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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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Judge Judy is highest paid TV star

Judge Judy is highest paid TV star

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Judge Judy Sheindlin is the highest paid television star in the United States, making $45 million a year for her small-claims court show, TV Guide reported.
Michaels, Hargitay celebrate Mardi Gras

Michaels, Hargitay celebrate Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Actresses Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay and rocker Bret Michaels were in New Orleans this week to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Harry Connick Jr. books 'SVU' role

Harry Connick Jr. books 'SVU' role

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. has signed on for a multi-episode guest spot on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC said Friday.
Mariska Hargitay adopts another baby

Mariska Hargitay adopts another baby

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, say they've adopted another child.
Hargitay narrates 9/11 special

Hargitay narrates 9/11 special

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.
Giddish, Pino join 'SVU' cast

Giddish, Pino join 'SVU' cast

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 27 (UPI) -- Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino have joined the cast of the New York-set police procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for its 13th season, NBC said.
Hargitay bids farewell to 'SVU' partner

Hargitay bids farewell to 'SVU' partner

LOS ANGELES, May 28 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay says she will really miss her television partner Christopher Meloni, whose 13-year run on NBC's "Law and Order: SVU" is coming to an end.
Meloni leaving 'SVU' after 12 seasons

Meloni leaving 'SVU' after 12 seasons

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Chris Meloni is leaving the police procedural series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" after 12 seasons, NBC said Tuesday.
Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girl

Mariska Hargitay adopts a baby girl

NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- Mariska Hargitay's publicist says the U.S. television actress and her husband have adopted a baby girl.
Danes, Danson to be Emmys presenters

Danes, Danson to be Emmys presenters

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Claire Danes, Ted Danson and Mariska Hargitay have been booked as presenters at Sunday's Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles.
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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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