How ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Found Closure After Mother Jayne Mansfield’s Death

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay faced terrible tragedy at a young age. When Mariska was only three, she was in the car with her mother, Jayne Mansfield, and her brothers when Mansfield was tragically killed in a crash. Hargitay and her brothers survived the crash and went to live with their father, but the three had to continue on in a world without their mom.

Jayne Mansfield was an American actress and singer. She was also one of the early playboy playmates. She passed away at the age of 34.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping in 2012, Hargitay discussed a beautiful relationship she formed after her mother passed away. When Hargitay moved in with her father, her father had remarried to a woman named Ellen Siano, who Hargitay would grow to consider another Mother.

“I called her Mom. She really claimed us. She never had biological kids of her own, and to this day we are her kids,” Hargitay said. “So we were blessed that she really embraced us and loved us so quickly. And I was very fortunate to have a maternal figure in my life after such a horrific accident.”

The Law & Order: SVU star’s parents gave her plenty of travel experience to expose her to different parts of the world. Despite the tragedy early on in life, Hargitay and her brothers managed to pull through with the help of their father and stepmother.

The ‘Law & Order’ SVU Star Recently Shared some Words of Wisdom on Her Instagram about The Pandemic

Hargitay obviously grew up to become a major success. With her starring role on Law & Order: SVU, and her advocacy work, she’s become a figure many admire. The actress recently shared a quote from Rev. Esau McCaulley about the pandemic that reminds people what life is truly about.

“The pandemic has reminded us that life is more than what we do. It is about whom we spend our lives with. We cannot hug a career or laugh with a promotion. We are made for friendship, love, and community,” Hargitay shared. They’re words everyone could use to hear during the pandemic and after an incredibly shocking year.

She’s staying busy as she’s shooting Law & Order: SVU season 23 at the moment. Somehow she still finds the time to spread positivity and reassurance.

Hargitay has been on Law & Order: SVU since 1999, giving her the record for the longest consecutive amount of time an actor has played a character on Television. She originally starred in the show alongside Christopher Meloni, but Meloni left the show after over a decade, leaving Hargitay the chance to earn the record on her own.

If you want to catch her on season 23 of the hit show, you can tune in to NBC on Thursday, September 23rd. You’ll also be able to catch Hargitay making guest appearances as Olivia Benson during crossover episodes on Law & Order: Organized Crime.