Mariska Hargitay Looks Just Like Mom Jayne Mansfield

By: Pam Wright - May 9, 2014

It’s uncanny how much Mariska Hargitay looks like her mother, 1950s actress and sex-symbol Jayne Mansfield.

It’s clear that Hargitay is missing her mother as Mother’s Day approaches. She’s always made a point of posting pics of her mom on Instagram, but a recent split photo on Instagram reveals just how much she looks like her late mother.

She also posted a old snapshot of Mansfield posing in a sombrero with two small dogs wearing matching hats for Cinco de Mayo.

Jayne Mansfield tragically died in a car accident when she was only 34 years old, while 3-year-old Hargitay slept in the back seat of the car.

Hargitay said in a Redbook interview that she doesn’t remember the accident at all, but has acknowledged that it left mental scars. Those scars resurfaced when she faced her own mortality during a severe on-set accident that left her in a hospital bed facing many surgeries to repair a collapsed lung.

“Losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul. But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today. I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here,” said Hargitay.

News that NBC renewed its contract for Law & Order: SVU was welcomed by diehard fans that feared the show would be canceled.

However the show’s ratings have seen a jump in the ratings not seen since 2005.

“We’re up 5 percent on the year. Modern Family is down and Criminal Minds is down, they’re still in the Top 10. But it’s a tough slot, up against two Top 10 shows, but we’re up and they’re down,” executive producer Warren Leight told E! News in April.

“We’re up for the first time since 2005 and the critics are responding. You would like to think that counts, but then you get into the arcane—the complicated relationship Dick has had with the network. It’s like a very strange marriage that just goes on and on and on and sometimes nobody pays attention to the kids in the fight.”

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  • Carla Sposito

    PHOTO: Mariska Hargitay is the spitting image of her mom

    May 09, 2014 12:47 PM by Caroline Goddard

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    Mariska is simply beautiful. Even more than his mother. Love her eyes and her smile.

  • Greg May

    Thankfully, Mariska’s life wasn’t the tormented hell her mother’s was. Jayne should have never gotten involved with satanist Anton LeVay; he put a curse on Jayne’s lawyer/lover, Sam Brody. LaVey warned Jayne to get away from Sam for he would die within a year. Jayne Mansfield and Sam Brody were killed in June 1967 when their car rear-ended a truck outside New Orleans. (This accident led to the installation of the ‘Mansfield Bar’ on American-made trucks. The mangled ‘Jayne Mansfield Death Car’ was the stellar attraction at the now-defunct ‘Museum of U.S. Tragedy’ in St. Augustine. An older co-worker told me he had dallied with Jayne back in the 60’s when he moved to Hollywood to break into the movies (and wound up being a used-car salesman). Strangely, the man driving the truck into which Jayne’s car crashed had the same name as my co-worker, Rambo.