- Name: Mariska Hargitay
- Born: 01/23/1964 (57 years old)
- Occupation: Actress, director, executive producer
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress best known for her role as New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay has starred in the show since 1999, and is the longest running cast member. For her role on the show, Hargitay has received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe.
The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and on television throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay’s work on that show led her to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support to people who have been sexually abused.
Birth Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
School: University of California, Los Angeles
Alias: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Mariska Hargitay quotes :
When I was in my early 20s, I had my hair permed. Bad idea! It turned into total frizz. My advice to women is, if you have nice hair already, don't get a perm, leave your hair alone!Mariska Hargitay
Everything has combined to make my life in New York an amazing experience. I told my manager a few years ago that I wanted to move here and try acting in the theater.Mariska Hargitay
I am grateful that I didn't let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness.Mariska Hargitay
You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect.Mariska Hargitay
Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciusness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.Mariska Hargitay