For many TV viewers, Law and Order: SVU star Mariza Hargitay is likely to feel like a family. Over the last 20 years, we have been watching how detective Olivia Benson has solved heartbreaking crimes and fought for justice for the victims. In fact, the permanent NBC show is now linked to the original Law and order and Gunsmoke for the honor to be the longest live television.
But what some audiences may not know is that Hargitay comes from a famous Hollywood family with a tragic history.
Jayne Mansfield is the mother of Marisa Hargitay
54 years old Law and order the star is the daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and the actor and bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay.
Together with stars like Marilyn Monroe and Mamie Van Doren, Mansfield was one of the most famous blond Hollywood bombs of the 1950s and 1960s. She was known for her roles in movies The girl can not help, it will be Rock Han's success jumping, Wayward Bus, and God is for me, as well as her work on the scene and on television.
Mansfield also featured for Playboy and had serious talent for self-promotion. Known as the "working Man Monroe," he would make strategic defects in the cabinet and seldom refuse the opportunity to interview or publicly perform. Ninety percent of people at their wedding in 1957 to Hargitay were reporters, according to the Hollywood reporter.
"If it was not for Mansfield, then it would not be Kardashi today," the magazine said.
The tragic end
While Mansfield was a great star, its popularity began to decline in the 1960s. In 1967, she traveled from Biloxi, Mississippi, where she had recently performed, to New Orleans, when her car drove into the rear of the tractor trailer. Mansfield was instantly killed along with two other passengers in the front seat of the vehicle. She was 34 years old.
Three Mansfield's five children were also in the car – 8-year-old Mickey Jr., 6-year-old Zoltan and 3-year-old Mariska. All three survived the crash with minor injuries. (Their father, who was divorced from Mansfield, was not in the car at the time of the accident.)
How Hargitay handled her mother's loss
Hargitay said in interviews that she had no memory of a fatal accident but called her mother's loss at a young age "the scar of my soul." Although she was only three when her mother died, the actress says she feels Manfina's presence in her life.
"Someone once said that [remembering] my mother: "All you have to do is look in the mirror," said Hargitay magazine People. "He's still with me."
"The way I lived with loss is to lean into it," she added. "In my life, I've definitely tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things, but instead I've learned to really lean, because sooner or later you have to pay for the pepper."
How she wants her mother to remember
While Mansfield is best remembered for its curved attitude and breathtaking stunning appearance, Hargitay wants people to know that her mother is more than a sexual symbol.
"My mother was this amazing, beautiful, enchanting sexual symbol – but people did not know she was playing a violin and had 160 IQs and had five children and loved dogs," she said in an interview with People. "She was so far ahead of time, she was inspired, had a life longing, and I think I'll look at her."