ACTRESS MARISKA HARGITAY HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
STAR PLACED NEXT TO HER MOTHER JAYNE MANSFIELD’S STAR
Star Coincides With “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 15th Anniversary
Watch Mariska Hargitay Walk of Fame Star ceremony at the end of this page.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly unveiled a Walk of Fame star for actress Mariska Hargitay on Friday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. PST at 6328 Hollywood Blvd. “We are thrilled to let the fans know that we are placing L.A.-born Mariska Hargitay’s star next to the star of her mother, the legendary actress Jayne Mansfield on this very special day,” stated Ana Martinez, Walk of Fame producer. “Fans have been waiting for this ceremony for a while now and will be here in droves, I am sure,” she added. Known for her love of “Green Juice” as she calls it, The Juice Fountain, adjacent to the star named a special concoction the “Mariska Green Juice” in her honor!
Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and guest speakers Hilary Swank and Dick Wolf helped Hargitay unveil the 2,511th star in the category of Television. The star ceremony was streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hargitay is the youngest daughter of screen legend Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.
Emmy Award-winner Mariska Hargitay stars as Olivia Benson, a dedicated and emotionally-driven detective on Wolf Films/Universal Television’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” currently in its fifteenth season. The show airs Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC.
In 2011, Hargitay garnered her eighth Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and won the 2006 Emmy in that category. Also in 2011, she received her sixth SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Detective Benson. In 2009, Hargitay earned her second Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role, winning the award in 2005. She has also received two Gracie Allen Awards for American Women in Radio and Television. Just this week, The People’s Choice Awards announced that Hargitay was nominated for “Best Dramatic Actress” for the upcoming show.
Prior to “SVU,” Hargitay starred on NBC’s “ER” as Dr. Greene’s (Anthony Edwards) girlfriend Cynthia Hooper. She gained notice as a cast regular in the sitcom “Can’t Hurry Love” with Nancy McKeon and starred in the NBC drama, “Prince Street.” Other television credits include “Seinfeld,” “Ellen,” “Thirtysomething,” and David Lynch’s “Hotel Room.” Hargitay also appeared in the telefilms “The Advocate’s Devil” and “Night Sins,” as well as the Lifetime movie “Plain Truth.” Her film credits include appearances in the critically-acclaimed “Leaving Las Vegas” and in Mike Myers’ “The Love Guru.”
Committed to ending violence and abuse and caring for those who have survived it, Hargitay spends as much time off screen dealing with these crimes as she does on set as Detective Benson. Inspired by her role on “SVU,” Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission is 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. Since its inception in 2004, Joyful Heart has directly served more than 13,500 individuals through its unique Healing & Wellness programs; connected more than 1.5-million individuals through its website, blogs and social media efforts to resources and life-saving help; secured more than one-billion impressions in digital and print media about the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse; and effected policy changes in jurisdictions from New York to California. “Joyful Heart is about the courage to heal, and our programming is dedicated to honoring that brave decision,” explains Hargitay.
Through Joyful Heart, Hargitay has used her voice to bring attention, funding and new legislation to critical issues facing sexual and family violence survivors, working with the medical community, the criminal justice system and law enforcement. She has testified before Congress urging lawmakers to address the backlog of untested rape kits in the U.S., and launched www.endthebacklog.org, the first website dedicated to addressing this issue. Hargitay recently made her directorial debut with a groundbreaking celebrity-driven PSA campaign for NO MORE (www.NOMORE.org), the nation’s first unifying symbol to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Hargitay has also lends her time and voice to other organizations such as Lee National Denim Day, Autism Speaks, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, The Santa Monica Rape Crisis Center, Project ALS, The James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI), Safe Horizon and the Venice Family Clinic. She has also appeared in national campaigns for NBC’s “The More You Know” and Got Milk.
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