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Inside Mariska Hargitay's Tragic Real Life Story

Actress Mariska Hargitay has starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999. She has created such an iconic TV character in Detective Olivia Benson that Taylor Swift named one of her cats "Olivia Benson." As of this writing, Hargitay has a happy home life with her husband, actor Peter Hermann, and their three children, but it didn't come easily. She's had her share of tragedies, starting when she was just 3 years old. Here's a look at the real-life dramas she's faced.

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    Inside Mariska Hargitay's Tragic Real Life Story - Nicki Swift

    Inside Mariska Hargitay's Tragic Real Life Story - Nicki Swift

    Actress Mariska Hargitay has starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1999. She has created such an iconic TV character in Detective Olivia Benson that Taylor Swift named one of her cats "Olivia Benson." As of this writing, Hargitay has a happy home life with her husband, actor Peter Hermann, and their three children, but it didn't come easily. She's had her share of tragedies, starting when she was just 3 years old. Here's a look at the real-life dramas she's faced.

    The Truth About Mariska Hargitay's Famous Parents - Nicki Swift

    The Truth About Mariska Hargitay's Famous Parents - Nicki Swift

    Is any actress as much a part of the fabric of network television as Mariska Hargitay? The actress studied acting at U.C.L.A. in the '80s, according to The New York Times. In 1982, Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills, per PopSugar. She went on to compete in Miss California USA, proving that a knack for pageantry ran in the family — more on that in a second.

    Things You Didn't Know About Mariska Hargitay's Marriage - Nicki Swift

    Things You Didn't Know About Mariska Hargitay's Marriage - Nicki Swift

    Mariska Hargitay is one of the most recognizable faces in television, having starred as the gritty, commanding cop with heart, Olivia Benson, on NBC's hit series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for nearly two decades. But did you know she's married to Younger star Peter Hermann? The two share an almost fairy tale love story, and after more than 15 years together, their amazing relationship is basically the envy of every broken marriage in Hollywood. But how much do you really know about these two? Here are things you didn't know about their marriage...

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