Law and Order SVU star.
Born in 1964, Mariska was the daughter of Mickey Hargitay, a Hungarian Body Builder and Mr. Universe and Jayne Mansfield, a Blonde Bombshell in the 1950s.
They were the Barbie and Ken of their days.
Mariska, an award winning actress, mother, and philanthropist and activist who speaks five languages fluently, is true Hollywood Royalty.
Mariska is the founder and president of Joyful Heart Foundation, established in 2004 to help victims of sexual assualt.
The zig-zag scar on the side of her head is from the car accident in which her mother was killed. Mariska and her brothers Miklos and Zoltan were in the back seat with her as well. Both were uninjured. Their mother was decapitated. The accident occured near Slidell, Louisiana on June 29, 1967 when Mariska was 3 and 1/2 years old.
A true “overcomer”, she survived a collapsed lung garnered while doing her own stunts on TV’s Law and Order: SVU. Mariska was reared by her father and his third wife, was Miss Beverly Hills, and the fourth runner up in the Miss California USA pagent.
She got her TV start on Falcon Crest in the 80s, her first movie role was in Star 80. (I didn’t see it either!)
In 2008, whe was recognized as the “highest paid working Television actress” by the Guinness Book of Records.
You go girl!