Mariska Hargitay is an American actress and philanthropist born on January 23, 1964. She is the daughter of famous bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield. Her first role was in the horror film Ghoulies (1985). After the film, she had various roles in film and television that eventually became a starring role as Olivia Benson in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit series. The role has earned her a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Outside of acting, Mariska founded the Joyful Heart Foundation which supports people who have been sexually abused.