See A Young Mariska Hargitay In A Can’t-Miss Throwback Photo From 10th Grade In 1979

See A Young Mariska Hargitay In A Can’t-Miss Throwback Photo From 10th Grade In 1979

Mariska Hargitay, beloved by many for her role as Captain Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, recently shared an incredible throwback photo from her high school days that her fans will love.

A Glimpse into Mariska Hargitay’s Early Life

Hargitay’s mother, Jayne Mansfield, was a Playboy Playmate and a successful actress. Mansfield also worked at the Tropicana Holiday’s striptease revue. Hargitay’s father, Mickey Hargitay, was a bodybuilder who held the title of Mr. Universe. The couple met during the Mae West revue, where Mickey was performing, and they married in 1958. They even appeared in a few films together. However, their marriage ended in 1964, leaving them with three children, including Mariska and her brothers, Zoltan and Mickey Jr.

Tragedy struck early in Mariska’s life when her mother died in a car accident in 1967. Mariska, who was three at the time, and her two brothers were also in the car. According to, Jayne Mansfield, her boyfriend Sam Brody, and their driver Ronald B. Harrison were killed in the crash. Mariska and her brothers survived but were injured. They were raised by their father and his wife, Ellen, alongside their half-siblings.

A Charming Throwback to 10th Grade

Mariska Hargitay often shares nostalgic photos, and five weeks ago, she treated fans to a gem from 1979, when she was in 10th grade. The black-and-white photo appears to be a school picture, showcasing Hargitay’s long, thick hair framing her smiling face. The close-up shot focuses on her face, so her attire remains a mystery. Despite the passage of time, Hargitay’s distinctive features are unmistakable.

She captioned the Instagram post with: “#TBT #ThrowbackThursday #BringingItBackToHighSchool #That’s10GradeBaby #Sophomore #1970sBaby #1979.”

Fans’ Reactions

As expected, fans had plenty to say about the charming throwback. Over 166,000 people liked the post, and more than 1,900 commented on it.

One fan exclaimed, “Nothing has changed! 😮,” tagging Hargitay. Another added, “You look exactly the same! So pretty! 😍.”

“This is the definition of ‘you still look the same,’” another fan wrote.

One fan called the image a “relic,” saying, “This picture is a relic. Thanks for sharing ❤️😍.”

Another fan appreciated the blast from the past, saying, “Now that’s a throwback MH! 👏🏻😀 Thanks for sharing. 👍🏻”

Fans seem to cherish these glimpses into Hargitay’s past, and it’s always heartwarming to see such treasured memories shared by someone so admired.


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