Mariska Hargitay

Birth Name: 
Mariska Magdalena Hargitay
Best Known For: 

Olivia Benson on "Law and Order: SVU"

Short bio: 

Mariska Hargitay is the daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. Hargitay's parents divorced in May 1963, but a judge later found their Mexican divorce invalid. They reconciled a few months before Hargitay's birth in January 1964, but soon separated again; in August 1964, her mother successfully petitioned the court to rule the Mexican divorce legal. A few weeks later, Mansfield married the director Matt Cimber. On June 29, 1967, 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, Hargitay, then three and a half years old, was left with a zigzag scar on one side of her head.

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 on "Law and Order: SVU", a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.

Twitter: 
@Mariska
Contact:Mailing: 

1357 Broadway
Suite 321
New York, NY 10018

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Submitted by jaden n bysura (not verified) on

Hi mrs. Hargitay this is jaden bysura and I'm a huge fan I have a elf on a self named olivla and a dog name benson and I would love to see you in preson and I would love for you to tell me how to do that and please text back as so as you get this please

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Submitted by Kylie Grace Stagner (not verified) on

Hello. I'm not sure if this site is real, but I just wanted to put something out there. Mrs. Hargitay you're so inspiring. I love watching SVU. At first my mama wasn't sure about letting me watch it because of my age, but now she lets me watch it. I love your character. You're a great actor. I don't know you, but something tells me you're a sweet person. I would love to meet you, but I live in the south and my daddy is a principal and we can't go to NY. But, when I get old enough to travel on my own I really hope I could be able to meet you. If this is real and you see this can you please pray that I will be able to meet you one day. I'm going to keep praying. If you read this Mrs. Hargitay I appreciate you taking your time for this. Thank you, have a wonderful day.
Sincerely, Kylie Grace Stagner

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Submitted by Kylie Grace Stagner (not verified) on

Hello. I'm not sure if this site is real, but I just wanted to put something out there. Mrs. Hargitay you're so inspiring. I love watching SVU. At first my mama wasn't sure about letting me watch it because of my age, but now she lets me watch it. I love your character. You're a great actor. I don't know you, but something tells me you're a sweet person. I would love to meet you, but I live in the south and my daddy is a principal and we can't go to NY. But, when I get old enough to travel on my own I really hope I could be able to meet you. If this is real and you see this can you please pray that I will be able to meet you one day. I'm going to keep praying. If you read this Mrs. Hargitay I appreciate you taking your time for this. Thank you, have a wonderful day.
Sincerely, Kylie Grace Stagner

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Submitted by Karlee (not verified) on

Your my role model i watch svu everyday like a million episodes a day i would love to meet you one day you're amazing xoxo!!!

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Submitted by Kj peters (not verified) on

Miss.Marishka
Thank you so much you honestly have started to make me feel like im loved. I live in a place where love isnt displayed and verbal abuse is very common. I have started to feel like i am not alone and i know that it is God telling me i have a rolemodel here to help and i believe it is you. You have saved me from depression and helped me realize that i am me and i cant be changed. That no matter what my parents say to me in a verbal abuse time that i just need to shake it off. Because it is never true. It is just sometimes hard to believe.

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Submitted by Vance (not verified) on

As I have watched your career from afar. I have researched the lengths your mother went through to try and accomplish what you have, even leading to her death. I can only image the decades she has peacefully rested in heaven watching over her babies success in achieving what she worked so hard to accomplish not only with her morality, but the morality of a child one has raised to be such a social justice oriented citizen that is willing to invest part of her off screen life trying to help those in need. As I look at my own children and how much better people they are compared to me, I can draw the same parallel of pride your mom has to be feeling from heaven.

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Submitted by Jordyn (not verified) on

Hi. I cant believe I'm actually typing this. You are all I dream to be one day.I'm only11, but Law and Order: SVU is my favourite show.

All the best,
Jordyn

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Submitted by Linda Healy (not verified) on

Hi, first of all I love watching you on law and order SVU. My dad was from Hungary and a professional wrestling, my mom told me he knew your parents. I was born in 1964 as you and my dad's name is Czaya Bob Nandor and his fighting name was Flash Gordon. Just wanted to see if you ever heard of my dad. Keep up the good work on TV just wish we had real good cops like you play. Keep safe.

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