Mariska Hargitay

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Mariska Hargitay (born January 23rd 1964) Mariska Hargitay is a TV star who played Olivia Benson in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.

Acting career: Mariska Hargitay's film debut was 1985 horror 'Ghoulies' and the following year hit television with crime drama 'Downtown'. She also had a stint on the soap 'Falcon Crest', in 1992's 'Tequila and Bonetti' and an episode of 'Seinfeld'. Other TV shows she has appeared in are 'ER', 'Baywatch' and 'Gabriel's Fire'.

She was cast in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' in 1999 with Christopher Meloni, and even made her directorial debut in one episode of the show in 2014.

Personal life: Mariska Hargitay was raised in Santa Monica, California with her actress mother Jayne Mansfield and Mr. Universe father Mickey Hargitay. They divorced in 1963 before re-uniting and separating once more. Jayne died in a car crash when Hargitay was 3.

She grew up a Roman Catholic and went to Marymount High School, then UCLA. She then became Miss Beverly Hills USA before moving on to UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

Hargitay can speak five languages.

She married Peter Hermann in 2004, with whom she has a son named Miklos and two adopted children named Amaya and Andrew.

In 2008, she had to have surgrey for a collapsed lung during a TV stunt. She was hospitalized for related reasons the following year.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Mariska Hargitay arrives to catch flight out of Los Angeles

Mariska Hargitay - Mariska Hargitay carrying an oversized leather yellow handbag, arrives to catch flight out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th June 2015

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'Bad Blood' Video: Taylor Swift Borrowed $13,000 Worth Of Clothes From Sex Shop & Kept $5,000 Worth


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Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from a sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video. The 25-year-old singer reportedly borrowed more than $13, 000 in clothes from The Stockroom, an erotic boutique in Los Angeles. Although the majority of outfits were borrowed for the occasion, the star and her team kept around $5000 worth of clothing.

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video required $13,000 worth of sex shop clothing.

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NBC Upfront 2015

Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay - NBC Upfront 2015 at Radio City - New York, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay

NBC 2015 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall

Mariska Hargitay - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived to Radio City Music Hall for the NBC 2015 Upfront event in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

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Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T

2015 NBC Upfront Presentation

Taylor Kinney, Mariska Hargitay, Dick Wolf and Jason Beghe - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived to Radio City Music Hall for the NBC 2015 Upfront event in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

Taylor Kinney, Mariska Hargitay, Dick Wolf and Jason Beghe
Taylor Kinney, Mariska Hargitay, Dick Wolf and Jason Beghe
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Video - Ice-T Brings Along Wife Coco To 2015 NBC Upfront Presentation - Part 2


Rap legend Ice T, who stars in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', was spotted arriving on the red carpet at the 2015 NBC Upfront Presentation held at Radio City Music Hall in New York alongside his curvaceous wife Coco Austin.

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Video - Taylor Kinney And Mariska Hargitay Hit The Red Carpet At The NBC Upfront Presentation 2015 - Part 1


'Chicago Fire' star Taylor Kinney and Mariska Hargitay from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' were among the star arrivals at this year's NBC Upfront Presentation held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation Hosts Joyful Revolution Gala

Mariska Hargitay - Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation hosts Joyful Revolution Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals at Spring Studios - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 6th May 2015

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Man's World? Sofia Vergara Earns More Than Anyone - Even Kutcher


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Who said cutthroat corridors of U.S television was a man's world? Sofia Vergara has proved that the era of the disgustingly high-paid leading man (Laurie, Sheen) may well be over, by not only topping the highest paid TV actress list for a tired consecutive , but taking the top-spot overall.

Sofia VergaraSofia Vergara is the biggest earner in TV [Getty/Mark Davis]

The actress earned $37 million last year, that's some $11 million more than the top-earning TV actor Ashton Kutcher. The Colombian-born star earns a reported $325,000 per episode for 'Modern Family' - way off the reported $1 million per episode deal that Kaley Cuoco signed on 'The Big Bang Theory' - but Vergara's earnings come from endorsements and licensing deals with Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders, AT&T and Synthroid. As Forbes note, the actress is also the co-founder of Latin World Entertainment - a huge multi-million dollar episode.

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Sofia Vergara Declared Highest Paid Actress On Television For Third Year Running


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No surprises for guessing this one! Columbian actress Sofia Vergara has been the top earning actress on television for the third year in a row. The star who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on 'Modern Family' topped the Forbes list with $37 million from June 2013 to June 2014, with much of the revenue coming from endorsements and licensing contracts.

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Vergara at the Emmys last week

Vergara has appeared on the ABC sitcom since 2010, and has been nominated for five Golden Globes and four Primetime Emmys, but is yet to receieve an award. As well as her television role, she has also appeared in films including Machete Kills and New Year's Eve. In addition to acting, she is also a co-founder of Hispanic talent and entertainment agency Latin World Entertainment.

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Alec Baldwin Guests On 'Law And Order: SVU' In Hargitay's Directorial Debut


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Last night's episode of Law & Order: SVU was big news for the NBC drama: not only was Alec Baldwin welcomed as a larger than life reporter, but Mariska Hargitay, AKA Sgt. Olivia Benson, made her directorial debut. "Honored & humbled to have my name added to a long list of #SVU directors who have taught & inspired me over the years #grateful" tweeted Hargitay, who was greeted by praise and admiration.

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Alec Baldwin Made His 'Law * Order: SVU' Debut Last Night.

Nowadays the show, which is chugging through its fifteenth season, rarely makes the headlines unless one of its plotlines closely echoes a very big real life case. Last night's episode was the exception though, generating two Twitter hashtags: "#MariskaDirects" and "#BaldwinOnSVU." Baldwin's arrival was especially big new because the former MSNBC host, who had his show dropped, announced in February that he was leaving the public eye.

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Not Done Yet - Alec Baldwin Returns To NBC In One Off Cameo On "Law & Order: SVU"


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Then Alec Baldwin said he was retiring from the biz in that affected, woe-is-me letter recently, he obviously didn’t mean it literally. The actor returned this week in a minor role on Law & Order SVU, doing what he does best – being a jerk. Playing. Playing a jerk that is. Baldwin joined the SVU team (or rather, got in their way) as an over-eager, overly intrusive New York Ledger columnist who publishes inflammatory articles about a rape case being investigated by the SVU team.

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Alec Baldwin seemed to declare a hiatus from the biz recently, but he's back with a vengeance.

The episode kicks off with Jimmy MacArthur (Baldwin) shadowing Sgt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) for a profile. In the process, he manages to alienate a rape victim by questioning her story (it turns out that her rape was not motivated by her religion as the victim claimed) and publish a story, declaring the whole thing a “hoax”. Classy move, that one.

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Video - The Cast Of 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit' Film Scenes For Season 15


The cast of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' including Dann Florek, Mariska Hargitay and DANNY PINO who play Donald Cragen, Olivia Benson and Nick Amaro in the crime series respectively are seen filming scenes for Season 15 in New York.

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Video - Celebrities On The Red Carpet For Spielberg's Latest Film - War Horse World Premiere Arrivals Part 2


Steven Spielberg's new film, War Horse, received its world premiere at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York and the red carpet was filled with celebrities and the stars of the film alike. Thor actor Tom Hiddleston made an appearance on the red carpet, as did War Horse star Patrick Kennedy. Other stars on the red carpet included Law and Order actress Mariska Hargitay and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.

War Horse is about a friendship between a young boy and a horse, which is tested when the horse is shipped off to fight in World War One

Video - Mariska Hargitay and Andre Braugher Filming In Manhattan


Stars of popular crime drama spin off 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit' Mariska Hargitay (Lake Placid; Leaving Las Vegas; Plain Truth) and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Streets; House; Poseidon) are seen shooting on location in Manhattan for the upcoming series of Special Victims Unit. They film a scene on the steps of a large, white building.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit began in 1999 as the first spin off of the popular crime drama Law and Order. The 13th season of the show premiered on NBC in September 2011
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