Mariska Hargitay Is the Daughter of Hollywood Legend Jayne Mansfield—What to Know about Her Mom

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SVU fans may be surprised to learn that Mariska Hargitay’s mother, Jayne Mansfield, is a Hollywood veteran just as famous as she is (if not more.) Mariska, who has starred as Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999, is the daughter of bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and Playboy Playmate Jayne Mansfield.

Jayne and Mickey—who are also parents to Mariska’s older brothers, Zoltan Hargitay and Mickey Hargitay Jr.—met in 1956 at the Mae West Revue, where Mickey was performing at the time. They married in 1958, and the two went on to star in four movies togethe—Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Loves of Hercules, Promises! Promises! and L’Amore Primitivo—before their eventual divorce in 1964.

Along with Zoltan and Mickey Jr.,...

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