Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother. The children escaped with minor injuries. Her father remarried a stewardess named Ellen, and they raised the three children and gave them a normal childhood.
They also financially supported the children, since Jayne Mansfield’s debt-ridden estate left no money for them. In 1982, Mariska Hargitay graduated from the Marymount High School in Los Angeles. After graduation, she joined UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. However, she left it before completing her studies to focus on her acting career. To hone her acting skills, Mariska also attended the Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles. Mariska majored in theater at UCLA. Her first motion picture feature was the cult favorite, Ghoulies (1984), where she gave a memorable performance as Donna.
Unlike her mother Jayne, who had changed her name, her hair color, and did nude pictorials to become a star, Mariska took a very different approach on her journey to become a star. She rejected advice to change her name and appearance. And she refused to copy her mother’s sexy image by turning down nude scenes in her next film Jocks (1986). She told casting directors that she was her own person when she held onto her dark locks and athletic figure, when they were expecting another blond, buxom Jayne Mansfield. Mariska continued with her acting classes and waited on tables, while she landed forgettable roles in short-lived television shows.
|Full Name||Mariska Magdolna Hargitay|
|Nick Name||Bubbles, Maria, Marish, Mackie|
|Birth Place||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Date of Birth||January 23, 1964|
|Net Worth||US$400 Million|
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|Family Name / Cast||Hargitay|
|Father Name||Mickey Hargitay|
|Mother Name||Jayne Mansfield|
|Brother Name||Miklos Hargitay, Zoltan Hargitay , Antonio “Tony” Cimber|
|Sister Name||Jayne Marie Mansfield, Tina Hargitay|
|Husband or Wife Name||Peter Hermann|
|Children Name||Amaya Josephine Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann|
- Maria Bello –
- Lance Young (1992)
- Peter Hermann (2002-Present)
“Everything has combined to make my life in New York an amazing experience. I told my manager a few years ago that I wanted to move here and try acting in the theater. Then this show came up. Now I’m in this show that means something to me and a lot of other people”.