Mariska Hargitay Net Worth, Background, Professional Career, Personal Life, Health Issues and Charity

Published Date   20th Jul. 2017, 00:27 am
Mariska Hargitay Net Worth, Background, Professional Career, Personal Life, Health Issues and Charity
Quick Info
Birth Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Date of Birth: 23/01/1964
Age: 57 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $45 million

Anerican actress Mariska Hargitay net worth rose as she became popular for her role as Olivia Benson on NBC drama series Law & order: Special Victims Unit.


Best known as Olivia Benson on Law & order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay earned multiple award nominations for the role. Mariska Hargitay net worth heightened as she made her debut in 1986 series Downtown. Moreover, she has appeared in a number of films and TV shows before she earned prominence as Olivia Benson. She is also the founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation that supports sexually abused women.

Birth and Background

Mariska Magdolina Hargitay was born on January 23 1964 in Santa Monica, California in the United States of America. She is an American aged 53 by 2017. Her father, Mickey Hargitay is a bodybuilder while her mother Jayne Mansfield is an actress. She grew up with her two elder brothers: Miklos and Zoltan. Apart from this she has three half siblings: Jayne Marie Mansfield, Antonio Cimber and Tina Hargitay.

Hargitay’s parents separated in January 1964, the same month and year she was born. Soon after, her mother married director Matt Cimber. After three months, Mansfield died in an accident along with her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and the driver. In the accident, 3 years old Hargitay and her brothers Miklos and Zoltan endured minor injuries. After Mansfield’s death, the three children grew up under the guardianship of their father Mickey Hargitay and his third wife, Ellen Siano.

Hargitay attended Marymount High School where she was active in cheerleading, student government, athletics and theatre. Among all, she enjoyed acting. Later, she joined University of California in Los Angeles in 1982—the year when she was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA. It was during her freshman year at UCLA and the win rose Mariska Hargitay net worth. She then joined UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television but left her studies soon after she began acting career. Hargitay enrolled in Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles under Kathy Griffin, which assisted to Mariska Hargitay net worth in later days.

Professional Career

After she won Miss Beverly Hills USA in 1982, Hargitay competed for Miss California USA where she ended up being the fourth runner-up. In the beginning, Hargitay appeared in music video for “She Loves My Car” after a year of which she appeared in a horror film Ghoulies.

In 1988, Mariska Hargitay net worth gradually rose as she earned recurring role in soap opera Falcon Crest. She also appeared in 1992 series Tequila and Bonetti and in one episode of Seinfeld. Similarly, she appeared in 1995 sitcom Can’t Hurry Love, 1997 series Prince Street along with a number of television programs. Some of them are Freddy’s Nightmares, Ellen, All-American Girl, Baywatch, Cracker and In the Heat of the Night.

Mariska Hargitay net worth heightened as she started appearing in small roles in film like Leaving Las Vegas and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. She has also appeared in Got Milk? advertisement in 2007.

Personal Life and Health Issues

Mariska Hargitay married actor Peter Hermann on August 8 2004. She gave birth to a son august Miklos Friedrich Hermann on June 28, 2006. The couple later adopted a daughter Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas Hrgitay Hermann in the year 2011. Her father died of myeloma at the age of 80 whom she thanked as she won Emmy in 2006.

Hargitay suffered partially collapsed lungs after performing a stunt on the set of SUV in 2008. She endured surgery but later came back to work. However, she was hospitalized as she complained of chest pain in 2009 missing tenth season of SUV.

Charity Work

Apart from acting in movies and series that accelerated Mariska Hargitay net worth, she also devotes time and money to charities. She founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 with an aim to support sexually and physically abused women and children. In 2010, the foundation sent over 5000 women and children on therapeutic program on New York and Hawaii that provides yoga, massage and swimming with dolphins.

Her organization has raised 20 million USD and helped 5000 survivors as reported in 2011. Similarly, she has worked with Michigan Police to raise awareness regarding statistics of rape cases. She is also the board member director of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Moreover, she has donated $100000 to UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television for scholarship. Additionally, Hargitay has donated $35000 to Obama Victory Fund on February 2012, the largest sum contributed till now.

Mariska Hargitay net worth

The beautiful actress known for her skillful acting Mariska Hargitay net worth has risen due to her uncountable remarkable roles in many television series and movies. Mariska Hargitay net worth according to recent calculations is $45 million. Her activism and charity works has played equally significant roles as her series in raising her net worth.

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