Birth Name: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California, USA
Date of Birth: January 23, 1964
*7/8ths English, 1/8th German (mother)
Mariska Hargitay is an American actress. She is known for her role as Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mariska’s father, Mickey Hargitay (Miklós Hargitay), was a Hungarian actor, acrobat, and Mr. Universe 1955. Mariska’s mother was 1950s sex symbol, actress Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer), who was of 7/8ths Engilsh and 1/8th German descent. Mariska is married to actor and writer Peter Hermann.
Mariska’s paternal grandparents were Ferenc Hargitai and Mária Róth Fischer.
Mariska’s maternal grandparents were Herbert W. Palmer (the son of Elmer E. Palmer and Alice J. Jackson) and Vera J. Palmer (the daughter of Thomas Palmer and Beatrice Jeffery). Elmer was of English descent and Alice was of English and German ancestry. Thomas was of English descent and Beatrice was English.
Source: Genealogy of Mariska Hargitay (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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