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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.

Inside Mariska Hargitay's Tragic Real Life Story

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