twin of mom Jayne Mansfield in photo

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) --Mariska Hargitay's mother, Jayne Mansfield, died in a car accident in 1967.
Danielle Haynes
Mariska Hargitay dresses as a princess for daughter's birthday

Mariska Hargitay dresses as a princess for daughter's birthday

NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay looked nothing like her "Law & Order: SVU" character as she stepped out in a princess dress for her daughter's birthday on Saturday.
Veronica Linares
Alec Baldwin acts out own worst nightmare on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Alec Baldwin acts out own worst nightmare on 'Law & Order: SVU'

March 20 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin played the part of an alcoholic journalist with questionable ethics on Law & Order: SVU, which is the very type of journalist he claims to hate.
Aileen Graef
Mariska Hargitay joins Detroit prosecutor in fight against rape kit backlog

Mariska Hargitay joins Detroit prosecutor in fight against rape kit backlog

DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) -- "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay will also produce a documentary about rape kit backlogs.
Kate Stanton
Katie Couric to play herself in Mariska Hargitay's 'Law & Order: SVU' episode

Katie Couric to play herself in Mariska Hargitay's 'Law & Order: SVU' episode

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Katie Couric will play herself, as a talk show host grilling Alec Baldwin's character, on the Mariska Hargitay-directed episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
Annie Martin
Sneak peek: Behind-the-scenes photos of Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut

Sneak peek: Behind-the-scenes photos of Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay is hard at work on her "Law & Order: SVU" directorial debut, and behind-the-scenes photos have hit social media.
Annie Martin
Alec Baldwin to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Alec Baldwin to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin is to guest star on the New York-set police drama "Law & Order: SVU" next month, E! News reported.

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Mariska Hargitay dishes on her 'Law & Order: SVU' character

Mariska Hargitay dishes on her 'Law & Order: SVU' character

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay discussed her "Law and Order: SVU" character, Detective Olivia Benson, backstage at NBC's Today show on Wednesday.
Veronica Linares

Dann Florek departing 'Law and Order: SVU' after years as Capt. Cragen

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- New York City Police Capt. Donald Cragen is retiring -- or to put it another way, actor Dann Florek is departing "Law and Order: SVU" after 14 years.
Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

(UPI) --The "Law and Order: SVU" star is honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star situated right next to her famous mother's -- actress Jayne Mansfield.
Kate Stanton
People's Choice Awards nominations announced

People's Choice Awards nominations announced

Nominations for the fan-voted People's Choice Awards in film, television and music categories were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Mariska Hargitay launches spots on domestic violence

Mariska Hargitay launches spots on domestic violence

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay, who deals with domestic violence as a New York police officer on "Law and Order: SVU," has started a campaign on the issue.
Mariska Hargitay sticking with 'Law and Order: SVU'

Mariska Hargitay sticking with 'Law and Order: SVU'

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay said this weekend she signed up for another season as New York police Detective Benson on NBC's "Law and Order: SUV."
Walters to host 'Best in TV' special

Walters to host 'Best in TV' special

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- ABC says it plans to air a special edition of its U.S. program "20/20" called "Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time."
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Mariska Hargitay, a cast member in the motion picture comedy "The Love Guru", and her husband Peter Hermann arrive for the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on June 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Mariska Hargitay ( /məˈrɪʃkə ˈhɑrɡɨteɪ/ mə-rish-kə har-gi-tay; born Mariska Magdolna Hargitay; January 23, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.

The daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, Hargitay is a former beauty queen who 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 television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.

Hargitay was born at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress and 1950s-era sex symbol Jayne Mansfield. Her father was the Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. Her first and middle names are Hungarian and refer to Mary Magdalene (Mariska is a diminutive of Mary). Her family name means "of Hargita". Hargitay was raised Roman Catholic. She has two half-sisters, Jayne Marie Mansfield and Tina Hargitay; two brothers, Miklós and Zoltán Hargitay; and a half-brother, Antonio Ottaviano (also known as Tony Cimber), a former director whose works include the female wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

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