Mariska Hargitay is an American actress who is best known for portraying the role as New York Police Department Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the hit drama series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.
Mariska was born on 23rd of January, 1964 and has been active in the field since 1984. Here are 10 facts about her:
Net Worth & Earnings
Mariska Hargitay holds a whopping net worth of $50 million which she amassed from her successful career, executive producer and director. She earns a huge amount of $450,000 per episode of the Law & Order series which is helping her worth increase very fast.
Married to Peter Hermann
The 55 years old (as of July 2019) actress has been married to Peter Hermann since 2004 who is also an American actor. They have been in a lovely relationship for 15 years and also share three kids who represent the eternal bonding of the couple.
As we mentioned earlier, Mariska is a wonderful mother of three kids. Her children include two sons; August Miklos Friedrich Hermann (13 years old), Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann (7 years old) and a daughter Amaya Josephine Hermann (8 years). The three siblings are often seen together featuring on their mamma's Instagram account.
Parents & Siblings
The 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' star was born to celebrity parents. Her father Mickey Hargitay was a Hungarian-American actor and mother Jayne Mansfield was also a famous American actress of the past.
Hargitay has a total of five siblings among which two are siblings; Miklós Hargitay and Zoltán Hargitay and three are half-siblings; Antonio "Tony" Cimber, Jayne Marie Mansfield, and Tina Hargitay.
Suffered a Collapsed Lung
As the Law & Order is an action-based dram series, the casts have to do different kinds of realistic stunts on their own. Similarly, the talented actress Mariska also had to do the stunts on her own which is a great thing. But in December 2008, she fell during the shooting of a stunt and eventually suffered a collapsed lung.
After undergoing a surgery and taking leave for a while, Hargitay returned to work as nothing happened. But later on after some months, she again suffered from chest pain related to the lung injury which she had before which made her miss her the 10th season of SVU.
Plastic Surgery Rumors
The mother of three is rumored to have undergone the knife and have two plastic surgeries. The rumors for her surgeries include Chin Augmentation and Breast Job. However, the actress has always denied the allegations of having any sort of cosmetic procedures.
Mariska completed her secondary level education from Marymount Secondary School and her college level from the University of California, Los Angeles. Later on, she went to UCLA School of Theater Film and Television but left the college before achieving a degree to pursue a career in acting.
Founder & President of Joyful Heart Foundation
Peter's wife is the founder as well as founder of the 'Joyful Heart Foundation' which is a national organization that helps and provides support and empowerment to sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. She founded the organization back in 2004 and raised $20 million and helped 5,000 survivors in 2011. She has been handling and taking care of the organization with all her heart and dedication.
The Golden Globe Award nominated actress has a height of 5 feet 8 inches (173 m) with a weight of around 66 Kilograms (145 pounds). She has a body measurement of 37-25-36 inches (94-64-91 cm).
If you want to follow the beautiful director on social platforms, you'd be glad to hear that she is on both Instagram and Twitter. She has gained a 891k followers on Twitter where she has tweeted over 6,800 times. Moreover, her Instagram account has a followers' base of 1.5 million and posted 2,000+ posts on it.