Since 1999, Mariska Hargitay has played a police detective specializing in sex crimes on the NBC drama, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Earlier this year, she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a dramatic series. For the past two years, Hargitay has been nominated for an Emmy for best actress in a drama series.
Her mother was the actress Jayne Mansfield, who died in a car accident when Hargitay was only 3. Her father is the muscleman/actor Mickey Hargitay.