Mariska Hargitay

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Mariska Hargitay
Birth name Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Born January 23, 1964 in Santa Monica, California, USA
Notable Roles Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Notable Episodes
Awards Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama (2005)
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Mariska Hargitay is an American actress born to actors Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is best known for her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Olivia Benson.

Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Downtown Jesse Smith 1986 1
Tequila and Bonetti Angela Garcia 1992 1
Can't Hurry Love Didi Edelstein 1995–1996 1
Prince Street Nina Echeverria 1997 1
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Olivia Benson 1999–  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Falcon Crest Carly Fixx 1988 7 8
ER Cynthia Hooper 1997–1998 4

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
In the Heat of the Night Spike 1x08 - ...And Then You Die May 3, 1988
Freddy's Nightmares Marsha 1x04 - Freddy's Tricks and Treats October 30, 1988
Baywatch Lisa Peters 1x03 - Second Wave October 13, 1989
Wiseguy Debbie Vitale 3x15 - Romp February 7, 1990
Thirtysomething Courtney Dunn 3x15 - Fathers and Lovers February 13, 1990
Booker Michelle Larkin 1x15 - Black Diamond Run February 18, 1990
Gabriel's Fire Carmen 1x10 - Windows November 29, 1990
Grapevine Katie 1x02 - The Katie and Adam Story June 22, 1992
Key West Laurel 1x04 - Less Moonlight February 9, 1993
Seinfeld Melissa Shannon 4x23 - The Pilot (1) May 20, 1993
All-American Girl Jane 1x19 - Young Americans March 15, 1995
Ellen Dara 3x27 - The Mugging May 21, 1996
The Single Guy Kate Conklin 2x02 - Mounted Cop September 19, 1996
The Single Guy Kate Conklin 2x04 - Kept Man October 10, 1996
The Single Guy Kate Conklin 2x07 - The Virgin November 7, 1996
Cracker Detective 1x01 - True Romance (1) September 18, 1997
Law & Order Olivia Benson 10x14 - Entitled (2) February 18, 2000
Law & Order Olivia Benson 10x15 - Fools for Love February 23, 2000
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Olivia Benson 1x11 - Day (2) May 3, 2005
Law & Order Olivia Benson 16x02 - Flaw (2) September 28, 2005
Chicago Fire Olivia Benson 3x21 - We Called Her Jellybean (1) April 28, 2015

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Finish Line Lisa Karsh January 11, 1989
Blind Side Melanie January 30, 1993
The Gambler V: Playing for Keeps Etta Place October 2, 1994
Night Sins Paige Price February 23, 1997
The Advocate's Devil Rendi October 5, 1997
Plain Truth Ellie Harrison October 4, 2004
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Herself January 16, 2005 Golden Globe Awards
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Herself September 18, 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards
The WIN Awards Herself September 26, 2005
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Herself August 27, 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show 143 September 17, 1999
Late Show with David Letterman Show 391 February 7, 2002
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Show 1108 February 21, 2002
The View 9/18/2003 November 18, 2003
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1899 May 12, 2004
The View 2/22/2005 February 22, 2005
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show 830 March 4, 2005
The View 5/3/2005 May 3, 2005
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show 911 July 25, 2005

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

(2 Nominations, 1 Win)

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama (2005)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Gracie Allen Awards

(2 Nominations, 2 Wins)

  • Won: Individual Achievement for Best Female Lead - Drama - Series (2004, 2009)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Primetime Emmy Awards

(8 Nominations, 1 Win)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Prism Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Performance in a TV Drama Series Episode (2004)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Satellite Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama (2000)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(6 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

TV Guide Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Favorite Actress in a New Series (2000)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Viewers for Quality Television Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series (2000)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Trivia

  • Her parents were Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield
  • Has two older brothers, Miklós and Zoltán and three half-siblings: Jayne Marie and Tony (from her mother's first and third marriages, respectively) and Tina Hargitay (from her father's first marriage)
  • Is of Hungarian, British Isles (English & Cornish) and German ancestry
  • Was in the car accident that killed her mother, Jayne Mansfield (along with her brothers) when she was 3 years old and was left with a zig-zag scar on one side of her head from the accident
  • Graduated from Marymount High School in 1982
  • Attended UCLA and the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma); she left the school before completing her degree when she started her acting career
  • Was crowned Miss Beverly Hills 1982
  • Attended Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles, California
  • Is fluent in English, French, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish
  • Married to Peter Hermann since 2004; they have three children: sons August (born in 2007) and Andrew (who was adopted in October of 2011), and daughter Amaya (who was adopted in April of 2011)
  • In late December of 2008, she sustained a partially collapsed lung after falling during a stunt on the set of "Law & Order: SVU" which required her to undergo surgery; she was hospitalized in March of 2009 after suffering from chest pains related to the injury
  • Is the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation organization which provides support to survivors of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence