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Mariska Hargitay Biography

Birth Name:
Mariska Magdolina Hargitay
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Actress in a Television Series: winner
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated

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