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      Mariska Hargitay

      Mariska Hargitay

      Highest Rated: 100% My Beautiful Stutter (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Perfume (2001)

      Birthday: Jan 23, 1964

      Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

      American actress Mariska Hargitay came from Hollywood royalty but ultimately made herself a household name thanks to her portrayal of the compassionate but tough NYPD sex crimes detective Olivia Benson on the smash hit procedural series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Born on January 23, 1964 in Santa Monica, CA, Hargitay was the first daughter born to Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay and the actress Jayne Mansfield, a 1950s era sex symbol. Hargitay's parents had divorced in Mexico back in May of 1963, but a judge later found the divorce to be legally invalid. The couple reconciled a few months before Hargitay's birth, but were legally divorced when she was only eight months old. A few weeks after the divorce was finalized, Mansfield married director Matt Cimber, and Mickey Hargitay married actress Ellen Siano. On June 29, 1967, Mansfield was killed in a horrific car accident, along with her lover, Sam Brody, and their driver. Hargitay, then three years old, was in the backseat with her two older brothers when the crash occurred, but they all escaped without major injuries, save for a zigzag scar on the side of Hargitay's head. For the rest of her childhood, Hargitay was raised by her father and Siano. She attended Marymount High School, a private Catholic institution, where she was active in cheerleading, student government, athletics, and the theater program. After graduating high school in 1982, Hargitay decided to study acting at UCLA. She also competed in a few pageants, earning the crown of Miss Beverly Hills USA her freshman year of college. Soon, Hargitay began booking real acting jobs, and dropped out of school. She was first seen in the music video for Ronnie Milsap's "She Loves My Car," before making her film debut with a role in the horror comedy "Ghoulies" (1985). The next year, Hargitay was cast in a lead role on the one-hour adventure series "Downtown" (CBS, 1986-1987). Even though the series proved to be short-lived, it showed Hargitay that acting in television was a viable career option. She next enjoyed a 15-episode arc on the primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990) towards the end of its nine season run, playing the amazingly named Carly Fixx. She then became a series regular on the short-lived police procedural "Tequila and Bonetti" (CBS, 1992), and had a cameo on the season four finale of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Following an appearance in the Oscar-winning drama "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), Hargitay co-starred on the sitcom "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995-96). During the fourth season of the popular medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), Hargitay played Cynthia Hooper. However, the following year, Hargitay was cast in the role that would come to define her career, beating out Samantha Mathis and Reiko Aylesworth to play Olivia Benson, a tough but compassionate detective with a personal vendetta working in the sex crimes unit of the NYPD, on Dick Wolf's spinoff series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Though it was slow going, the show eventually became a cultural touchstone, and Hargitay was nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series eight consecutive years in a row, from 2004 to 2011, winning once, in 2006. To this day, "SVU" has outlived all of its other franchise counterparts, including the original "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) itself. Though Hargitay has appeared in other shows and films over the years, usually making a cameo as herself, there is no doubt that she will be best remembered as Olivia Benson.

      Highest rated movies

      I Am Evidence
      Lake Placid
      The Perfect Weapon
      Perfume

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      The View, Mariska Hargitay, 'Season 17', ©ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay, 'Criminal Stories', Season 15, Ep. #18, 03/19/2014, ©NBC The View, Barbara Walters (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'Season 17', ©ABC The View, Barbara Walters (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'Season 17', ©ABC The View, Mariska Hargitay, 'Season 17', ©ABC The View, from left: Barbara Walters, Mariska Hargitay, Sherri Shepherd, Diane Farr, 'Season 17', ©ABC The View, Mariska Hargitay, 'Season 17', ©ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay, 'Girl Dishonored', Season 14, Ep. #19, 04/24/2013, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay, 'December Solstice', Season 16, Ep. #16, 02/25/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tamara Tunie (L), Mariska Hargitay (C), Christopher Meloni (R), 'Harm', Season 9, Ep. #5, 10/23/2007, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay (L), Quinton Aaron (R), 'Disabled', Season 11, Ep. #17, 03/24/2010, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay, 'Intimidation Game', Season 16, Ep. #14, 02/11/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Whoopi Goldberg (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'Institutional Fail', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Elizabeth Marvel (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'Legitimate Rape', Season 14, Ep. #17, 03/27/2013, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay (L), Kelli Giddish (C), Danny Pino (R), 'Manhattan Vigil', Season 14, Ep. #4, 10/24/2012, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mickey Hargitay (L), Sophia Bush (R), 'Daydream Believer', Season 16, Ep. #20, 04/29/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Dick Wolf (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'Daydream Believer', Season 16, Ep. #20, 04/29/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, from left: Sophia Bush, Jason Beghe, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Scanavino, 'Daydream Believer', Season 16, Ep. #20, 04/29/2015, ©NBC Chicago PD, Jesse Lee Soffer (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'The Number of Rats', Season 2, Ep. #20, 04/29/2015, ©NBC Chicago PD, Jason Beghe (L), Mariska Hargitay (R), 'The Number of Rats', Season 2, Ep. #20, 04/29/2015, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet My Beautiful Stutter Executive Producer - 2019
      100% 95% I Am Evidence Unknown (Character),
      Producer
      - 2017
      No Score Yet 85% Stuck Narrator - 2012
      38% 46% Tales From Earthsea Tenar (Voice) - 2006
      No Score Yet 71% Plain Truth Ellie Harrison (Character) - 2004
      11% 51% Perfume Darcy (Character) - 2001
      47% 37% Lake Placid Myra Okubo (Character) $31.8M 1999
      No Score Yet 40% The Advocate's Devil Rendi (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Paige Price (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 17% Bank Robber Marisa Benoit (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 43% Blind Side Melanie (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 33% Hotel Room Tina (Character) - 1993
      36% 63% The Perfect Weapon Jennifer (Character) $11.8M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Time Romance Anita (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finish Line Lisa Karsh (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 13% Jocks Nicole (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 50% Welcome to 18 Joey (Character) - 1986

      TV

      Credit
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sgt. Olivia Benson (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Director
      1999-2024
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2018 2024
      No Score Yet 78% Law & Order: Organized Crime Capt. Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2021-2023
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2000 2005 2022
      67% No Score Yet Gutsy Self 2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2017-2019 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2014-2015 2018
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2017
      No Score Yet 60% Nightcap Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2014-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2015
      80% 88% The Jim Gaffigan Show Self 2015
      No Score Yet 88% Chicago Fire Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2015
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barefoot Contessa Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 85% ER Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1997-1998
      60% No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Paige Price (Character) 1997
      75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      38% No Score Yet Can't Hurry Love Didi Edelstein (Character) 1995-1996
      89% 92% Seinfeld Melissa Shannon (Guest Star) 1993
      0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Angela Garcia (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Falcon Crest Carly Fixx (Character) 1981-1990
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Courtney Dunn (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Debbie Vitale (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Lisa Peters (Guest Star) 1989