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Mariska Hargitay: Why she kicks ass
She is an American actress, best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the tv drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.
She speaks English, Hungarian, French, Spanish, and Italian, a talent that she has displayed on the show several times, such as by mirandizing and interrogating suspects who do not speak English.
In late December 2008, Hargitay suffered a partially collapsed lung after taking a fall during a stunt on the set of SVU. She underwent surgery in January and returned to work shortly afterward. On March 3, 2009, she was hospitalized after suffering chest pains related to the injury. It was disclosed that she would probably need more surgery. Despite this, she missed only one episode on SVU’s tenth season.
In addition,To prepare herself for the role of Benson, she trained as a rape crisis advocate. 
Later, she became the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization established in 2004 to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. As of November 2010, the Joyful Heart Foundation has sent over 5,000 women and children on therapeutic programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, which combine yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, and swimming with dolphins.
"I started getting fan mail from survivors who felt a connection to Olivia. In many of these letters, people would disclose their personal stories of abuse — some for the very first time. I remember getting the sense that many were living in isolation with so much shame, but the shame belonged to the perpetrators. I wanted to help find a way to help people reclaim their lives and live them with a renewed sense of possibility and hope. And that’s what we work to do every day at Joyful Heart." According to Hargitay, the Foundation has raised $20 million and helped approximately 5,000 survivors as of April 2011.
In 2012 Hargitay campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
On February 17, 2012, Hargitay made a donation of $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund; the maximum individual contribution allowed by law.

Mariska Hargitay: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an American actress, best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the tv drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.
  • She speaks EnglishHungarianFrenchSpanish, and Italian, a talent that she has displayed on the show several times, such as by mirandizing and interrogating suspects who do not speak English.
  • In late December 2008, Hargitay suffered a partially collapsed lung after taking a fall during a stunt on the set of SVU. She underwent surgery in January and returned to work shortly afterward. On March 3, 2009, she was hospitalized after suffering chest pains related to the injury. It was disclosed that she would probably need more surgery. Despite this, she missed only one episode on SVUs tenth season.
  • In addition,To prepare herself for the role of Benson, she trained as a rape crisis advocate. 
  • Later, she became the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization established in 2004 to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. As of November 2010, the Joyful Heart Foundation has sent over 5,000 women and children on therapeutic programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, which combine yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, and swimming with dolphins.
  • "I started getting fan mail from survivors who felt a connection to Olivia. In many of these letters, people would disclose their personal stories of abuse — some for the very first time. I remember getting the sense that many were living in isolation with so much shame, but the shame belonged to the perpetrators. I wanted to help find a way to help people reclaim their lives and live them with a renewed sense of possibility and hope. And that’s what we work to do every day at Joyful Heart." According to Hargitay, the Foundation has raised $20 million and helped approximately 5,000 survivors as of April 2011.
  • In 2012 Hargitay campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • On February 17, 2012, Hargitay made a donation of $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund; the maximum individual contribution allowed by law.
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