How old is Mariska Hargitay? Mariska Hargitay is 55 years old. She was born on January 23, 1964 in Santa Monica, California. Both of Mariska Hargitay`s parents were Hollywood stars. His father, Mickey Hargitay, was a bodybuilder and Mr. Universe (1955). His mother, Jayne Mansfield, was an American actress, artist, singer and a major symbol of Hollywood S*x. She died in a car accident in 1967 and her father married a woman named Elle Siano. His career in nightclubs has inspired films, documentaries and a music album. 20th Century Fox Records recorded “The House of Love” in 1962 for an album entitled Jayne Mansfield Busts Up Las Vegas.
She played burlesque artist Midnight Franklin in Too Hot to Handle (1960) and Las Vegas showgirl Tawni Downs in The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966).    In 1967, an independent documentary Spree (alternate title Las Vegas by Night) about the antics of Las Vegas artists was released. The film, narrated as part of a travelogue by Vic Damone and Juliet Prowse, featured Mansfield, Hargitay, Constance Moore and Clara Ward as guest stars. Mansfield and sings “Promise Her Anything” from the movie Promises! Promises!.    A court order prohibited the use of one of the guest stars to promote the film.   In 2005, Hargitay won a Golden Globe. She was the first woman in the Law & Order franchise to receive nominations and victories. By this time, Mansfield had fallen into alcoholism, drunken fights, and appearances at cheap burlesque shows.
   In July 1966, she began living with her lawyer Sam Brody, who often had drunk fights with her and abused her eldest daughter, Jayne Marie. Sam`s wife, Beverly Brody, filed for divorce, calling Mansfield the “41st other woman” in Sam`s life.    In 1967, Whitney Williams, a film critic and exploitation film expert, wrote in Variety about Mansfield: “Her personal life has surpassed all the roles she has played.”  Mansfield is said to have been closely associated with many men, including Claude Terrail (owner of the Parisian restaurant Tour d`Argent), Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Brazilian billionaire Jorge Guinle, his lawyer Samuel S. Brody, Las Vegas artist Nelson Sardelli, and producer Enrico Bomba. She met John F. Kennedy in 1960 through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford in Palm Springs, California, but their alleged affair did not last.
   Mansfield and Brody, his lawyer at the time and his alleged lover, both died in a car accident.   Other studios have also tried to find their own versions of Monroe. Columbia Pictures tried Cleo Moore, Warner Bros. with Carroll Baker, Paramount Pictures with Anita Ekberg and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with Barbara Lang, while Diana Dors was credited as England`s answer to Mansfield.  Jacqueline Susann wrote, “If one studio has a Marilyn Monroe, every other studio hires Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren.”  Other suitors included Sheree North, Kim Novak, Joi Lansing, Beverly Michaels, Barbara Nichols and Greta Thyssen, and even two brunettes – Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Russell.    Mamie Van Doren, Diana Dors and Kim Novak have also starred in productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Even when Mansfield`s film roles dried up, she was still considered Monroe`s main rival. Mansfield considered Mamie Van Doren his professional enemy.  At one point, Monroe, Mansfield, and Granny were known as The Three M`s.   Mansfield took her professional name from her first husband, Paul Mansfield, a public relations professional. She was married three times, each marriage ended in divorce and had five children.
She is said to have been closely associated with many men, including Robert and John F. Kennedy, her lawyer Samuel S. Brody, and Las Vegas artist Nelson Sardelli. On June 29, 1967, she died at the age of 34 in a car accident in New Orleans.  According to Hollywood historian and biographer James Parish, Mansfield`s hourglass figure (it claimed dimensions of 40-21-35), Sashaying`s unique walk, breathless baby speech, and neckline-revealing costumes left a lasting impression.  Hollywood historian Andrew Nelson has stated that from 1955 until the early 1960s, she was considered Hollywood`s Class B actress.  In 1967, Mansfield was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement with the Gus Stevens Supper Club. After two performances on the evening of June 28, Mansfield, Sam Brody (his lawyer and partner), his driver Ronnie Harrison (20) and three of their children – Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska – left Biloxi after midnight in a 1966 Buick Electra 225.
His destination was New Orleans, where Mansfield was scheduled to appear at the WDSU Midday Show the next day. On June 29, at approximately 2:25 a.m., the Buick crashed at high speed into the back of a “Johnson” tractor-trailer driven by a Mr. Rambo who had slowed down so that an insecticidal smoke truck flashing a red light. All three adults in the front seat died instantly. Children who slept in the back seat survived with minor injuries.  Peter began by talking about their 17-year-old marriage in the 2020 book What Makes a Marriage Last, writing, “I never thought I would laugh so much in my marriage. It`s such a fundamental part of who [Mariska] is, this insistence on joy. And I think what sustains our marriage is that I know [Mariska] loves me, no matter who I am, and that`s the definition of grace. Paul Mansfield hoped that the birth of his child would discourage his interest in theatre. When this was not the case, he agreed in late 1954 to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career. In 1952, she juggled motherhood and teaching at the University of Texas. In early 1952, Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army Reserve for the Korean War.
 While serving in the army, she spent a year at Camp Gordon, Georgia. His life became easier with Paul`s military assignment.  Upon his return from the Korean War in 1954, he took a job at a small newspaper in East Los Angeles, California, and lived in a small apartment in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, with Jayne and her pets – a Great Dane, three cats named Sabina, Romulus and Ophelia, two Chihuahuas, a pink poodle and a rabbit.     In California, she left Jayne Marie with her maternal grandparents and spent the summer semester at UCLA.   At the age of 19, she married Paul Mansfield on May 6, 1950.  Their daughter, Jayne Marie Mansfield, was born six months later, on November 8, 1950. Jayne and her husband enrolled at Southern Methodist University to study acting.    In 1951, Jayne moved to Los Angeles and attended a summer semester at UCLA. She competed in the Miss California pageant, but Paul discovered her and forced her to withdraw from the pageant. She then moved with her husband to Austin, Texas, and studied theater at the University of Texas at Austin.     There, Mansfield worked as a nude model, selling books door-to-door and working as a receptionist in a dance studio. She also joined the Curtain Club, a campus theater company whose members included lyricist Tom Jones, composer Harvey Schmidt, and actors Rip Torn and Pat Hingle.    Mansfield then spent a year at Camp Gordon, Georgia (a U.S. Army training facility) serving in the U.S.
Army Reserve during the Korean War. In 1966, Mansfield was cast in Single Room Furnished directed by her husband Matt Cimber. The film required Mansfield to portray three different characters and was his first dramatic lead role in several years. It was briefly published in 1966, but was not fully published until 1968, nearly a year after his death. After Single Room Furnished, Mansfield was cast alongside Mamie Van Doren and Ferlin Husky in The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966), a low-budget comedy by Woolner Brothers. It was her first country and western film, and she nurtured it through a 29-day tour of major American cities, accompanied by Husky, Don Bowman and other country musicians. Before filming began, Mansfield said she “wouldn`t be splitting screen time with the drive-in response to Marilyn Monroe,” i.e., Van Doren. Although their characters shared a scene, Mansfield and Van Doren filmed their roles at different times to be edited together later.  On June 29, 1967, Mansfield was involved in a car accident on a stretch of U.S. Route 90 between New Orleans and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
The crash ripped off the roof of the car and immediately killed Mansfield, his friend Sam Brody and the driver. Mariska, then three and a half years old, slept in the back of the vehicle, leaving a zigzag scar on one side of her head. His brothers Miklós and Zoltán escaped slightly injured. After their mother`s death, the three siblings were raised by their father and his third wife, Ellen Siano.   Hargitay does not like comparisons to her famous mother, saying at the age of 18: “My father was Mr. Universe, so I would like to be Miss Universe.”  Hargitay said the early loss of her mother “left a hole in my life that will never be filled. I will never get over it. I will always be a girl who lost her mother.
 Hargitay`s father died of multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, in 2006 at the age of 80.  Mariska attended Mary Mount High School and later the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. During her high school years, she enjoyed playing and cheerleading and was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in 1982. She attended the Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles. Mariska Hargitay is the only daughter of American actress Jayne Mansfield and Hungarian bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. Jayne was an important sex symbol in the 1950s and early 1960s and is known for her roles in the films The Girl Can`t Help it and Too Hot To Handle.