Mariska Hargitay Biography

Mariska Hargitay is a gorgeous talented American actress who is famous for her roles in movies in television series like Ghoulies, Downtown, and also in the television series, “Law and Order: Special Victims Units” in which she started working in 1999 and is still seen in it. Just a while ago, Mariska made a post on her Instagram account and shared that she was hospitalized for multiple leg injuries. Although, she didn’t clarify how she got injured or what was the reason behind her injuries that includes a broken knee, a hairline fracture in the ankle, and a torn ligament.

Early Life

Mariska Magdolna Hargitay, who is popularly known as Mariska Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California, in the United States of America. She is the daughter of a famous actor and a bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Hargitay. She has two older brothers named Miklos Hargitay and Zoltan Hargitay. Mariska studies as a student at her Catholic secondary school after which she attended Marymount High School. After graduating from high school in 1982, Mariska enjoyed acting and enrolled and attended UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She then attended Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles.

Mariska Hargitay Career

Mariska started her career by first appearing in the music video of Ronnie Milsap’s “She Loves My Car.” After a year, she was offered a role in the comedy-horror movie Ghoulies. She then appeared in the television series Downtown in 1986. In 1988, Mariska played a recurring role of the Carly fix in the soap opera Falcon Crest. She then played the role of Angela Garcia in the series Tequila and Bonetti which was released in 1992.

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She also played a minor role in the movie Leaving Las Vegas which was released in 1995. Mariska then started to appear as the main cast in the NBC police procedural television drama series named Law and Order: Special victims Unit which started airing in 1999. She still appears in the series even in 2021. In January 2001, Mariska was seen in the Got Milk? Advertisement with her son August.

Mariska Hargitay Biography

Real Name Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Birth Date 23 January 1964
Age (as of 2021) 57 Years
Birth Place Santa Monica, California, United States
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Religion Roman Catholicism
Sun sign Aquarius

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7.5” – in Centimetres – 172 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 65 kg  –  in Pounds –  143 lbs
Body Measurements 37-28-36
Bra Size 34C
Waist Size 28
Hips Size 36
Shoe Size 9.5 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Mickey Hargitay
Mother Jayne Mansfield
Sister Jayne Marie Mansfield, Tina Hargitay
Brother Miklos Hargitay, Zoltan Hargitay, Antonio “Tony” Cimber


School Marymount High School
College UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is she a Lesbian? Yes
Husband? Peter Hermann
Children Three (August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, Amaya Josephine Hermann)

Favorite Things

Hobbies Not Known
Favorite Memorable Meal Caprese salad at a restaurant called La Conca del Sogno on Amalfi Coast
Favorite Food Mac and Cheese
Favorite Gym Songs Start Me Up (By The Rolling Stones), I’m Yours (By Jason Mraz), Empire State Of Mind (By Jay-Z & Alicia Keys), Thriller (By Michael Jackson)
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Personal Life

On the set of Law and Order, Mariska met Peter Hermann with whom she fell in love and the couple got married in Santa Barbara, California on August 28, 2004. Peter played the recurring role of Defense Attorney Trevor Langan in the series. In 2006, the couple gave birth to a baby boy named August Miklos Friedman Hermann through an emergency C- section. Later in April 2011, the couple adopted a daughter named Amaya Josephine and in October 2011, they adopted a baby boy named Andrew Nicholas

Mariska Hargitay Net Worth

As a famous actress, Mariska earns an estimated net worth of $ 100 million USD which makes her one of the highest-paid actresses. In 2014. It was revealed that Mariska earns $ 450000 per episode of Law and Order and in 2018, according to Forbes, it was reported that Mariska earns $ 13 million USD just from her role in Law and Order by which it is estimated that she was paid $ 54000 per episode and now it is expected to have been increased.


  • Mariska’s father was labeled as Mr. Universe.
  • She was an active cheerleader, a member of student government, an athlete, and also a member of the theatre program in her high school.
  • In 1982, Mariska won the crown of Miss Beverly Hills USA.
  • Mariska dropped out of UCLA before graduating.
  • She can speak 5 languages like English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian.
  • She suffered from a partially collapsed lung after she fell down during a stunt on the set of Law and Order and had to undergo surgery.
  • Mariska lent her voice in the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City.

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