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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay returns for her third season playing Olivia Benson, an ambitious and emotionally vulnerable detective on Wolf Films/Studios USA's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

"As a woman, it's gratifying to play a part that's a multilayered challenge. Olivia is not only a competent, street-smart cop, she's an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism."

Hargitay is known to millions of NBC viewers from her recurring role on ER as Dr. Greene's (Anthony Edwards) girlfriend Cynthia Hooper in the 1997-98 season of the top-rated show.

Hargitay also gained notice as a cast regular in the sitcom Can't Hurry Love with Nancy McKeon and Louis Mandylor. Her additional television credits include guest roles on NBC's Seinfeld, Ellen and thirtysomething. She was also a regular on the popular series Falcon Crest and Prince Street. Hargitay was also seen in the telefilms The Advocate's Devil and Night Sins.

Her film credits include the thriller Lake Placid written by David E. Kelley and starring Bridget Fonda; the critically acclaimed Leaving Las Vegas, David Lynch's Hotel Room and Bob Fosse's Star 80. Hargitay will appear in the upcoming Michael Rymer film Perfume.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hargitay is the youngest daughter of screen legend Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles. The UCLA graduate speaks Hungarian, French and Italian.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Mariska Hargitay Facts

Birth Name Mariska Magdolina Hargitay
BirthdayJanuary 23, 1964 (60)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 7½" (1m71)  How tall is Mariska Hargitay compared to you?
Awards2006 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
2005 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama (for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
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Selected Filmography

Tales From Earthsea
Know It All
True Romance: Part 1
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order Special Victims Unit
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