For the lovers of the drama series popularly known as Law and Order, they must be familiar with this great woman Mariska Hargitay. She plays a significant role in the NBC drama series in the Special Victims Unit. For those who have no idea of the role played by Mariska, she’s Detective Olivia Benson. Here is a quick summary of net worth, career and earnings of Mariska Hargitay in 2018.
Early life and Biography
The official names of Mariska Hargitay are Mariska Magdolna Hargitay. Mariska was born on 23rd of January 1964. And she finds her roots in Santa Monica, California in the United States of America. Both her parents, Mickey Hargitay (father) and Jayne Mansfield (mother) were actors and actresses respectively. Mariska has two siblings namely Miklos and Zoltan. Mariska was not lucky enough to spend much of her life with a mom since Jayne died when Mariska was just three years old.
Mariska schooled at Marymount High School where she became involved in the school’s theater program, student leadership, cheerleading among many others. After graduating in 1982, she decided to take acting more serious by joining UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. She later joined Groundling Theater School in Los Angeles.
Mariska got married to actor Peter Hermann on August 28, 2004. The wedding took place in Santa Barbara. She got her first son August Miklos Friedrick Hermann on June 28, 2006. They later adopted two children; daughter Amaya Josephine in April 2011 and a boy Andrew Nicolas Hargitay in October 2011.
Mariska had a health problem in December 2008 after falling while acting. She suffered from a partially collapsed lung and had to undergo surgery. Although the operation was successful, she was later hospitalized in March 2009 after having chest pains that were related to the fall.
She also has a foundation that helps abused women. She is primarily involved in charity work. Mariska lost her father on September 14, 2006, after a sickness. He died of multiple myeloma.
Career, Awards, and Nominations
Mr. Mariska was a role model to his daughter. She once decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined modeling. Although she was not able to win a grand prize like Mickey who was once crowned Mr. Universe, her first Crown was Miss Beverly Hills USA which she won in 1982. This was followed by a fourth runner-up in the Miss California USA.
These two awards exposed Mariska, and she started appearing in different music videos the first being ‘She Loves My Car’ in 1984. In 1985, Mariska played a minor role on Ghoulies which was a horror movie which served as her beginning in the acting career.
Many of the awards Mariska has won are primarily in the acting field. Some of these awards include the Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Awards. The two were awarded to her for the detective role she plays on the NBC Drama series Law and Order.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Mariska has a net worth of $60 Million. This is from her acting role in the drama series Law & Order: Special Victim Unit. She gets between $400,000 and $450,000 per episode. Her net worth is expected to continue rising as more shows, and re-runs of the drama series continue to air.
Mariska Hargitay is a true icon who has made it in acting business. Her dedication to acting has seen her fly high in her career. She is also kind-hearted as she is dedicated to giving back to the society through her charity work. The sky is the limit for Mariska Hargitay.