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Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay is a winner of a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.
Hargitay was born at St. John`s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, an actress and 1950s-era sex symbol, and Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. Her first and middle names are Hungarian and refer to Mary Magdalene (Mariska is a diminutive of Maria). Her family name means "of Hargita". Hargitay has two half-sisters, Jayne Marie Mansfield and Tina Hargitay; two brothers, Miklós and Zoltán Hargitay; and a half-brother, Antonio Ottaviano (a.k.a. Tony Cimber), a former director whose works include the female wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.
Hargitay`s parents had divorced in May 1963, but a judge later found their Mexican divorce invalid. They had reconciled a few months before Mariska`s birth in January 1964 but soon separated again; and in August 1964, the Mexican divorce was ruled legal. A few weeks later, Mansfield married the director Matt Cimber, who had directed her in a 1964 production of the William Inge play Bus Stop.
On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was killed in an automobile accident on a stretch of U.S. Highway 90 between New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana. Her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and the driver were also killed. Asleep in the back of the vehicle, Mariska, then three-and-a-half years old, was left with a zig-zag scar on one side of her head. Her brothers Miklós and Zoltán were also in the car, but escaped with minor injuries. After the death of their mother, the three siblings were raised by their father and his third wife, Ellen Siano.
Hargitay was active in the theater program of her secondary school Marymount High School; and she attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television (where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)but left six months before graduating as she began her career.
In 1982, Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA, and was fourth runner up at the Miss California USA Pageant in Oxnard. She made her screen debut with a small role in Star 80. Within a few years she had landed recurring roles in the television series Downtown and Falcon Crest, in which she played the character Carly Fixx. She portrayed police officer Angela Garcia in the 1992 series Tequila & Bonetti, and appeared in an episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld. Two years later, Hargitay portrayed Didi Edelstein, the sexy next-door neighbor, in the 1995 sitcom Can`t Hurry Love, which starred Nancy McKeon. In 1997, Hargitay played detective Nina Echeverria on the drama series Prince Street, and had a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper during the fourth season of ER.
Hargitay has appeared on numerous other television programs, including: Freddy`s Nightmares, Ellen, All American Girl, Baywatch, Cracker, Gabriel`s Fire, In the Heat of the Night, JoJo`s Circus, The Single Guy, Wiseguy, and thirtysomething. Her voice is featured on the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City. Hargitay also had a minor role ("Hooker in Bar") in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas, and briefly replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, although the footage was deemed unusable.
Since 1999, Hargitay has portrayed Det. Olivia Benson, the female lead in the drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. "As a woman, it’s gratifying to play such a multilayered part," she stated on her official website. "Olivia is not only a competent, street-smart cop, she’s also an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism." As a result of her casting, Hargitay has been named as the "highest paid TV actress" working today in the Guinness Book of World Records 2008 Edition.
Hargitay speaks Hungarian, French, Spanish and Italian as well as English. On August 28, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California, she married Peter Hermann, an actor and writer who has often appeared on SVU as Defense Attorney Trevor Langan. On June 28, 2006, Hargitay gave birth to August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by caesarean section. During the last months of her pregnancy, she took maternity leave from SVU, and was temporarily replaced by Connie Nielsen. She appeared with her baby, August, in a Got Milk? ad in January 2007.
Upon winning her Emmy on August 27, 2006, Hargitay made a point of thanking her father for everything he had done for her in her life. Just 17 days later, on September 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, aged 80.
In late December 2008, she suffered a partially collapsed lung after a sledding accident in the Hamptons.
On March 3, 2009, Hargitay was hospitalized after suffering chest pains. It was disclosed that she would prob
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Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
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Marymount High School, Los Angeles, California
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Mickey Hargitay (actor/bodybuilder)
Jayne Mansfield (actress/model)
Zoltan Hargitay, Mickey Hargitay Jr., Antonio Ottaviano (half-brother)
Jayne Marie Mansfield (half-sister) (actress/model), Tina Hargitay (half-sister)
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay ( mə-RISH-kə HAR-gi-tay; born January 23, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes Sergeant 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.
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==Mariska Magdolna Hargitay== (/məˈrɪʃkə ˈhɑrɡɨteɪ/ mə-rish-kə har-gi-tay; born January 23, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes [[Sergeant 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 Award]] and [[Golden Globe Award]].
==Mariska Hargitay== Actress - Born 23 Jan 1964 - Biography by Aubry Anne D'Arminio [-] - The daughter of legendary sex symbol [[Jayne Mansfield]] and former [[Mr. Universe]] [[Mickey Hargitay]], [[Mariska Hargitay]] appears born to play the type of larger-than-life roles that would make her a [[Hollywood idol]]. Instead, from her breakthrough performance as a vulnerable single mother on ER to her starring turn as a somber detective on [[Law & Order: SVU]], the talented actress has built her career by portraying real-life characters and keeping out of the spotlight. Raised in Los Angeles, Hargitay was a child of divorce before she celebrated her first birthday. In 1967, her mother died tragically when her car collided with a truck outside of New Orleans. Hargitay, then only three years old, was asleep in the backseat of the vehicle, but escaped uninjured. Days later, she moved in with her father and stepmother, [[Ellen Siano]], a flight attendant. Hargitay participated in scores of activities throughout grade school, including Cheerleading, student government, and athletics. She also developed a passion for performing: at 18, after being crowned [[1982's Miss Beverly Hills]], she enrolled in the [[University of California at Los Angeles]] (UCLA)' prestigious undergraduate theater program. Hartigay began her professional acting career while she was still a student with a bit part in [[Bob Fosse]]'s [[Dorothy Stratten]] biopic [[Star 80]] (1983). In 1985, she appeared in the B-movie [[Ghoulies]] and agreed to portray a teenage parolee in [[CBS]]' short-lived series [[Downtown]]. Roles in the teen comedies [[Welcome to 18]] (1986) and [[Jocks]] (1987) quickly followed. In 1988, the actress joined her dad in the biopic of his own career, [[Mr. Universe]]. That same year, Hargitay earned the recurring role of [[Carly Fixx]] on television's [[Falcon Crest]].
====The next several years==== found Hargitay acting in B-movies, such as a martial arts film called [[The Perfect Weapon]] (1991), and a handful of television films, such as [[Blind Side]] (1993) and [[Gambler V: Playing for Keeps]] (1994). She earned a small role in [[Mike Figgis]]' [[Leaving Las Vegas]] (1995) and replaced [[Gabrielle Fitzpatrick]] as [[Dulcea]] in [[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie]] (1995), but her scenes were eventually re-shot with [[Fitzpatrick]] in the role. Throughout the late '80s and early '90s, Hargitay also appeared in numerous popular television shows -- [[In the Heat of the Night]], [[Baywatch]], [[Wiseguy]], [[thirtysomething]], [[Booker]], [[Seinfeld]], [[Ellen]], [[The Single Guy]] -- and in quite a few failed series -- [[Tequila and Bonetti]], [[Key West]], [[Can't Hurry Love]], [[Prince Street]], and [[Cracker]]. In subsequent years, producer [[Dick Wolf]] tapped the actress for his [[Law & Order]] spin-off, [[Law & Order: Special Victims Unit]] (1999). As [[NYPD Detective Olivia Benson]], Hargitay became a familiar and a celebrated face: She earned several award nominations for her performance on the show, as she stuck with the popular show for over ten years.
====In addition to working==== in film and television, Hargitay found time for the theater -- appearing on the Los Angeles stage in [[Salad Days]], [[Women's Work]], and [[Porno]] -- and read [[Rochelle Majer Krich]]'s crime story [[Regrets Only]] on a mystery-themed audiobook. She also established her own charity, [[Spirit of the Dolphin]], which gives abused children the chance to swim with dolphins in Hawaii. In 2007, Hargitay served as the [[National Ambassador]] for [[Lee National Denim Day]] to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. In terms of off-camera activity, Hargitay's successful pregnancy at the age of 42 (with her husband, SVU co-star [[Peter Hermann]]) made headlines as well.
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