On TV: “INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO” WELCOMES AWARD WINNING ACTRESS MARISKA HARGITAY ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT 8PM ET/PT

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NEW YORK – September 4, 2014 –Bravo Media’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton, welcomes distinguished actress, Mariska Hargitay to the stage on Monday, September 22 at 8pm ET/PT.  Mariska has received eight Emmy nominations, winning in the “Outstanding Lead Actress” category for her portrayal as Detective Olivia Benson in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which also earned her two nominations and a win at theGolden Globes, and six nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The sixteenth season of “Law & Order:SVU” premieres Wednesday, September 24 at 9pm ET/PT on NBC where Hargitay also serves as a producer.

In the episode, Hargitay describes what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the most famous Hollywood couples, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and how this affected her when auditioning for acting roles.  Tune in to hear about her experience working with George Clooney and Anthony Edwards on NBC’s “ER,” and why she was drawn to her current role as Olivia Benson.  Mariska also delves into how this character made an impact in her real life, including the establishment of The Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded in 2004 with the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/season-20/videos/mariska-on-playing-olivia-benson

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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!

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