Quick facts
Birth date 23 Jan, 1964
Age 56 yrs
Occupations Television actor
Film producer
Film actor
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Santa Monica
Education UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The Groundlings
University of California, Los Angeles
Marymount High School
Gender Female
Description American actress
Spouse Peter Hermann[ M. 2004]

Mariska Hargitay, an actor, a producer and a director by profession, came to life on January 23rd 1964. She is a Native American and was born in Santa Monica, California, U.S. She was born to the parents Mickey Hargitay, who was an actor himself by profession and past Mr Universe as well and her mother Jayne Mansfield, who was also an actress by profession. Born in a family with background in movies,

Mariska had an active interest in acting since she was a child and later on she pursued her interest to make her career in acting. She had a troubled childhood as her parents filed for a divorce and separated when she was very young in age. However, her mother died in a car accident when she was young and later on she was taken care of by her father who grew her up. Mariska did her schooling from ‘Marymount High School’ and she started doing acting in various shows and also did cheerleading in sports events while at high school. She was known for her beauty with attractive figure, tall height and fair complexion and was crowned Mis Beverly Hills USA while she was still studying.

She later on joined UCLA School of Theater Film and Television for graduation but did not complete her education and dropped out of college to pursue her interest and career in acting. Mariska married her boyfriend and her present husband Peter Hermann, who was also an actor by profession. Later the couple had a baby as well and adopted 2 children to complete their family. The couple has been staying together since their marriage and is happy together.

According to her biography, Mariska started her professional career immediately after she was crowned with Miss Beverly Hills USA when she participated in another beauty competition but could not win the event. She then appeared in a music video in a short appearance and later on started working in short roles in some movies like ‘Ghoulies’, ‘Welcome to 18’, ‘Jocks’ and others. She debuted on TV with a role in the TV series named ‘Downtown’ and later on acted in many TV shows. She rose to fame with a TV show named ‘Law & Order’ where she appeared in a lead character. She started acting in the show in the year 1999 and continued till 2005.

Her role in the show was much appreciated and the show was an instant success as well. She won many awards because of the show. She got many offers later on from movies and TV shows and worked in over 40 movies and TV shows throughout her professional career. She has also appeared in some video games and in music videos like ‘Bad Blood’ which was released in 2015. Mariska has been winner of many prestigious awards like Golden Globe and Emmy Award and has been nominated several times for many awards.

She is also into charity work and is a member of many NGO foundations involved in social work. She wore a necklace in one of her TV shows which wore the name and mark of the foundation which she supported. She draws close to $5 Lacs in salary for every episode and has a net worth of around $30 million.

Last Modified: Feb 13, 2020

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