In light of the fact that ‘Law & Order: SVU’ was renewed for its 21st season, making it the longest-running primetime live-action series in television history, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase the star of the show, Mariska Hargitay. Mariska Hargitay has simply become synonymous with Olivia Benson. Having been the star of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ since 1999, she stole the show with her iconic character Detective Olivia Benson. Even Taylor Swift named one of her cats “Olivia Benson.”
Hargitay may be happy now, but if you could rewind her life back to when she was young, you wouldn’t predict such a successful outcome. The woman has had her share of tragedies, and it all started when she was just 3 years old. From death in the family to major pitfalls in her personal life, she’s risen up to become a successful actress, married to her co-star and raising three beautiful children. Mariska has become her own star on her own accord, but she was still a part of one of Hollywood’s most remarkable stories. Here’s a look into the real-life drama of Mariska Hargitay.
The Daughter of Famous Parents
Mariska Hargitay’s mother was the classic Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield, who was known for her roles in ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ and ‘Playgirl After Dark.’ She was the embodiment of the “blonde bombshell.”
Her father was also well-known – Mickey Hargitay, a bodybuilder, actor, and a former Mr. Universe. Mickey and Jayne met in 1956 when she noticed him in Mae West’s nightclub and apparently told a server, “I’ll have a steak and the man on the left.”