Mariska Hargitay

Actress Mariska Hargitay arrives at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
Mariska Hargitay's mother was actress and screen siren Jayne Mansfield, who died in a car accident in 1967.

Hargitay's first film was the 1985 horror flick "Ghoulies," but she got her start on television in the 1980s soap "Falcon Crest."

She guest-starred on TV series such as "The Single Guy" and "ER" before being cast on the Law & Order spinoff, "Law & Order: SVU" as Det. Olivia Benson in 1999. She has received three Emmy nominatios for that role.

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Hargitay and actor Peter Hermann married in 2004 and welcomed their first child in June 2006.