Mariska Hargitay

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Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
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Mariska Hargitay in 2011
Born (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 58)

Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. She is best known for her role on the television series Law & Order, SVU. She is also the daughter of actors Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.[1]

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Hargitay plays Detective Olivia Benson on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Olivia is a sex-crimes detective who works with people and children who have been abused, assaulted, raped, molested, and otherwise victimized.

Hargitay was inspired by the sad stories she learned on SVU, and she created the real-life Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004. The Joyful Heart Foundation helps real-life survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mariska Hargitay on Life at Home with Husband Peter Hermann and Their 3 Kids: 'It's Happy Chaos'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2020-06-30.

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