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‘Law and Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay is an Adorable Tyke in this Classic TV Appearance

‘Law and Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay is an Adorable Tyke in this Classic TV Appearance

While honoring Jayne Manfield, a fan of the acting icon posted a sweet video of her daughter and Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay as an adorable toddler in a classic TV appearance.

Along with Mariska, her siblings were also featured in the clip, which took place on The Merv Griffin Show in 1966. “Jayne Mansfield with her children including Mariska Hargitay on The Merv Griffin Show in 1966,” the caption reads. Fans of Mariska Hargitay couldn’t help but gush over the incredibly sweet throwback video. “Oh My God Mariska looks just like her Mum!” one fan wrote. “Same facial expressions and [everything].” 

Mariska Hargitay’s mother, Jayne Mansfield, was a popular actress between 1954 and 1967. Dubbed as a sex symbol in her time, Mansfield was best known for her role in the musical comedy The Girl Can’t Help It, as well as The Wayward Bus and Too Hot to Handle. Along with Hargitay’s father, fellow actor Mickey Hargitay, Mansfield was married three other times and had a total of five children. Unfortunately, on June 29, 1967, Mansfield tragically passed away after sustaining brain trauma caused by a car accident.

Mariska Hargitay Once Stated Her Mother Was ‘Just So Ahead of Her Time’ 

During a 2018 interview with People, Mariska Hargitay spoke about her admiration towards her mother and how her acting legacy continues on even decades after her death. 

“My mother was this amazing, beautiful, glamorous sex symbol,” the Law and Order: SVU star stated. “But people didn’t know that she played the violin and had a 160 IQ and had five kids and loved dogs. She was just so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had this appetite for life, and I think I share that with her.”

Mariska Hargitay then discussed moving to LA to be with her father after her mother’s sudden death. “My dad taught me to listen and to learn,” she recalled. “As a young kid, I had my antennas out for who had wisdom and why, and what was I supposed to learn from them, and why were they there? The way I’ve been able to make sense of the cards I was dealt was to follow those signs.”

er father passed away in 2006 at the age of 80 after battling multiple myeloma. She described his death as a major loss. “It was huge to lose this person who was my everything, my strength, my power,” the actress continued. “The person who believed in me. But I got to say goodbye, and I remember it was very calm.”

Hargitay recalled her father’s final words to her as well. “He just looked at me and he said, ‘Mariska… Always.’”