Mariska Hargitay Biography

Updated On Feb 15, 2019 Published On Nov 11, 2015
Facts of Mariska Hargitay
Date of Birth: 1964 , January-23
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Mariska Hargitay
Birth Name Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Father Mickey Hargitay
Mother Jayne Mansfield
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City Santa Monica, California
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $ 45 million
Eye Color Dark-Brown
Hair Color Dark-Brown
Body Measurements 36-25-36
Weight in KG 66 kg
Married Yes
Married to Peter Hermann (m. 2004)
Children Amaya Josephine Hermann, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann
Education The Groundlings, University of California, Los Angeles
Movies Lake Placid
TV Show Law & Order
Siblings Jayne Marie Mansfield, Zoltan Hargitay, Tony Cimber, Mickey Hargitay Jr., Tina Hargitay, Venico Cimber
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American actress, Mariska Hargitay is well-known for her role the sex crimes detective, Olivia Benson in the NBC hit American drama series, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. She has earned several important nominations and also won a number of awards for her portrayal of the character; a character that managed to gather a cult following.

Early Life And Education Of Mariska Hargitay 

Mariska Hargitay was born Mariska Magdolna Hargitay in  in the city of Santa Monica in the state of California. She is the daughter of former-actress, Jayne Mansfield and former Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay, who is of Hungarian descent.

She has two older brothers and three other half-siblings.

Mariska Hargitay's Personal Life 

On 28th of August 2004, she got married to Peter Hermann. Peter is also one of the famous American actors and he is also one of the main casts of the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. They are happy to be each other loving spouse and have also welcomed a child together. Beside this one they have also adopted two more children. This is her only love affairs.

While Mariska was just three years old, she came alive from the car accident that took away the life of her mother. She was then raised by her father and then she joined Marymount High School. There she was active in theater and she was also the cheerleader. In 1982, she became the Miss Beverly Hills USA. She began her acting career since 1986 and that was from the television series, Downtown. Till now, she has appeared in more than two dozens of movies and television series. In 2013, for her role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she earned the salary of $400,000 per episode. Her net worth is said to be $45 million.

Mariska Hargitay facts on timeline

Born in Santa Monica, California

January 23 , 1964

 Mariska Hargitay was from the upper class family born as Mariska Magdolna Hargitay in Santa Monica, California, United States of America to Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. Her mother is also the former actress. She is an American and is of German, Hungarian and English descent.

Her mother died

June 29 , 1967

After her parents got divorced when she was just half year old, she was then completely raised by her mother. Her mother Jayne Mansfield was a renowned actress from the United States. While Mariska was just three years old, she came alive from the car accident that took away the life of her mother.

Graduated from Marymount High School


After the death of her mother, she was then raised by her father. Then she was enrolled at Marymount High School. There she was active in theater and she was also the cheerleader. She graduated from there in 1982. 

Was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA


Since the beginning of her childhood days, she was active in theatre and acting. She was also interested in modeling. When she was in her final year of her high school, she took part in Miss Beverly Hills USA and at the end she was crowned with this title.

Began her acting career


When once asked about her childhood dreams, she never pronounced the word acting but after appearing the Miss California USA pageant, she desired to begin her acting career and she made her acting debut in 1986 in the television series, Downtown. 

Won Primetime Emmy Awards


Primetime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really fells honored if they win this award. She has also been honored with this award once and that was in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Won Golden Globes, USA


For her role in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she got her first nomination in Golden Globes, USA in 2005. That year, she won this award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. She also got nominated in this award in 2009 from the same category but she was not honored with it. 

Became Star on the Walk of Fame

November 8 , 2013

It seems like; there is not the single award that she has not won from acting. In 2013, for her continuous dedication in the Television, she was honored with Star on the Walk of Fame. 

Married to Peter Hermann

August 28 , 2004

 Peter Hermann is love of her life. She got married with him on 28th of August 2004. Peter is also one of the famous American actors and he is also one of the main casts of the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

First child, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann

June 28 , 2006

She became mother for the first time in her life in 2006. She and her husband, actor Peter Hermann welcomed their first child together on 28th of June and it was son and they named him August Miklos Friedrich Hermann. 

Adopted a daughter

April 7 , 2011

After she and her husband welcomed their first child together they decided to adopt a child and they adopted one on 7th of April 2011 and it was a baby girl named Amaya Josephine Hermann. They also adopted another one six months later. 

Her father died

September 14 , 2006

Mariska Hargitay was born to Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. Her father was once the Mr. Universe and she was happy to have him in her life. On 14th of September 2006, he died from multiple myeloma.

Was diagnosed with collapsed lung


Till the start of 2008, she was the healthy woman with little bit of scars on her head which she got from the car accident when she was three. But at the end of 2008, she was diagnosed with the collapsed lung. She then underwent several surgeries.