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Mariska Hargitay
Mother, TV Crime Fighter, Women’s Advocate

Mariska’s favorite quote (as stated on her website): “There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.” ~ Martha Graham

Mariska Hargitay is best known for her role on Dick Wolf’s drama, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, or SVU for short. She’s been Olivia Benson for twelve seasons, earning an Emmy, a Golden Globe, Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, along with five more Emmy nominations, three SAG nominations, and two more Golden Globe nominations.

It seemed as if as soon as Hargitay was originally handed the script to SVU years ago, she knew she would take the part. She says, “I thought the character was extremely complex and would be a challenge for me as an actor. The second I read the script, I was drawn to Olivia’s strength, passion, humanity, and her desire for change. But what most intrigued me was her past and how she could use it to help others face theirs.”

Rightfully so, Hargitay pulls her inspiration from true life victims who don’t have a voice, the women who are too afraid, or sadly unable, to speak out against their attackers to report their assaults. This was eventually what lead her to begin the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004, which has since helped more than 5,000 victims.

“SVU is a show about hope and new beginnings.”

Mariska with son August

Hargitay is married to actor Peter Hermann, who has a recurring role on SVU as attorney Trevor Langan. The couple has a son, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann.

Some of Mariska’s favorites?
Favorite ice cream: chocolate
Favorite actors: Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Robert Downey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman
Favorite actresses: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Swank
Favorite junk food: 70% dark chocolate
Favorite hobby: traveling
Favorite flowers: big fat garden roses, peonies, lilies

How can I get an autographed photo of Mariska?
Due to volume, I am unable to accept requests via email. If you would like an autographed picture, please send a SASE (Self-addressed stamped envelope—9×12 manila and an .87 cent stamp are perfect!) to:

Mariska Hargitay
1357 Broadway #321
New York, NY 10018

Requests without proper envelopes and stamps will not be fulfilled. Please allow at least 8 weeks for delivery.
**If you live outside the U.S., please use proper country postage.

Where can I send Mariska a letter via snail-mail?
Mariska Hargitay
1357 Broadway #321
New York, NY 10018

You can visit Mariska’s site by clicking here.

We also have two of Mariska’s written articles: Telling Amy’s Story, and Speaking Out Against College Rape.

~*~ Greenlee