Mariska Hargitay is practically Hollywood royalty, born as she was to screen legend Jayne Mansfield and actor Mickey Hargitay. But that doesn’t mean that the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star has always had things easy. Indeed, while Hargitay was still very young a horrible tragedy rocked her life. And hearing her talk about that time is devastating.
Back in the ’50s, however, Hargitay’s mother was one of the biggest sex symbols of the period and prone to daring publicity stunts like “accidentally” revealing her breasts to photographers. But behind the scenes, Mansfield’s existence was rather chaotic. Her love life was eventful, too: the troubled star got hitched three times and also had numerous affairs, including – allegedly – one with John F. Kennedy.
Furthermore, Mansfield was the subject of many a scandal in her day. Gossip swirled, for example, that not only was the actress reportedly a member of the Church of Satan, but also that she was having an affair with its founder. Hargitay herself, meanwhile, was a child conceived out of wedlock – a state of affairs rather frowned upon at the time. Perhaps with that in mind, Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay claimed that they were still married when the actress fell pregnant, even though the two had divorced in Mexico by then.