Biography

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.

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.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, 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
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, 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, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 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

Relationships

  • Amaya Josephine Hermann — Daughter
  • Miklos 'Mickey' Hargitay Jr. — Brother
  • Peter Hermann — Husband
  • Jayne Mansfield — Mother
  • 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
  • Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann — Son

College

  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Birth Name: Mariska Magdolina Hargitay
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: January 23, 1964, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor
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