Mariska Hargitay

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Mariska Magdolina Hargitay
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/23/1964, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor
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The daughter of bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and tragic Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay embarked on an acting career in the early '80s. Primarily a small-screen player, Hargitay floundered in a succession of short-lived series (Tequila and Bonetti, Prince Street) before a recurring part as Dr. Greene's ditzy girlfriend on ER jump-started her career in the late '90s. In 1999 she landed a leading role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a tough but empathetic sex-crime detective. Her work on the show earned her an Emmy in 2006 — the same year she gave birth to her son with husband Peter Hermann — and inspired her to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, which assists sexual-assault survivors.Mariska Hargitay Fast Facts:
  • Speaks fluent French, Hungarian and Italian.
  • On June 29, 1967, Hargitay and her two brothers were involved in a car accident that killed her mother, Jayne Mansfield, and her mother's boyfriend, Sam Brody, yet left the three children miraculously unharmed.
  • Was crowned Miss Beverly Hills in 1982.
  • Founder and president of Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps rape and sexual-assault victims, as a result of her work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • Enjoys traveling and says Rome is her favorite city.
  • Suffered a collapsed lung while doing her own stunts on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and underwent surgery to repair it in January 2009.
  • Mariska Hargitay Relationships:
  • Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann - Son
  • Amaya Josephine Hermann - Daughter
  • Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber - Half Brother
  • August Miklos Friedrich Hermann - Son
  • Jayne Marie Mansfield - Half Sister
  • Mickey Hargitay - Father
  • Tina Hargitay - Half Sister
  • Zoltan Hargitay - Brother
  • Miklos 'Mickey' Hargitay Jr. - Brother
  • Peter Hermann - Husband
  • Jayne Mansfield - Mother
  • Mariska Hargitay Awards:
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Actress in a Television Series - Winner
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2011 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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