Mariska Hargitay

Birth Day January 23rd, 1964
Birth Place Santa Monica, California, USA
Age 60 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius

About Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Magdolina Hargitay shortly named as Mariska Hargitay is a successful and talented actress from the USA. She is famous for her role as New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in which she starred in the show since 1999. She has received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role on the show. She made her film debut in 1985 with horror-comedy film "Ghoulies" for her role as Donna. Her first TV show performance was in the role of Jesse Smith in the crime drama series "Downtown" in 1986. She is nicknamed Bubbles, Maria, Marish, Mackie. She is fluent in 5 languages, including English she can speak Spanish, Italian, French, and Hungarian.

Mariska Hargitay will deliver a speech during the third night of the Democratic National Convention. She will touch on the national backlog of rape kits, a cause is near and dear to the actress' heart. The news, first reported exclusively by People, was later confirmed by Hargitay in a tweet saying she feels "privileged to call (Biden) an ally and a friend." The speech will also reportedly address her work with former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden famously spearheaded the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which provided funding for the investigation of violent crimes against women, among other policy changes. Hargitay and Biden have been longtime partners in the fight against violence towards women. Biden and Hargitay’s activism was a factor in the creation of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in 2014, a program funded by the Justice Department that is "enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims". Biden and Hargitay again partnered up in 2016 when the politician made a cameo appearance as himself on "Law & Order". The episode saw Biden commend Olivia Benson and the rest of the "SVU" team for addressing the national rape kit backlog-the exact topic Hargitay will speak to at the DNC. 

Mariska Hargitay (Left) and Joe Biden (Right); Mariska Hargitay to Speak At DNC

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Mariska Hargitay is famous for being an American actress. She is best-known for playing detective Olivia Benson in the crime drama series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". 

Mariska Hargitay was born with the birth name/full name of Mariska Magdolina Hargitay on 23rd January 1964. Her place of birth is in Santa Monica, California, in the USA. She holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is American-White. Her race is White. She was born to her father, Mickey Hargitay (Former Mr. Universe), and her mother, Jayne Mansfield (Former Actress). She also has two siblings and three half-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). At the age of 3, Mariska was involved in a serious car accident with her two brothers and her mother. She and her brothers suffered minor injuries but her mother and her boyfriend didn't survive. On September 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, at age 80. Talking about her education, she graduated from Marymount High School in Los Angeles in 1982. After graduation, she joined UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. However, she left it before completing her studies to focus on her acting career. She also attended the Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles to achieve her acting skills. As of 2020, she celebrated her 56th birthday. Her horoscope sign is Aquarius. Her religion is Roman Catholicism. 

Mariska Hargitay is a very beautiful actress with a charming smile. Her body build is slim. She has got an average height of 5 ft 7 in or 172 cm. Her balanced weight consists of 65 Kg or 143 lbs. She has a pair of dark brown eyes color. And her hair color is also dark brown. Her body measurements are 37-28-36 in or 94-71-91.5 cm. Her dress size is 10 US. Her bra size is 34C and her shoe size is 9.5 US. 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 surgery. She continued to experience chest pain afterward. 

Mariska Hargitay's Acting Career

  • After crowing Miss Beverly Hills USA, Mariska Hargitay competed in the Miss California USA pageant where she placed fourth runner-up to Julie Hayek, who was later crowned Miss USA.
  • After then, she appeared in Ronnie Milsap's music video for "She Loves My Car" in 1984 and also appeared in the horror film, "Ghoulies" in 1985 with a small role. 
  • In the year 1988, she had a recurring role as Carly Fixx in the soap opera "Falcon Crest" and later, portrayed police officer Angela Garcia in the 1992 series "Tequila and Bonetti".
  • She then appeared in an episode of the fourth season of "Seinfeld".
  • She then portrayed Didi Edelstein, the sexy next-door neighbor, in the 1995 sitcom "Can't Hurry Love" and played detective Nina Echeverria on the drama series "Prince Street".
  • She also had a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper during the fourth season of "ER".
  • Not only this but also, she has appeared on numerous TV shows such as Freddy's Nightmares-A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series; Ellen; All-American Girl; Baywatch; Cracker; Gabriel's Fire; In the Heat of the Night; The Single Guy; Wiseguy and thirtysomething.
  • In the 2005 video game "True Crime: New York City", she gave her voice. 
  • She then had a minor role in the 1995 film "Leaving Las Vegas" and replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Dulcea, in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie".
  • She also cast for the lead characters of NBC police procedural television drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 1999. She has portrayed Benson since 1999.

Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson in Law & Order

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  • In May 2009, after the show's tenth season, Hargitay and Meloni's contracts expired when they were reportedly making $375,000-$385,000 per episode (salary). It was also rumored that NBC threatened to replace Hargitay and Meloni if they persisted in their demands. 
  • After two months, it was officially reported that both their contracts had been renewed for two more years.
  • As of August 2012, she was earning approximately salary of $400,000-$500,000 per episode for playing the role in the show. 

Awards and Achievements of Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay is an award-winning actress. For her role as Olivia Benson on NBC police procedural television drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", she received eight Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and six nominations for Screen Guild Awards. She won one Emmy award as well as a Golden Globe, with several other honors. 

Mariska Hargitay's husband, Peter Hermann 

Mariska Hargitay is a married woman with Peter Hermann. Around two years after the start of their relationship, they got married in August 2004 in Mariska's hometown Santa Monica. She started going out with actor Peter Hermann after having met him while shooting for Law & Order: SVU. She gave birth to a baby boy, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann through an emergency cesarean surgery in June 2006. Additionally, they adopted Amaya Josephine in April 2011 and attended her birth. They later adopted Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann in October 2011. Andrew was born a couple of months before the adoption. As of now, the duo is living a happy life without any disturbances. Talking about her sexual orientation, she might be Bisexual.

Mariska Hargitay with her husband, Peter Hermann and their kids

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Previously, she was rumored to be dating with Maria Bello. She had been involved in a lesbian relationship with Maria Bello; her close friend and actress. After that, she got engaged to the studio executive Lance Young in 1992. However, their relationship didn't last long as they soon called off their engagement. 

Besides this, she 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. On 17th February 2012, she made a donation of $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, the maximum individual contribution allowed by law at the time. She donated $100,000 to her alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for scholarship on 27th September 2011. 

Mariska Hargitay's Net Worth 2020

Mariska Hargitay is a very talented and successful actress who has acted in many films and TV shows. Till now, she has accumulated a huge amount of money from her acting career which is her major source of earnings. As of 2020, the net worth of Mariska is estimated to have $80 Million. Ѕhе ѕtаrtеd fеаturіng іntо ѕmаll rоlеѕ frоm а уоung аgе, аnd thеn аlѕо wеnt оn tо wіn реаgеntѕ lіkе 'Міѕѕ Веvеrlу Ніllѕ.' Ѕhе ѕtаrtеd асtіng іn ѕmаll rоlеѕ but ѕооn gоt hеr bіg brеаk. She is also earning a considerable amount of salary from her career. In January 2007, she and her son, August, appeared in a "Got Milk?" She has done numerous TV commercials for social cause campaigns such as Autism Speaks, No More Domestic Violence, Joyful Heart Foundation, Give a Damn, The More You Know. She is satisfied with her earnings as of today.

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