Mariska Hargitay brings the sexy back to TV, in Law and Order's Special Victim's Unit. Mariska is a great looking, very sexy woman, there is no denying that. But what people probably don't know is those sexy curves, great body and smoldering eyes are the culmination of two people who knew what real sexiness was all about.*Her mother was super sexy Jayne Mansfield, the big busted blonde bombshell who starred in many movies in the 1950s.
Mariska's father was Mickey Hargitay, a former Mr. Universe from Hungary.
* Hargitay's sexy, but unhappilly married parents divorced before she was even a year old.
*In 1967 when Mariska was 3 years old, her mother died in a car crash. She and her two siblings were in the back seat when the car slammed into a tractor trailer, searing off the top of the car. The three adults inside were instantly killed, but the kids were spared.
* Hargitay says she does not remember the horrific accident.
*Throughout school, she excelled. She was a cheerleader, and participated in student government and in athletics.
*She attended the University of California at Los Angeles for theater.
*In 1983, she appeared in her first movie with a bit part in Bob Fosse's "Dorothy Stratten."
*In 1985, she appeared in her second movie, the B-flick "Ghoulies."
Hargitay starred in a movie about her father's life as a bodybuilder, in 1988.
*For the next several years, she acted in several B-movies, such as "The Perfect Weapon."
*During the 1990s, Hargitay appeared in many TV shows including "Baywatch," "Wiseguy," "Key West" and "Seinfeld."
*Then a major break: In the role of Cynthia Cooper on the TV drama "ER," she literally cast a major glow. Based on that performance, she was given the role of the sexy Olivia Benson on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."
*"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" began in 1999, and is still having a successful run today.
* Hargitay has won numerous awards for her poignant portrayal of Olivia on "Law and Order." She won six Emmys starting in 2004 and two Golden Globe Awards, one in 2005 and one in 2009.
More facts about Mariska Hargitay:
*She has two half-sisters, two brothers and a half brother from her mother's three marriages.
* Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills in 1982.
*She enjoys traveling and often vacations in Rome.
*Hargitay is not only sexy, but smart as well. She speaks four languages: English, French, Italian and Hungarian.
*She has given theater a whirl. by appearing in Los Angeles productions of "Salad Days" and "Women's Work."
*Hargitay married actor Peter Hermann in August 2004, who did a guest stint on her TV drama.
*At the age of 42, she had her first baby, and still looks sexy hot today!
*She established a charity for abused children called the Spirit of the Dolphin. It helps kids to swim with dolphins in Hawaii.
Mariska was born the product of two sexy people, and brings the sexiness to Law and Order.