January 23, 1964
57 years old
5 ft 7¾ in | 172 cm tall
37-28-36 in | 94-71-91.5 cm
65 kg | 143 lbs
9.5 US | 40 EU
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay was born in Santa Monica, California, United States, on January 23, 1964, is an American actress.
Young Mariska Hargitay first started acting during her years at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.
She made her big screen debut in horror comedy film Ghoulies (1985) in role as Donna.
She got her television debut in CBS crime drama series Downtown (1986) in role as Jesse Smith.
Her breakthrough performance came as Cynthia Hooper in NBC medical drama television series ER (1997–1998).
Jocks (1986) comedy opposite Scott Strader and Perry Lang
Finish Line (1989) sports drama with Josh Brolin and James Brolin
Blind Side (1993) thriller opposite Rebecca De Mornay and Rutger Hauer
The Advocate's Devil (1997) crime drama horror with Ken Olin and Gina Philips
Plain Truth (2004) drama mystery opposite Alison Pill and Thomas Gibson
Lake Placid (1999) action comedy horror with Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman and Oliver Platt
Night Sins (1997) drama thriller opposite Valerie Bertinelli and Harry Hamlin
Come the Morning (1993) drama with Susan Howard and Travis Knight
The Perfect Weapon (1991) action drama opposite Jeff Speakman and John Dye
She voiced Tenar in Japanese animated fantasy film Tales from Earthsea (2006).
Welcome to 18 (1986) comedy drama with Courtney Thorne-Smith and JoAnn Willette
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role as Detective / Sergeant / Lieutenant / Captain Olivia Benson in NBC crime drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ), also has received 7 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Downtown (1986) CBS crime drama series in role as Jesse Smith
Falcon Crest (1988) CBS soap opera in role as Carly Fixx
Tequila and Bonetti (1992) CBS comedy drama crime series in role as Officer Angela Garcia
Can't Hurry Love (1995-1996) CBS sitcom in role as Didi Edelstein
The Single Guy (1996) NBC sitcom in role as Kate Conklin the Mounted Cop
ER (1997-1998) NBC medical drama series in role as Cynthia Hooper
Prince Street (1997-2000) drama series in role as Detective Nina Echeverria
Chicago P.D. (2014-2016) NBC police procedural drama series in role as Sergeant Olivia Benson / Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Attended Catholic secondary school, Marymount High School.
Studied acting at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.
Attended Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles.
Has two older brothers, Miklós and Zoltán.
She was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in 1982.
She is a daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.
Good friends with Hilary Swank and Taylor Swift.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6328 Hollywood Boulevard in 2013.
Speaks English, Hungarian, French, Spanish and Italian.
She is founder and was the president of the Joyful Heart Foundation.
She produced and appeared in documentary I Am Evidence (2017).
She married Peter Hermann in 2004, they have three children, two of them are adopted.