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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay (pronounced /məˈrɪʃkə ˈhɑrɡɨteɪ/ mə-RISH-kə HAR-gi-tay; born Mariska Magdolna Hargitay; January 23, 1964) is an American actress. She is the daughter of late actor and professional bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and late actress Jayne Mansfield. After winning the Miss Beverly Hills 1982 beauty pageant, she went on to study theater at UCLA and started acting at age 20 with her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies. She made her first major television debut in the 1986 one-hour adventure drama series, Downtown. She had small roles in television shows throughout the late 1980s and 90s. In 1999 she was cast as Olivia Benson, a New York City detective who investigates sex crimes on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple award nominations and an Emmy and Golden Globe since the show's debut. She met her future husband Peter Hermann, who played Defense Attorney Trevor Langan on SVU.

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Mariska Hargitay Is on 'Project Accessory'?

Mariska Hargitay
Is on 'Project Accessory'?

Here's Detective Olivia Benson aka Mariska Hargitay on "Law & Order:SVU" (left) -- and breakout designer on Lifetime's "Project Accessory" Nicolina Royale (right).Both are great… READ MORE >

Mariska Hargitay -- Special Swimsuit Unit

Mariska Hargitay
Special Swimsuit Unit

Wearing a form-fitting green one-piece bathing suit, "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay cooled off in the Hamptons on Wednesday.Life's a beach for Detective Benson.  READ MORE >

- 974 days ago
Mariska Hargitay Sues Agency -- Remember, I Fired You

Mariska Hargitay Sues Agency -- Remember, I Fired You

Mariska Hargitay has declared a legal war on one of the biggest agencies in Hollywood -- claiming William Morris Endeavor is trying to stake claim to her "Law & Order: SVU" money ...despite… READ MORE >

- 1086 days ago
Ice-T -- Mariska Is MIA from 'SVU'

Ice-T
Mariska Is MIA from 'SVU'

Considering she was hospitalized with shortness of breath the night before, it wasn't really a surprise Mariska Hargitay wasn't on the "Law & Order: SVU" set yesterday. But her co-star Ice-T… READ MORE >

- 1870 days ago
Mariska Hargitay Hospitalized Again

Mariska Hargitay
Hospitalized Again

Mariska Hargitay was rushed to a hospital in New York last night after suffering chest pains. This is the third time Hargitay has been hospitalized since December -- the previous two times were… READ MORE >

- 1870 days ago
Hargitay's Lung Collapses Again

Hargitay's Lung
Collapses Again

TMZ has learned Mariska Hargitay's suffered a partially collapsed lung over the Xmas holiday and it collapsed again today.Her rep only would confirm that a partially collapsed lung has sidelined… READ MORE >

- 1921 days ago
Emmys 2006: '24', HBO, O'Brien Win Big

Emmys 2006:
'24', HBO, O'Brien Win Big

TV's annual festival of self-congratulation passed into history last night for the 58th time, and history will note that Fox's "24" finally got the recognition it deserved, that Conan O'Brien… READ MORE >

- 2790 days ago

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