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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  January 23, 1964
  • Accomplishments:  Emmy Winner, Golden Globe Awards
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Hargitay was raised Catholic, but turned away from organized religion.

Mariska Hargitay is an American actress best known for her role as NYPD Special Victims Unit Detective/Sergeant/Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for which she has earned multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown.

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