Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.
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Benson And Stabler Just Blessed Us With A 'Law & Order: SVU’ Reunion Selfie
Huffington Post - 2 months
In some alternate universe, Christopher Meloni never left “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Detective Stabler and Detective Benson are happily married ― having finally acted on 12 seasons of sexual tension ― and the two are sipping iced tea (drink, not the actor) on a secluded beach somewhere.  On Tuesday, Meloni blessed us with a visual representation of this dreamscape by sharing a joyful selfie with his former co-star Mariska Hargitay. He captioned the photo, “Friends at Xmas.”  Friends at Xmas. A photo posted by Chris Meloni (@chris_meloni) on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:18am PST Despite Meloni’s abrupt departure from the long-running NBC series at the end of Season 12, the two actors seemed to have maintained a strong friendship since their days down at the precinct.  “She was always ready for anything new … There was always an unspoken shorthand to what we were doing. That makes it just so much easier, and off camera, as well,” Meloni said ...
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Reflections On Wednesday Night's SVU, The Stanford Case, And My Own Pursuit Of Justice After Sexual Abuse
Huffington Post - 4 months
Wednesday night's episode of Law & Order: SVU was one of those "ripped from the headlines" stories. Like many of you who followed the news back in June about Brock Allen Turner's six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University campus--and her statement that went viral--the storyline was familiar. His friends and family made excuses for his behavior. His father blamed the assault on a "culture of alcohol consumption and partying" and referred to it as "20 minutes of action." The lenient sentence, the victim-blaming, the focus on a perpetrator's future rather than that of the survivor who he raped and the impact on her life. The longing for justice and accountability, especially as in the end, Turner only served 90 days in jail. The Stanford case, as I said at the time, was "rape culture firing on all cylinders." But Brock Turner wasn't an isolated instance of a single judge making excuses, or a perpetrator evading accoun ...
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Celeb Men Join for Videos About Sexual Assault
ABC News - 4 months
Mariska Hargitay directs new PSAs that challenge notion "boys will be boys."
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Mariska Hargitay Endorses Hillary Clinton As The 'Law & Order' Candidate
Huffington Post - 4 months
Out of all of Hillary Clinton’s many celebrity endorsements, this one might just be the coolest.  Mariska Hargitay, better known in the “Law & Order: SVU” criminal justice system as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, endorsed the Democratic nominee for president in a powerful blog for Elle on Monday.  “I stand with Hillary, enthusiastically and with all conviction,” the actress wrote. “I can’t think of a more succinct rallying cry for the anti-violence movement than Hillary’s campaign slogan: Stronger together.”  Hargitay has long been a voice for sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors both on- and off-screen. She’s worked closely with the Obama administration, and specifically with Vice President Joe Biden, to bring attention to untested rape kits as well as resources and support for victims of abuse.  Given that Republican nominee Donald Trump has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault, Hargitay makes it clear that Clinton is the only candidate that will t ...
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Alec Baldwin Races Back to the Hamptons International Film Festival After his SNL Stint as Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
Alec Baldwin does a spot on, hilarious Donald Trump, grimacing his way through his current vulgarity against women. That's why SNL called him back to Manhattan this weekend even while he was hosting his baby, the Hamptons International Film Festival. By Sunday he was back east, at the annual chairman's reception, addressing the crowd including Alex Gibney, Mariska Hargitay, Bob Balaban and many others. This is, after all, his first year as co-chairman. And now he's announced that he wants to make a documentary about Peggy Siegal! In its 24th year, the festival thrives. On the second full day of screenings, panels, and other gatherings, the crowd was ebullient. Baldwin especially noted the 10th anniversary of David Nugent at the festival. The programmer has had a special knack for bringing top films to the festival; many have gone on to Oscars and other big awards. Some of the highlights of this year's festival are Manchester by the Sea, Lion, La La Land, Moonlight, 20th Century Wome ...
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L'Oréal, Gap, and Amazon Sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge
Yahoo News - 8 months
Today is the United States of Women White House Summit, a rallying cry for gender equality. There's a huge list of speakers, including famous faces like Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Amy Poehler, and Mariska Hargitay. President Obama gave an inspiring speech in which he referred to himself as a "feminist"; and later on today, Michelle Obama and Oprah will join in conversation on the topic (follow along here with the live stream).
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Kesha Praises Gaga For 'Bringing Attention To Sexual Assault At The Oscars'
Huffington Post - 12 months
Lady Gaga delivered an emotional performance at the Oscars on Sunday, bringing the audience to tears with her song "Til It Happens To You." The song, which is featured in the campus rape documentary "The Hunting Ground," ended with Gaga bringing out a group of survivors of sexual assault with messages written on their arms.  Kesha, who is currently involved in a lawsuit against her former producer, Dr. Luke, for sexual assault and battery, tweeted out her thanks to Gaga and Vice President Joe Biden, who introduced the singer with a powerful message of his own. Gaga has publicly supported Kesha in her legal battle against Dr. Luke.  thank u @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars. it hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons — kesha (@KeshaRose) February 29, 2016 Mia Farrow, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen DeGeneres and countless other celebrites took to Twitter to praise the outstanding segment:   Proud to stand by m ...
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2015, As Reviewed By Taylor Swift's Cats
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Imma let you finish, but Taylor Swift had a pretty good year. Not only did she come out of it making bank, she also became known for her friend-making skills and proved she's pretty much the nicest person who also happens to have four consecutive No. 1 albums. Still, could it be argued that someone -- two someones, in fact -- had an even more exciting year than Swift? Perhaps two someones who could enjoy all the spoils of a pop-star lifestyle while spending the majority of their day napping?  Yes, we're talking about Swift's two cuddly compatriots, her cats Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson. Throughout the year, they made appearances on tour, on her Instagram, even on her boyfriend's Instagram. Let's review the last 12 months through the eyes of some of the year's most famous felines.  Late 2014: Here, we see Taylor Swift's cats facing some limitations. There's video evidence that they appear to be lacking opposable thumbs, which would come in handy for opening treat bags. ...
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2015, As Reviewed By Taylor Swift's Cats
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Imma let you finish, but Taylor Swift had a pretty good year. Not only did she come out of it making bank, she also became known for her friend-making skills and proved she's pretty much the nicest person who also happens to have four consecutive No. 1 albums. Still, could it be argued that someone -- two someones, in fact -- had an even more exciting year than Swift? Perhaps two someones who could enjoy all the spoils of a pop-star lifestyle while spending the majority of their day napping?  Yes, we're talking about Swift's two cuddly compatriots, her cats Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson. Throughout the year, they made appearances on tour, on her Instagram, even on her boyfriend's Instagram. Let's review the last 12 months through the eyes of some of the year's most famous felines.  Late 2014: Here, we see Taylor Swift's cats facing some limitations. There's video evidence that they appear to be lacking opposable thumbs, which would come in handy for opening treat bags. ...
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The Salonniere 100: The Nation's 100 Best Party Hosts
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Just in time for the holiday party season, The Salonniere, the award-winning site dedicated exclusively to the art of party hosting, has released The Salonniere 100, a list of the 100 best party hosts in the United States. These are the fête-fabulous men and women who bend over backwards to entertain with such flair that their party invitations are the most coveted in the country. To compile the list, the editors at The Salonniere asked more than 1,000 in-the-know influencers - including society reporters and other members of the media, social figures, philanthropists, dignitaries, and arts, business and non-profit leaders - across all 50 states for a confidential list of the most skilled and gracious party hosts in their city. Those nominated most frequently were reviewed by an independent group of social authorities in the cities represented and members of The Salonniere's editorial team. Among the well-known party givers on the list are Lela Rose, Mariska Hargitay and De ...
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See Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo's Perfect Homage to Taylor Swift's Cats
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Taylor Swift's cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, got a special shout-out from their namesakes on Super Bowl Sunday. Mariska Hargitay (who plays Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU) and Ellen Pompeo (who plays Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy) blew Swift's mind when they posted a picture of ... Read More > Other Links From Mariska Hargitay Ellen Pompeo Taylor Swift
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mariska Hargitay
  • 2013
    Age 49
    Hargitay was awarded with the 2,511th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Her star is placed next to the star of her mother, which is located at 6328 Hollywood Boulevard. All award and nominations are for the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, except for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, won by Taylor Swift and all of the celebrities that appeared in the music video for her song "Bad Blood".
  • 2012
    Age 48
    On February 17, 2012, Hargitay made a donation of $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, the maximum individual contribution allowed by law.
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    In 2012, Hargitay campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    Hargitay won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as Detective Olivia Benson. She received UCLA's TFT Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and was honored at the school's June commencement ceremony.
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    On September 27, 2011, Hargitay donated $100,000 to her alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for scholarship.
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    According to Hargitay, the Foundation has raised $20 million and helped approximately 5,000 survivors as of April 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Reference to the Joyful Heart Foundation was worked into episodes of Special Victims Unit, via a necklace containing two pendants representing the Foundation that Hargitay's character began wearing in the show's 13th season. Hargitay has worked with Michigan Police and Wayne Country Prosecutor Kym Worthy to raise awareness about the statistics of untested rape kits. While planning to produce a documentary called Shelved, about the thousands of untested rape kits, Hargitay has said: is the clearest and most shocking demonstration of how we regard these crimes in our country. Hargitay appeared in the 17th season of NBC's The More You Know public service announcements in 2006, and again in the spring of 2009. She is an honorary board member director of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
    In April 2011, she and her husband adopted Amaya Josephine and attended her birth.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2011, she and her husband adopted a baby boy, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, who had been born in mid-2011.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    On March 3, 2009, she was hospitalized after suffering chest pains related to the injury.
    More Details Hide Details It was disclosed that she would probably need more surgery. Despite this, she missed only one episode on SVU tenth season.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    In late December 2008, Hargitay suffered a partially collapsed lung after taking a fall during a stunt on the set of SVU.
    More Details Hide Details She underwent surgery in January and returned to work shortly afterward.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    Upon winning her Emmy on August 27, 2006, Hargitay made a point of thanking her father for everything he had done for her in her life.
    More Details Hide Details Just 17 days later, on September 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, at age 80.
    On June 28, 2006, Hargitay gave birth to their son, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by an emergency caesarean section.
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    During the last months of her pregnancy in 2006, she took maternity leave from SVU, and was temporarily replaced by Connie Nielsen.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2009, after the show's tenth season, Hargitay and Meloni's contracts expired when they were reportedly making $375,000–$385,000 per episode. During negotiations in April for a new contract, the duo attempted to receive a percentage of the show's profits as other high-profile Law and Order actors had done in the past. It was rumored that NBC threatened to replace Hargitay and Meloni if they persisted in their demands. However, two months later it was officially reported that both their contracts had been renewed for two more years. When the thirteenth season was about to air, initial reports indicated that Hargitay would appear in only the first 13 episodes. However, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt later clarified that she would be in every episode of the season. As of August 2012, Hargitay was earning approximately $400,000–$500,000 per episode.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    Her voice is featured on the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Hargitay also had a minor role in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas, and briefly replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Dulcea, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, although her scenes were cut from the film and was let go when Fitzpatrick recovered from her surgery and returned to the film. In January 2007 she and her son, August, appeared in a Got Milk? advertisement. Casting for the lead characters of NBC police procedural television drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit occurred in the spring of 1999. Dick Wolf, along with officials from NBC and Studios USA, were at the final auditions for the two leads at Rockefeller Center. The last round had been narrowed down to six finalists. For the female lead – Detective Olivia Benson – Samantha Mathis, Reiko Aylesworth, and Hargitay were being considered. For the male role – Detective Elliot Stabler – the finalists were Tim Matheson, John Slattery, and Christopher Meloni. Meloni and Hargitay had auditioned in the final round together and after the actors left, there was a moment of dead silence, after which Wolf blurted out, "Oh well. There's no doubt who we should choose – Hargitay and Meloni." The duo, who Wolf believed had the perfect chemistry from the first time he saw them together, were his first choice. Garth Ancier, then head of NBC Entertainment, agreed, and the rest of the panel assembled voiced their assent.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Hargitay is founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization established in 2004 to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
    More Details Hide Details According to Hargitay, she was inspired by an encounter with a school of dolphins that surrounded her while she was swimming off the coast of Hawaii at the age of 15. The encounter, which had ignited profound spiritual feelings within her, was one that Hargitay hoped to share with others. As of November 2010, the Joyful Heart Foundation has sent over 5,000 women and children on therapeutic programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, which combine yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, and swimming with dolphins. According to Hargitay, I started getting fan mail from survivors who felt a connection to Olivia. In many of these letters, people would disclose their personal stories of abuse—some for the very first time. I remember getting the sense that many were living in isolation with so much shame, but the shame belonged to the perpetrators. I wanted to help find a way to help people reclaim their lives and live them with a renewed sense of possibility and hope. And that's what we work to do every day at Joyful Heart.
    On August 28, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California, Hargitay married Peter Hermann, an actor whom she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU, on which he plays the recurring role of Defense Attorney Trevor Langan.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    In 1997, Hargitay played detective Nina Echeverria on the drama series Prince Street, and had a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper during the fourth season of ER.
    More Details Hide Details Hargitay has appeared on numerous other television programs, including: Freddy's Nightmares; Ellen; All-American Girl; Baywatch; Cracker; Gabriel's Fire; In the Heat of the Night; The Single Guy; Wiseguy, and thirtysomething.
  • 1995
    Age 31
    Two years later, Hargitay portrayed Didi Edelstein, the sexy next-door neighbor, in the 1995 sitcom Can't Hurry Love, which starred Nancy McKeon.
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  • 1992
    Age 28
    She portrayed police officer Angela Garcia in the 1992 series Tequila and Bonetti, and appeared in an episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    In 1988, she had a recurring role as Carly Fixx in the soap opera Falcon Crest.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Hargitay said in 1986 that she never thought about doing television until a role for the one-hour adventure drama series Downtown was offered.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in numerous roles in film and television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused. Hargitay was born at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of actress and 1950s-era sex symbol Jayne Mansfield. Her father was the Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. Hargitay was raised Roman Catholic. She has two older brothers, Miklos and Zoltan, and three half-siblings, Jayne Marie Mansfield and Antonio "Tony" Cimber (from her mother's first and third marriages, respectively) and Tina Hargitay (from her father's first marriage). Hargitay's parents divorced in May 1963, but a judge later found their Mexican divorce invalid.
  • 1984
    Age 20
    In 1984, she appeared in Ronnie Milsap's music video for "She Loves My Car".
    More Details Hide Details A year later she had a small role in the horror film, Ghoulies.
  • 1982
    Age 18
    In 1982, after Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA, she then competed in the Miss California USA pageant the following year, placing fourth runner-up to Julie Hayek, who was later crowned Miss USA.
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    While a student at her Catholic secondary school, Marymount High School, Hargitay was active in cheerleading, student government, athletics, and the theater program. She enjoyed acting and enrolled at UCLA after graduation from high school in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA. By the time she was a freshman in college, Hargitay had an agent and several small roles to her credit. She attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television (where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma). She left before completing her degree when she began her acting career. Hargitay attended Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles. Her improv teacher was Kathy Griffin. Griffin stated in an interview, "We started class, and in the Groundlings curriculum, one of the first exercises you do is the cliched 'trust' game. I made everyone stand in a circle, with me in the center, and I said, being onstage, you have to trust your fellow actors, especially when you're an improviser. You're going to be there for each other, and they're going to be there for you. For example, I'm going to fall back, knowing that you'll catch me. Then I let myself fall backward, and sure enough, I was caught. Everyone gets out some nervous laughter, and then they all took turns doing it. By the time it got around to Mariska Hargitay, we'd already done it with ten or eleven students, and they had clearly gotten the point. Then it was Mariska's turn. 'Okay, Mariska, cross your arms in front of you and gently fall back,' I said.
  • 1964
    Age 0
    A few weeks later, Mansfield married the director Matt Cimber, who had directed her in a 1964 production of the William Inge play Bus Stop. On June 29, 1967, Mansfield was killed in an automobile accident on a stretch of U.S. Route 90 between New Orleans and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
    More Details Hide Details Her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and the driver were also killed. Asleep in the back of the vehicle, Hargitay, then three and a half years old, was left with a zigzag scar on one side of her head. Her brothers Miklós and Zoltán were also in the car, but escaped with minor injuries. After the death of their mother, the three siblings were raised by their father and his third wife, Ellen Siano. Hargitay dislikes comparisons with her famous mother and at age 18 said, "My dad was Mr. Universe, so it would be fun for me to be Miss Universe."
    In August 1964 her mother successfully petitioned the court to rule the Mexican divorce legal.
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