Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

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Birthday: 1964-01-23
Born: Santa Monica, California, United States

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Mariska Hargitay Magdolna - American actress, primarily known for her role as Detective Olivia actress gets 7 nomination for "Emmy" and two nominations for the "Golden Globe " in 2005 and 2009.

Mariska - the daughter of actor and bodybuilder, former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitey who has Hungarian origin and actress Jayne Mansfield sex symbol of the 1950s, who had a dream to become a new Marilyn Monroe, but at 34, died in a car crash. Mariska , as well as two of her brothers Miklos and Zoltan , survived the accident, but she remained with a lifelong zigzag scar on her head. Children were raised by their father and his third wife. Her name Mariska is a diminutive form of the name Mary. Marishka has 2 step-sisters and step-brother.

In 1982 Mariska Hargitay won a beauty contest "Miss Beverly Hills" and took fourth place in the contest "Miss California", after which the actress started her career. Mariska entered the theater department of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and began her acting career at the age of 20 with her debut role in the horror comedy "Gremlins". Her debut on television began with a pretty big role in a drama series on 60 minutes «Downtown».

Her future husband, the actor and screenwriter Peter Hermann Mariska met on the starring of «Law & Order: SVU», where he played defense representative Trevor Lengana. They married in 2004 - the same year, when she established the organization "Heart full of joy/Joyful Heart Foundation» which helps women to recover after sexual violence. This famous American protection organization supports women and children from violence and from domestic tyranny. She is also a volunteer adviser. Mariska Hargitay speaks Hungarian, French, Spanish and Italian. Her first language is English. The family lives between New York and Los Angeles.