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Detective Olivia Benson, AKA ‘Mariska Hargitay’ was born on January 23, 1964, is a daughter of Jayne Mansfield a very successful actress. Jayne Mansfield was a major Hollywood sex symbol during the 1950s and 1960s, she dies in a terrible car accident.

Mariska was only three-years-old when she lost her mother. 

Mariska follows her mother’s footsteps, and start it by winning her first Beauty Pageant title. Her breakthrough role in ‘Law & Order’ gained her worldwide popularity. She has her own ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame star’ right next to her mother.




Name Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Occupation Actress* Executive Producer* Director
Autograph Mariska Hargitay Autograph
Website mariskahargitay.com
Net Worth

(How much is Mariska Hargitay worth?)

$50 Million USD

(How much does Mariska Hargitay make?)

$450,000 USD per episode


Personal Info


Name Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Nickname Marish, Mackie, Maria
Date of Birth (Age)

(How old is Mariska Hargitay?)

January 23, 1964 (54-year-old)
Place of Birth Santa Monica, California

(Where is Mariska Hargitay from?)

Santa Monica, California

(How tall is Mariska Hargitay?)

1.72m (5 foot 7¾ inches)
Weight 143lbs (65kg)
Body Measurements 37-28-36
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dar Brown
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Nationality American
Ethnicity Hungarian, white
Religion Roman Catholic
Sexual Orientation

(Is Mariska Hargitay gay?)

Straight (Can be a bisexual)
Status Married


Mariska Hargitay Family


Father Mickey Hargitay (Mr. Universe/Actor)


(Who is Mariska Hargitay mother?)

Jayne Mansfield (Actress)
Brother Miklos Hargitay (Older Brother)

Zoltan Hargitay (Older Brother)

Antonio Cimber (Younger Half-Brother from her mother’s first marriage)

Sister Jayne Marie Mansfield (Older Half-Sister from her mother’s third marriage)

Tina Hargitay (Younger Half-Sister from her father’s first marriage)


Mariska Hargitay Family
Siblings, Father, and Mother [Mariska Hargitay Family]

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Mariska Hargitay Dating History



Maria Bello- Mariska can be a bisexual if the rumor of her being in a relationship with Maria her best friend is true. The rumors of Mariska being in a lesbian relationship was all over the place in the late 90s.

In 2013 Maria Bello came out as gay did nothing but making those rumors believable.

Lance Young- Mariska was in a serious relationship with the director Lance Young. She engaged Lance in 1992, however, their relationship did not last long and they end up canceling their engagement.



(Who is Mariska Hargitay married to?)

Peter Hermann- Mariska and Peter met each other on the set of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in 2002.  In just two years of dating, they got married.


Mariska Hargitay Husband and kids (From left) Andrew, Mariska, Peter, Amaya, and August
Mariska Hargitay Husband and kids (From left) Andrew, Mariska, Peter, Amaya, and August (Image Source)


Does Mariska Hargitay have children?


Peter and Mariska are married since 2004; they had three beautiful kids together. She gave birth to her first son August, (full name: August Miklos Friedrich Hermann), in 2006, due to some complication she had to give birth through C-section surgery. As of 2018, August is 12-year-old.

In 2011, they adopted two of their kids, first a daughter name Amaya (full name: Amaya Josephine Hermann), then a son Andrew (full name: Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann). As of 2018, both of them are 7-year-old.


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Mariska Hargitay Car Accident


There was a horrible car accident took place in 1967, that tragically ended the life of Jayne Mansfield, and her boyfriend Samuel S. Brody, and the driver. Miraculously, the three kids of Jayne, Mariska Hargitay, Miklos, and Zolton survived.

The kids were asleep in the back of the seat when the accident happen.

All of them survived and had some minor injuries. Mariska Hargitay still has a scar on his head that she got from the accident.

Jayne Mansfield Car Accident Mariska Hargitay
Jayne Mansfield Car Accident Mariska Hargitay (Image Source)


Years later when an interviewer asks Mariska if she remembers anything from the accident, she says, “Nothing from that day, honestly, I remembered my mom as we used to sleep together, she used to rub her head against mine.”

 She added, “In some ways, being the daughter of a Hollywood icon has been a burden. I used to hate constant references to my mom because I wanted to be known for myself.”

“Losing my mother at such a young age is the scar of my soul.”


Mariska Hargitay Fashion and Style


More than 17 years, Mariska Hargitay is living on our TV Screen as the badass detective, ‘Olivia Benson’ on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  Those who are a diehard fan of the series will know how much Mariska has evolved through these past years.

Her sense of style and looks are other things that have evolved with her.  From pixies cut and layers to center-parted layers, and bangs. She was never afraid to change; she is ready to switch up her look, whenever it is needed.

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Evolution of Mariska Hargitay Hairstyles


Mariska Hargitay Filmography


Hargitay started out her career as a Model, she did not like the way people compare her to her mother Jayne. She has said, “My dad was Mr. Universe, so it would be cool if I became Mrs. Universe.”  

Therefore, Mariska chooses to model and has won over several pageants and beauty contest. However, destiny has its own plan.

A few years later, she went in to audition for a crime-drama series, called, ‘Downtown’ on saying of her friend. Through that show, Mariska entered the small screen business, after it she was seen in a minor role, ‘In the Heat of the Night.’

Downtown Cast Mariska Hargitay
Downtown Cast Mariska Hargitay (Image Source)


In 1988, Mariska appeared in an episode of, ‘Freddy’s Nightmare’ as “Marsha Wildom.” The same year she was cast in a soap opera, ‘Falcon Crest.’ From 1989 she appeared in many television sitcoms such as- ‘Baywatch’, ‘Wiseguy’, ‘Thirty Something’ and many more.

The year 1995, turn out to be a great year for her career, as she constantly keeps working on projects back to back. Mariska was in, ‘Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘All American Girl’ and, ‘Leaving Las Vegas.’

In 1999, Mariska got one of the biggest career breakthrough roles of, ‘Olivia Benson’ in the hit crime-thriller series, ‘Law & Order: SVU.’


Mariska Hargitay TV Shows


Title Role Year
Downtown Jessie Smith 1986
Baywatch Lisa Peters 1989
Tequila and Bonetti Officer Angela Garcia 1992
ER Cynthia Hooper 1997-1998


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Mariska Hargitay Movies


Title Role Year
Ghoulies Donna 1985
Welcome to 18 Joey 1986
Mr. Universe As Mickey Hargitay’s Daughter AKA Herself 1988
Lake Placid Myra Okubo 1999
Perfume Darcy 2001
The Love Guru Did a cameo as Mariska Hargitay 2008


Hargitay also did some voice acting in, ‘Tales from Earthsea.’ She was the voice of a character name, ‘Tenar.’ In 2017 releases a documentary, about Mariska Hargitay called, ‘I am Evidence.’


Mariska Hargitay Foundation


In 2004, Mariska Hargitay took her commitment to a higher and more personal level by founding the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

The support survivors’ healing, and to end this violence forever. If you want to support her foundation or any information you need about this foundation, go to their official website, joyfullheartfoundation.org.

“Over half a million women are raped in this country every year, and only a fraction of them report it because they’re too ashamed. It’s a really screwed up world, but it is not your fault, and what happened to you, it doesn’t make you the monster,” Says Mariska Hargitay.


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