Mariska Hargitay is an American actress, famous for her active role as Detective Olivia Benson in the drama series, Law and Order which attracted multiple awards including a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe awards. Mariska Hargitay Net Worth 2021, Biography, Education, and Career. Continue reading for more details.
She founded the ‘Joyful Heart Foundation’, which provides aid to sexually abused women and those who suffered from child abuse. She is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Personal Life and Biography
Mariska was born in the city of Santa Monica in the state of California. She was born to parents, Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield.
Her father is a bodybuilder/actor and her mother is an actress. She is of Hungarian and German descent.
She had a rough childhood because of her parent’s divorce followed by her mother’s death in an automobile accident. Her mother died when Mariska was 3 years old. She was raised in a Roman Catholic family.
She married actor Peter Hermann on August 28, 2004, with whom she has a biological child and two adopted children.
In 2008, she suffered from a partly collapsed lung after she fell while doing a stunt on set. She underwent surgery for the same and returned to work soon afterward.
She founded the ‘Joyful Heart Foundation’, that provides aid to sexually abused women and those who suffered from child abuse. She is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
She donated around $100,000 to the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for a scholarship. She also made a donation of $35,800 to the ‘Obama Victory Fund’.
She attended Marymount High School. She graduated from there in 1982. Afterward, she attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television but didn’t complete her course there.
Furthermore, she joined Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
In 1986, she was cast in the popular crime drama television series, ‘Downtown’, followed by a small appearance in an episode of ‘In the Heat of the Night’ two years later.
She was seen in an episode of ‘Freddy’s Nightmare’, where she played the role of Marsha Wildmon, in 1988.
The same year, she was cast in the American primetime soap opera, ‘Falcon Crest’. The next year, she appeared in the film, ‘Finish Line’.
From 1989 to 1991 she was seen in a number of television series doing small roles including ‘Baywatch’, ‘Wiseguy’, ‘Thirtysomething’, ‘Booker’, and ‘Gabriel’s Fire’.
She played the role of a police officer, ‘Angela Garcia’ in the 1992 series, ‘Tequila and Bonetti’. She also appeared in an episode of the hit American series, ‘Seinfeld’.
1995 proved to be an extremely busy year for the actress as she appeared in ‘Can’t Hurry Love’ and in an episode of ‘All American Girl’ as ‘Jane’. She also had a brief role in the Nicolas Cage film, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ the same year.
From 1996 to 1997, she starred in a number of television series and television films including, ‘The Single Guy’, ‘Prince Street’, ‘Cracker’, and the television films ‘Night Sins’ and ‘The Advocate’s Devil’.
She had a recurring role as ‘Cynthia Hooper’ on the popular, primetime series, ‘ER’, where she was seen in a total of 13 episodes from 1997 to 1998. The next year, she starred in a comedy television anthology, ‘Love, American Style’.
Mariska Hargitay Net Worth
Mariska Hargitay is an American actress who has a net worth of $50 million.
Hargitay got one of her biggest career breakthroughs when she was cast as one of the lead characters of the NBC crime drama series, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, in 1999.
The same year, she also appeared in one of her career flop films, ‘Lake Placid’.
In 2001, she played the role of ‘Darcy’ in ‘Perfume’, a story about the fashion industry in New York.
In 2004, she was seen in the television film, ‘Plain Truth’, where she portrayed the role of ‘Ellie Harrison’.
From 2006 to 2008, she was cast in the movies ‘Tales from Earthsea’ and made a cameo appearance in ‘The Love Guru’, respectively. Two years later, she played herself on ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List’.
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