American television actress Mariska Hargitay who is popular for her appearance as Olivia Benson, a detective/ sergeant on the show ‘Law & Order.’ Now let’s have a close look at Mariska Hargitay’s net worth in 2018.
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay was born in the year 1964 on the 23rd of January in California to Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay. Both of her parents had been popular personalities at a time. Her mother in 1950s was a sex symbol, whereas her father was a former Mr. Universe.
She was raised as a Roman Catholic and has two more siblings and three half-siblings. Her parents got divorced in the year 1963, but because their Mexican divorce was rendered invalid, they came together for Mariska’s birthday and then got separated again later.
Mariska went to Marymount High School which was a Catholic secondary school. In her school days, she was active in extracurricular activities like cheerleading, athletics, theatre, as well as student government. She was passionate about acting and joined UCLA after she graduated from high school.
She completed high school in 1982 and became the ‘Miss Beverly Hills’ in the same year. When she was still in her freshman year, she not only had an agent but had also done multiple small roles. She left UCLA in between and started her acting career.
Mariska married her co-star from ‘Law and Order’ Peter Hermann in 2004, the couple had their first child in 2006, adopted two more kids in 2011.
After being crowned ‘Miss Beverly Hills,’ and leaving college midway, Mariska got into acting and became a part of the Groundlings improv group, thus appearing on multiple shows in small roles. She featured in ‘Falcon Crest,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Tequila and Bonetti’, and ‘ER.’
The breakthrough in her career came in 1999 when she got the chance to appear on the show ‘Law & Order’ and play the character of Olivia Benson, a detective investigating sex crime cases. She was one of the few characters who were a part of the 19 seasons of the show and won a series of awards and nominations for the same.
She formed the ‘Joyful Heart Foundation’ after essaying the character of Olivia Benson. The organization was founded to help women who are survivors of sexual abuse. Apart from her acting and some social work, she has also been into direction and directed a few episodes of Law and Order.
Awards & Achievement
For her role of Olivia Benson, she received eight Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and six nominations for Screen Guild Awards. Out of these nominations, she won one Emmy award as well as a Golden Globe, with several other honors. Apart from these awards, she also made a huge place for herself in the hearts of all those women who were able to benefit from her foundation.
Net worth of Mariska Hargitay
Mariska became a popular name on television due to her appearance on one single show that lasted for years. She gained not only fame but also wealth because of the show. Her net worth today is $50 million. Apart from acting, she is also running a foundation of her own, to help women survivors of sexual abuse.
Mariska is one of those people who were able to relate to her life’s calling from an early age and then dedicated all her energies to it. She started featuring into small roles from a young age, and then also went on to win peagents like ‘Miss Beverly Hills.’ She started acting in small roles but soon got her big break. Both of her parents had an influential past and were somewhere responsible for getting Mariska in the acting and glamour world.