Mariska Hargitay’s birth year was 1964, and her parents, Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield were her parents at the time of her birth. It should come as no surprise that Hargitay grew up to become one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actresses given that both of her parents worked in the entertainment industry.
Mickey Hargitay, her father, was born in Budapest, but in order to avoid being conscripted into the Nazi war effort, Mickey emigrated to the United States and settled in Indianapolis. His initial professions were as a constructor and a performer in nightclubs. He began his career in the construction industry.
During one of these acts, he met Mary Birge, who would later become his first wife. One day, he went to a gym, and while he was there, he surprised the owner of the gym by lifting a bar that weighed 215 pounds over his head.
After that, he embarked on a career in bodybuilding, which eventually led to his being crowned Mr. Indianapolis and Mr. Eastern America. He began at the bottom and worked his way to the top, eventually winning the Mr. Universe pageant in 1955. Mickey quickly began appearing on the cover of fitness magazines because of his striking good looks and ripped physique.
Bodybuilding was once thought of as a strange hobby, but he worked very hard to change people’s perceptions of it. After Mickey’s marriage to his first wife ended in divorce, he remarried the blonde sex icon Jayne Mansfield and began a career in acting.
The couple has been seen in multiple movies together, such as “Primitive Love,” “Promises! Promises!” and “The Loves of Hercules.” Sadly, they divorced the following year in 1964.
Mickey continued his career as an actor, starring in a number of films over the years, including “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” and “Bloody Pit of Horror.” Despite the fact that he later became an investor in real estate and a builder, his works continue to serve as a source of motivation for many.
Arnold Schwarzenegger looks up to him as a role model because he was a pioneer in the field of bodybuilding and paved the way for many others to follow in his footsteps. In the 1980 film “The Jayne Mansfield Story,” Arnold Schwarzenegger played the role of the character. 2006 was the year that Mickey passed away.
On the other hand, Jayne Mansfield began her career in the motion picture industry in 1955 with a supporting role in the film “Female Jungle.” A year later, she was cast in her first leading role, which was in the movie “The Girl Can’t Help It.”
The actress had a successful Hollywood career, appearing in films such as “Too Hot to Handle,” “Illegal,” and “The Burglar,” among others, after working her way up through the ranks.
She was killed in a car accident three years after she and Mickey had divorced. Their daughter Hargitay was one of their two children together. Sadly, she passed away much too soon. Hargitay was only three years old at the time, and she was a passenger in the car that ran over and killed her mother.
Hargitay’s life was fundamentally altered as a result of her exposure to such a traumatic event at such a formative age. The actress claims that the experience has made her value life more now that she has been through it.
Despite the fact that the traumatic event caused her to enter a “frozen” state, Hargitay claims that the experience taught her the most important lessons in life and how to channel her pain in constructive ways.