Guess who is turning 53 today??? Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mariska Hargitay is! For 18 seasons, she has portrayed Olivia Benson on NBC‘s Law and Order: SVU. Daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor Mickey Hargitay, she was born in Santa Monica California and made her feature film debut in the 1984 movie Ghoulies. In 1986, she was offered a small role in the drama series Downtown and has been working ever since. 

On August 28, 2004, Mariska married Peter Hermann, whom sh had met on the set of Law and Order. Hermann has a recurring role playing Defense Attorney Trevor Langan. The couple has 3 children,  August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Amaya Josephine, and  Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.

Join me in wishing this amazing actress a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, today and for many more years to come!

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