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.


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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

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!!!

Submitted by JORDAN NARANJO (not verified) on

i love you so much also love svu and olivia benson

Submitted by Elyse (not verified) on

i watch you on law and order svu and you are a great role model

Submitted by Kj peters (not verified) on

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.

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.

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,

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.

Submitted by Kevin Evans (not verified) on

I watch SVU so much because of you. You are so beautiful. Even my wife says that you are her lesbian crush. I love everything about you. The way you talk as well as your body. Keep looking good and keep up with that great acting

Submitted by jennifer (not verified) on

keep up the good work Off the screen You being a mother and actress and still dedicate time to Real life woman or men who have been sexually assaulted Makes you A Woman i personally Admire. Keep it up Mariska!

Submitted by Katie Netherland (not verified) on

I would love to meet you and learn as much as I can from you. My dad had asked me where I wanted to go, pick anywhere I wanted to go and we would go there. I had told him that I wanted to go meet you. The only movie actress I actually want to meet in real life. I would pay to go to you as a counselor and would trust talk to you any day.

Submitted by Laurie Hinshaw (not verified) on

Thank you Ms. Hargitay for standing up for truth, respect, honor and human decency. Your article about Judge Kavanaugh bring all if us who agree with you to a higher level. Thank you dear lady. You're an inspiration to me.

Submitted by Marlena Laws (not verified) on

You’re so amazing , you’re literally all I talk about to my fiancé . I’m always telling him to watch Svu with me. He agrees sometimes , I once told him that I would not watch svu if you weren’t in it. I know sometime you’re not in episodes.. but anyway. I love you so much and I’m a die hard fan, you do so much for people , with the JHF and everything, when I get the funds I will definitely be donating. I really hope to meet you in person on day. I’ve literally had a dream that I met you while you were doing an investigation, I guess I was watching to much law and order haha.. I love you so much, please respond.. I would love to hear back from you one day.

Submitted by Anne (not verified) on

Dear Ms. Hargitay,
I have been if fan of SUV for many years. I have admired your work with abuse victims. I am a Court Appointed Special Advicate for neglected and abused children (CASA) and have been for 15 years. As an .independent leaning conservative, I was so disappointed at the episode portraying conservatives as utterly vile human beings. I felt that politics were pretty even handed in the shows, but the hatred and meanness portrayed and the remarks of your character and others were appalling. Yes there are people like that, just as antifa is very nearly Markist and can be violent, but the majority of those with a conservative leaning are not like that at all. I thought you, and the show, were above this sort of thing. Sadly, that is not true. You were totally unfair and untruthful. Most of the conservatives that I i know are no way like that pundit as portrayed. Please be more even handed and truthful in future portrayals. You were fast and lose with the facts. No excuse and not true to the character you portray. I suppose you will never read this, much less reply but I felt the need to express my hurt, anger, and frustration.

Submitted by Bianca C (not verified) on

Hi Mariska I’m a huge fan of yours and I have been trying to get pregnant 🤰 for the longest and now we r expecting our baby and I’m naming her after you I can’t wait till baby is here to meet my little Mariska ❤️❤️😍😍

Submitted by Brad (not verified) on

Great acting.

Submitted by Kylee (not verified) on

I love your show so much

Submitted by Keyerra L'Herisse (not verified) on

Hello Mrs. Mariska, I really think you are a great actress. The role you play in SVU are great. I hope and wish I can meet you one day. I love you Mariska you are my number one fan.

Submitted by Shirley Winter (not verified) on

Mariska you are doing a wonderful job with you character Detective Benson. As with you, I was a single mom. I am so very proud of my grow children. They are beautiful people and major community contributors and supporters. If I may, I would like to suggest that you get your hair cut as you wore in 2001. Short hair opens up your beautiful features and you look younger and youthful. Keep up the good work and thank you very much indeed.

Submitted by Jennifer Vasquez (not verified) on

Dear Miss hargitay, I am your biggest fan..I even cut my hair like yours...I have so much to share with you and I consider you running for president of we all can feel safe again

Submitted by Briannon (not verified) on

I seriously doubt you will see this. But... just in case you do.,thank you for your amazing work. I’m a rape victim, a public school teacher, and a domestic violence victim. What you do is important. Thank you.

Submitted by Melissa Esquivel (not verified) on

Hi Mariska, I have been watching you since I was 17 years old. I was pregnant at the time and I often pretended you were my mom. The way you perform looks genuine. As if you are playing you. It had a very hard childhood, and now with therapy, I am writing a book about my life. I would love for you to read the first chapter and give me any advice that you can. I love constructive criticism, and I know you would be honest and sincere. Thank you for even reading this. I think you're an amazing human being.

Submitted by Richard Martin (not verified) on

I recently saw your involvement in victims non profits.

My girlfriend was brutally raped 20 years ago. After going to court 20 times, his public defender died abd we had to start all over again. I was 20 abd my girlfriend was 18. I think i could write a book on the whole ridiculous, traumatic event. We didnt last much longer, about a year. She is doing well but i am sure her pain is far more than i can imagine.
And since that event, i have had years of nightmares and social problems.
Anyways, i have so much respect for u and your character on law and order.
You are a great roll model, and my new hero.
Thank you,
Rich Martin

Submitted by Jordan (not verified) on

Mariska honestly I started watching your show because I had no idea where life was taking me. I kept getting rejected by jobs and nobody would take a chance on me. So i started watching your show it gave me hope i would someday find one. It encouraged me to keep going. You inspire me to keep going i learn strength presence. I learned to always have hope. You helped me a lot through watching you on screen. I am now happily employed. I just want thank you for being someone i could watch on the screen at home. I want to try a be like. You really are my new inspiration.

Submitted by Nicolas Louis C... (not verified) on

Mariska, just wanted to tell you that I am a big fan of your show. I was sad that stabler left, but, when olivia got promoted to captain, I was very glad.

Your character has gone through some tough times over the years.

Keep up the great work.

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