Mariska Hargitay, the famous star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, took a moment to honor her late mother, Jayne Mansfield, on what would have been her 90th birthday. She shared a heartfelt post featuring a throwback photo of her mother during her pin-up girl days in Hollywood.
With a sweet caption that read, "Happy birthday Mama," Hargitay expressed her love for her mother and how their love continues to grow each day. It was a touching tribute to someone who still holds a special place in her heart. Not only did Mariska Hargitay share a photo, but she also posted a short video clip on her Instagram Story. In the video, Mansfield, looking as glamorous as ever, lifts her head and gazes off to the side. The two-second clip was a poignant reminder of the charisma and beauty that made her mother a Hollywood sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s. However, behind the glitz and glamour, there was tragedy. Mansfield's life was cut short due to a fatal car accident when she was only 37 years old. Mariska Hargitay was just three years old at the time and was in the car with her two siblings.
Thankfully, all three children survived the accident, but the trauma of that day still lingers in Hargitay's heart. In an interview with Glamour in 2021, Hargitay opened up about the impact her mother's death had on her. She shared that she learned about crisis at an incredibly young age and understood that life was unpredictable. Growing up, she carried the weight of that trauma and spent a significant amount of time trying to work through it. "I clearly was in that frozen place for a lot of my childhood - of trying to survive, actually trying to survive," Hargitay revealed.
As fans and admirers of Mariska Hargitay, we can only applaud her for her strength and for keeping her mother's memory alive. It is through stories like hers that we are reminded of the power of love, even in the face of adversity.