Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About How The Loss Of Her Mother, Jayne Mansfield, Affected Her
January 15, 2019 14:35 By Mambee
Actress Mariska Hargitay had to grow up, for the most part, without her mother, Jayne Mansfield, who was a Hollywood icon.
In 1967, a tragic car accident took Jayne's life. She was in the vehicle with her then-boyfriend, Samuel S. Brody, and her three children. The car was driven by 19-year-old Ronald B. Harrison.
Only the children, Mariska, then three, and her brothers, Mickey, 8, and Zoltan, 6, survived the crash.
Apart from having to navigate her way through life without her mom, Mariska has also had to deal with being compared to the 50's and 60's Hollywood blonde bombshell in terms of beauty and talent.
In a 2018 interview with People, Mariska opened up about what it felt like to lose her mom at such a young age and how it affected her.
The way I've lived with loss is to lean into it. As the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly I've tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things. But I've learned instead to really lean into it, because sooner or later you have to pay the piper. ... I'm not saying it's easy, and it certainly hasn't been for me. There's been a lot of darkness. But on the other side things can be so bright.
Jayne was only 34 when she died and her performances in such movies as The Girl Can't Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Promises! Promises! (1963), are some of the things she's remembered for.
Mariska said that, while her mother was "amazing" and "beautiful", there are a few other sides to her that most people did not know. For example, Jayne played the violin and had an IQ of 160.
She was an inspiration, she had this appetite for life, and I think I share that with her.
While people has always mentioned how much Mariska looks like her late mother, the actress said that this was sometimes difficult to hear. She told Closer Weekly that it can sometimes be a burden to be the daughter of a Hollywood icon.
I used to hate constant references to my mom because I wanted to be known for myself. Losing my mother at such a young age is the scar of my soul.
It certainly can't have been easy for Mariska to say goodbye to her mother so early, and then growing up feeling as if she were in her late mom's shadows.
But we have to say, she has proven her worth and talent over the years. Her award-winning role as Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is proof that she has succeeded in carving her own path.
We have a feeling Jayne would have been quite proud of her daughter!