Mariska Hargitay
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"Mariska Hargitay" is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City Police Department/New York City sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and #Awards and nominations/nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.

The daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, Hargitay is a former beauty queen who made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies, and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexual abuse/sexually abused.

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It's a big couple of months for me.

Being sexy is just one part of being a woman and an actress. But if the part calls for sexy.

When people say that I'm the frontrunner, I laugh. I'm nominated with Glenn Close - like I've got a shot.

[In the battle for best actress in a drama, Emmy watchers have singled out the stars of two cop shows -- Glenn Close for her role on cable network FX's] The Shield ... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

It's been quite an education doing this show and living in New York at the same time, and being exposed to so many different kinds of people.

I already feel like I've won. It's an honor to be nominated. Really, unless you're an actor, you don't understand. To be nominated in the same category as Glenn Close?

When you see a girl like me bustin' perps, there ain't no time to be pretty.