Mariska Hargitay

Actress 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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Mariska Hargitay advocates for sexual assault victims in documentary 'I Am Evidence'
LATimes - 3 months
When Mariska Hargitay took on the role of Det. Olivia Benson on the NBC series “Law & Order: SVU,” she didn’t expect the letters from sexual assault survivors that started pouring in. It became Hargitay’s mission, through her Joyful Heart Foundation, to advocate for survivors, including tackling...
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We Just Realized Mariska Hargitay Is Married to 'Younger' Star Peter Hermann
Yahoo News - 6 months
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'Law & Order' Fanatics Will LOVE This Guy's Tattoo
Huffington Post - 11 months
“The dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.” And one dedicated “Law & Order: SVU” superfan is a member of an elite squad known to us as “heroes.” Bernard Johnson, a New Orleans-based “SVU” fanatic, is going viral for his epic lower back tattoo, one that any fan of the “Law & Order” universe will understand. This is the best Snapchat I will ever receive pic.twitter.com/wSlwYW9S4B — Sophie Kleeman (@sophiekleeman) April 9, 2017 You don’t need to have seen every episode to get the genius behind this tat. But only a serious, USA marathon-watching, favorite episode-having devotee would understand the desire to permanently host creator and executive producer Dick Wolf’s famous credit on their lower back.  Not only is Wolf’s name awesome, but his credit appears after every episode of the original “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU, “Law & Order: Criminal Inte...
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A Beginner's Guide To Isabelle Huppert
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Benson And Stabler Just Blessed Us With A 'Law & Order: SVU’ Reunion Selfie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 accou...
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Celeb Men Join for Videos About Sexual Assault
ABC News - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 ...
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Alec Baldwin Races Back to the Hamptons International Film Festival After his SNL Stint as Trump
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 Wom...
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L'Oréal, Gap, and Amazon Sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge
Yahoo News - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 ...
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2015, As Reviewed By Taylor Swift's Cats
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 2 years
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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mariska Hargitay
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    Hargitay was awarded with the 2,511th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8, 2013.
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  • 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.
    In 2012, Hargitay campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • 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.
    On September 27, 2011, Hargitay donated $100,000 to her alma mater, the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for scholarship.
    According to Hargitay, the Foundation has raised $20 million and helped approximately 5,000 survivors as of April 2011.
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    In April 2011, she and her husband adopted Amaya Josephine and attended her birth.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    On March 3, 2009, she was hospitalized after suffering chest pains related to the injury.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    On June 28, 2006, Hargitay gave birth to their son, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by an emergency caesarean section.
    During the last months of her pregnancy in 2006, she took maternity leave from SVU, and was temporarily replaced by Connie Nielsen.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    Her voice is featured on the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    In 1988, she had a recurring role as Carly Fixx in the soap opera Falcon Crest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 20
    In 1984, she appeared in Ronnie Milsap's music video for "She Loves My Car".
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 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.
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    In August 1964 her mother successfully petitioned the court to rule the Mexican divorce legal.
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