Happy birthday Mickey Hargitay

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Mickey Hargitay will always be fondly remembered by all Jayne-fans as her most devoted husband. He never stopped loving her. But there was so much more to him than just being “the 2nd Mr. Mansfield”. Mickey Hargitay had quite an interesting life.

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Mickey, Miklos, Zoltan, Jayne and Jayne Marie.


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Mickey and Mariska


Mickey was a father of four (Tina, Miklos, Zoltan and Mariska) and stepfather of one (Jayne Marie). He was married three times. His most famous child is Mariska Hargitay.

Born and raised in Hungary, Hargitay performed in an acrobatic act with his brothers. He also played soccer and became a champion speed skater. Mickey was an underground fighter during World War II. After the war he emigrated to the United States. He found jobs working as a plumber and carpenter.

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Mickey photo by Vivienne.


He started out with a successful career as a body builder in the 1950s and was named Mr. Universe, Mr. America, and Mr. Olympia in 1955. 
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Mae West hired him to be one of the musclemen in her stage show: “The Mae West Revue”. While performing with Mae West at the Latin quarter, Mickey Hargitay met Jayne Mansfeld.

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Mickey Hargitay in 1955 when he was appearing onstage with Mae West and fellow muscleman Paul Novak. 

He is remembered by fans of the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genre for his starring roles in The Loves of Hercules (1960), Bloody Pit of Horror (1965), Lady Frankenstein (1971), Delirium (1972), and Rites, Black Magic and Secret Orgies in the Fourteenth Century (1973).
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Mariska Hargitay on her mom as a role model

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Jayne with her two youngest children, Mariska and Tony

“People would always ask me if I had seen her movies. I was not interested in her film persona. I wanted her to be my mom and know something about who she was: who she loved, what made her sad, and I wanted to know how I was like her. I wanted to hear real stories.”

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“I think she was ahead of her time. She was a wonder-woman. She had a career and five children. She was sexy, played the violin and had an amazingly high IQ. She had a zest for life, lived every minute to the fullest. She did it all.”

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For all Mariska fans :-)

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Interesting article for all SVU fans / Mariska Hargitay fans!

Life Lessons From Law And Order: SVU’s Detective Olivia Benson

♡ 1960s Jayne ♡

Mariska Hargitay about her mom (in the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal)

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Latest issue of Ladies Home Journal

Mariska is the cover girl for the March issue of Ladies Home Journal. The issue will be released Feb. 12.

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“I feel a total kindred spirit with anyone who has lost their mother, especially at a young age. When something like that happens, it leaves a hole in your heart that can never be filled. I know I’m not over it.”

In 2004 Mariska started the Joyful Heart Foundation to raise awareness and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Here you can win a necklace especially designed for the foundation or buy yourself one:

Win Joyful Heart’s ‘No More’ Necklace by Me&Ro!

♡ Jayne and her children ♡

“You know which title I like best? I like to be called mother.”

Being a mom myself makes me admire Jayne even more for struggling and having a career at the same time as being a mother of five children. You seriously have no idea what it is like to be a parent until you become one yourself. Its a big shock in comparison to the free life you are used to before, but oh so rewarding! Here are some wonderful photos of Jaynie and her beloved kids.

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Rare photo of Jayne in 1965

Here’s a real treat: Matt Cimber, Jayne, little Mariska and columnist May Mann in 1965.
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(photo edited by me)

Mariska on her mom

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When she was little, Mariska Hargitay used to accompany her father on his business trips to Italy. “Everybody would say, ‘Oh, you’re so pretty, you look just like your mom,’ ” she remembers. “They would pinch my cheek. It’s what you do to cute children in Italy.”But it hurt! Those Italians were so strong. I felt like they were pulling my cheek off. ‘Why are they pulling my cheek, Daddy? Daddy, make them stop!’”Eventually, Hargitay understood why strangers felt a special affection for her. “People would flip when they found out ‘Oh, you’re Jayne Mansfield’s daughter.’ I put two and two together and figured out that she must have been someone.”
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Happy birthday Zoltan!

R.I.P. – 45 years ago today…

In the early morning of June 29th, 1967 the pink dream was over. Jaynie died in a horrific car accident along with her lover and lawyer Sam Brody and their driver, Ronnie Harrison . Her three children (Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska) in the backseat luckily survived.

On the evening of June 28th, Jayne had a show in Biloxi Mississippi, in a club called the Gus Stevens Supper Club.  Mansfield stayed at the Cabana Courtyard Apartments near the club. Jayne was performing twice a night, at 9 and 11pm. ‘ After the show Jayne, Brody, Harrison and her three children left for New Orleans, where Mansfield was scheduled to appear for an early-morning television interview. On June 29 at approximately 2:25 a.m., on U.S. Highway 90, east of the Rigolets Bridge, the car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer which had slowed for a truck which was spraying mosquito fogger. The automobile struck the rear of the trailer and went under it. The three adults in the front seat were killed instantly; the children, in the rear, survived with minor injuries.

Allegations that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, although she suffered severe head trauma. The urban legend was spawned by the appearance in police photographs of a crashed automobile with its top virtually sheared off, and what resembled a blonde-haired head tangled in the car’s smashed windshield. However, this was probably either a wig Mansfield was wearing or her actual hair and scalp. After her death, the NHTSA began requiring an underride guard (a strong bar made of steel tubing) on all tractor-trailers. This bar is known as a Mansfield bar, or an ICC bar.

You are sadly missed Jaynie! Instead of posting pictures from the tragic accident, here is a photo of Jayne in all her beauty!

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