Mariska Hargitay: Star on Walk of Fame Next to Mom Jayne Mansfield

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Monday, 11 Nov 2013 08:44 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Friday, next to her mother, late 1950s sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, E! News reported.

Hargitay has spent the past 14 years playing Det. Olivia Benson on NBC's successful franchise drama series. She attended the ceremony with "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf and close friend and Oscar-winner Hillary Swank.

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"I am so moved by you and so grateful to all of you and you're what, as I said, makes today possible," Hargitay told the audience at the ceremony.

Hargitay, who has an Emmy for her work on "Law & Order: SUV," received the 2,511th star on the Walk of Fame, stated E! News.

"I love you, you've done an incredible job," Wolf told Hargitay during the ceremony. "You are one of the icons of television, and certainly, I think the female icon for millions of women not only here, but all around the world."

Hargitay has taken on sexual assault issues in the show, which inspired her to launch the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to assist sexual abuse and trauma victims. She told Variety the charity has brought in almost $15 million since its inception. 

Hargitay has organized retreats for sexual abuse experts and "Law & Order" writers and often answers letters from viewers who have been victims of such crimes.

"It’s hard to say how much of our audience is coming exclusively for Mariska, but women are our primary audience," Vernon Sanders, an executive vice president at NBC, told Variety. "Mariska is one of those performers who transcends. The fact that she’s got appeal to not just one demographic … is a unique thing on the television landscape."

Born in 1964, Hargitay was 3 years old when she survived a violent car accident that took the life of her famous mother in 1967.

Mansfield was a major Hollywood star in the 1950s, starring in movies like the "The Girl Can't Help It" in 1956, "The Wayward Bus" in 1957 and "Too Hot to Handle" in 1960.

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