Mariska Hargitay is an American actress known for her role as New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay has starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999. For her role on the show, Hargitay has received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe. The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay 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 on television throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benson’s work on that show led her to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support to women and men who have been sexually abused.

Birth Name

Mariska Magdolna Hargitay

Nickname

Bubbles, Maria, Marish, Mackie

Profession

Actress

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Mariska Hargitay was born on the 23rd of January 1964, in Santa Monica, California, United States.

Age

She is currently 55 years old.

Sun Sign

Aquarius

Ethnicity

White

On her father’s side, she is of Hungarian descent.

Religion

Roman Catholic

Education

Mariska student at her Catholic secondary school, Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She enjoyed acting and enrolled at UCLA after graduation from high school in 1982. That same year, Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA. By the time she was a freshman in college, Hargitay had an agent and several small roles to her credit. She attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She left before completing her degree when she began her acting career. Hargitay attended Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles.

Family Details

  • Father – Mickey Hargitay (Former Mr. Universe)

  • Mother – Jayne Mansfield (Former Actress)
  • Siblings – Miklos Hargitay (Older Brother), Zoltan Hargitay (Older Brother) (Actor), Jayne Marie Mansfield (Older Half-Sister) (Actress), Antonio “Tony” Cimber (Younger Half-Brother) (Actor), Tina Hargitay (Older Half-Sister)

Marital Status

Married

Boyfriend / Spouse

Mariska Hargitay has dated –

  • Lance Young (1992) – Mariska got engaged to the studio executive Lance Young in 1992. However, their relationship didn’t last long as they soon called off their engagement.

  • Peter Hermann (2004-Present) – Hargitay married Peter Hermann, an actor whom she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU, on which he plays the recurring role of Defense Attorney Trevor Langan. In June 28, 2006, Hargitay gave birth to their son, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by an emergency caesarean section. In April 2011, she and her husband adopted a baby girl, Amaya Josephine and attended her birth. In October 2011, she and her husband adopted a baby boy, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, who had been born in mid-2011.

Physical Stats

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 7¾ inches
  • In centimeters – 172 cm
  • In meters – 1.72 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 65 kg
  • In Pounds – 143 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 37-28-36
  • Bust – 37 inches
  • Waist – 28 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 34B

Body Build

Average

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Dress Size

Her dress size is 8 (US).

Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing detective Olivia Benson in the crime drama series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Film Debut

In 1985 , Hargitay made her film debut with horror-comedy film Ghoulies for her role as Donna.

Television Debut

In 1986, her first television show performance was in the role of Jesse Smith in crime drama series Downtown.

Brand Endorsements

In 2007, Mariska was featured in the print promotions for American Milk Processors milk mustache campaign, Karastan carpets and rugs. She has done numerous television commercials for social cause campaigns such as Autism Speaks, No More Domestic Violence, Joyful Heart Foundation, Give a Damn & The More You Know.

Awards & Nominations

YearAwardCategoryResult
2000Satellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, DramaNominated
Viewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
TV Guide AwardFavorite Actress in a New SeriesNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Gracie Allen AwardsIndividual Achievement for Best Female Lead – Drama – SeriesWon
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2005Golden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaWon
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
2007TV Land AwardsFavorite Lady GumshoeNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2008Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV StarNominated
Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Lead – Drama SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
People’s Choice AwardsFavorite TV Drama ActressNominated
2011People’s Choice AwardsFavorite TV Crime FighterNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2012Muse AwardsNew York Women in Film & TelevisionWon
TV Guide AwardFavorite ActressNominated
2013Star on the Walk of FameTelevisionWon
2014People’s Choice AwardsPeople’s Choice for Best Dramatic ActressNominated
Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a DramaWon
TV Guide AwardFavorite ActressNominated
2015People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActressNominated
MTV Video Music AwardVideo of the YearWon
2016People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActressNominated
2017People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActressNominated
Gracie AwardsActress in a Leading Role – DramaWon
2018People’s Choice AwardsThe Drama TV Star of 2018Won

Mariska Hargitay Favorites

  • Favorite Gym Songs – Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones), I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Empire State Of Mind by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • Favorite Destination – Paris
  • Favorite Colors – White, Pink, Black
  • Favorite Pets – Dog
  • Favorite Memorable Meal – Caprese Salad at a Restaurant Called La Conca del Sogno on Amalfi Coast
  • Favorite Outfit – Black Dress
  • Favorite Comfort Food – Mac and Cheese

Mariska Hargitay Net worth

Mariska Hargitay has an estimated net worth of $50 million dollars as of 2019 and her salary of $450k per episode.

Social Media Portfolio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mariska Hargitay

  • Her parents had divorced in 1963 but their divorce was later proclaimed invalid. Four years later, Hargitay’s mother, Jayne Mansfield was killed in an automobile accident along with her boyfriend, Sam Brody.
  • In 1982, she decided to follow her father’s footsteps in modeling and she was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA. By the time she attended UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television, she already had a personal agent who got her several small roles.
  • Mariska Hargitay is fluent in 5 languages, including English she can speak Spanish, Italian, French and Hungarian.
  • In 1984, she appeared in the music video by Ronnie Milsap, She Loves My Car. A year later, she appeared in the horror-comedy flick, Ghoulies.
  • In 1986, she was cast in the popular crime-drama television series, Downtown, followed by a small appearance in an episode of In the Heat of the Night two years later.
  • In 2001, she played the role of Darcy in Perfume, a story about the fashion industry in New York.
  • In 2004, she was seen in the television film, Plain Truth, where she portrayed the role of Ellie Harrison. The next year, she was seen in an episode of another spin-off of Law & Order titled, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
  • In January 2007, she and her son, August, appeared in a Got Milk? advertisement.
  • In 2008, the prestigious People magazine included her in the list of Hundred Most Beautiful People in the World.
  • In December 2008, she suffered a mishap while performing a stunt at the set of SVU. Due to fall, her lung partially collapsed, which required a surgery. She continued to experience chest pain afterwards.
  • In 2011, she was once again seen in an episode of Barefoot Contessa as herself. She is currently playing the role of Detective Olivia Benson for the series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • Hargitay has founded the Joyful Foundation. She is also the president of the charity that works to support the survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
  • Mariska has received a certified training in working as a rape crisis counselor.
  • In September 2011, she made a donation of $100,000 to the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, which is her alma mater, for scholarship funds.
  • In September 27, 2011, Hargitay donated $100,000 to her alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for scholarship.
  • In 2012, Hargitay campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • In February 17, 2012, Hargitay made a donation of $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, the maximum individual contribution allowed by law at the time.
  • She once pretended to be her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character to help a pregnant woman, who had collapsed on the sidewalk in NYC.
  • In November 2013, she was honored with the star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Incidentally, her star was placed next to the one, her mother Jayne Mansfield had received.
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