American actress Mariska Hargitay, of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is actually the daughter of famous actress Jayne Mansfield and actor Mickey Hargitay. But the events that led to her birth sound like they could be a TV drama all on their own. However, not long after Mariska was born, and just as she should have been embarking on a happy childhood, a horrible tragedy rocked her life. And hearing her talk about it is devastating.
Jayne Mansfield, Mariska’s mother, led a fascinating life. She was one of the biggest sex symbols of the ‘50s, and prone to daring publicity stunts like “accidentally” revealing her breasts to photographers. But when the cameras were off, Mansfield’s life was chaotic. The troubled star got hitched three times and also had numerous affairs, including – allegedly – one with John F. Kennedy.
Mansfield was the subject of many a scandal in her day. Not only was the actress reportedly a member of the Church of Satan, it was also rumored that she was having an affair with its founder. Indeed the blonde’s tumultuous love life kept her in the headlines throughout the ‘60s. Moreover, Mariska was, in fact, a child conceived out of wedlock, which was a pretty big deal at the time. And although Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay divorced in May 1963, when the actress later discovered she was pregnant the couple claimed they were still married for the sake of her career.