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Olivia Benson models for Taylor Swift's Keds collection

Olivia Benson models for Taylor Swift's Keds collection

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 6 (UPI) --Olivia Benson, Taylor Swift's cat, is appearing in a campaign for the singer's new Keds shoe collection.
Annie Martin
Olivia Benson is still fun to play, says Mariska Hargitay

Olivia Benson is still fun to play, says Mariska Hargitay

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) --Mariska Hargitay says portraying Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU" still feels "new," even after 15 seasons on NBC.
Annie Martin
Mariska Hargitay more in love with 'Law & Order' character now than ever

Mariska Hargitay more in love with 'Law & Order' character now than ever

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (UPI) --Mariska Hargitay says she's even more in love with her character now than when she started on "Law & Order: SVU" some 16 years ago.
Danielle Haynes
Mariska Hargitay reacts to Taylor Swift naming cat after her character

Mariska Hargitay reacts to Taylor Swift naming cat after her character

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Mariska Hargitay bought a cat collar engraved with "Olivia Benson" in honor of Taylor Swift naming her cat after her character.
Danielle Haynes
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mariska Hargitay."
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