Wildcatter Profile: Mariska Hargitay

American actress, producer, director, and philanthropist

Mariska Hargitay: American actress, producer, director, and philanthropist

  • Daughter of Jayne Mansfield (American film, theater, and television actress) and Mickey Hargitay (Hungarian-American actor and the 1955 Mr. Universe).

  • Hargitay began acting in high school and was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in the early 80s. She left college early to join the Groundlings improv group in Los Angeles. Soon after, she began appearing in smaller roles on television.

  • She is most famous for playing the role of Olivia Benson in all 20 seasons of the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

  • She became a producer for the show during its 15th season and has even directed a handful of episodes.

  • She makes $450 thousand per episode and has a net worth of $50 million.

  • She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, six Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She has won one Emmy and one Golden Globe, among multiple other honors.

  • In 2004, she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

  • Since their inception, they have raised $32 million and leveraged more than $115 million in donated goods and services. They have served more than 18,500 survivors and healing professionals as well as connected over 3.9 million visitors to their website and social media to resources and life-saving help… and much more.