In her bedroom, Mariska keeps memorabilia of her mother, which she buys whenever she gets the chance—pictures, old movie stills, even a toothbrush with Jayne’s likeness. But there are no Mansfield biographies among the mementos. “Why should I read those? I lived with an encyclopedia—my dad,” she says. “And my mom [Ellen] calls me up to tell me when one of her movies is on TV. My mother was a young knockout but she was also brilliant. She just gave the public what they wanted.” –

Mariska Hargitay, 1985 interview

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