Actress Mariska Hargitay’s Scar

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 6, 2007

Q Is Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and was she mauled as a child by a wild animal at Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, Calif.?
—M. Filipmere, Yreka, Calif.

Yes and no. The Law & Order star, 43, is indeed the daughter of the late sex symbol and her actor/bodybuilder husband. But it was Mariska's brother, 6-year-old Zoltan, who was mauled by a lion during a freak accident in 1966 at Jungleland while his mother was doing a photo shoot at the now-defunct animal park. Mariska and Zoltan both survived a horrific car crash a year later in which Mansfield and two other adults were killed. Hargitay has a zigzag scar on the side of her head from the accident, but she doesn't remember anything about it.