Tina Hargitay: Everything About Mariska Hargitay’s sister

Tina Hargitay

Tina Hargitay is the sister of Mariska Hargitay. Tina Hargitay’s sister Mariska is an American actress, director, and philanthropist. The daughter of bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, her accolades include a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Tina Hargitay: Bio Summary

Full NameTina Hargitay
famous asMariska Hargitay’s sister
Age 73 years old as of 2022
Date of Birth1949
Place of Birth United States of America
Zodiac signUnknown
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityCaucasian
Siblings  Mickey Hargitay Jr., Zoltan Hargitay, Mariska Hargitay
Parents  Mickey Hargitay, Mary Birge

Tina Hargitay was born in 1949 in the United States of America to her parents,  Mickey Hargitay and Mary Birge. As of 2022, she is 73 years old. Tina is not the only child of her parents, she has three other siblings. They are  Mickey Hargitay Jr., Zoltan Hargitay, and Mariska Hargitay.

Tina is Mariska’s half-sister and her eldest sibling. Tina is the daughter of Mariska’s father, Mickey Hargitay, and his first wife, Mary Birge. The couple was married from 1948 to 1956. Though not much is known about Tina, she and Mariska remain close. Tina was among several of the Law & Order star’s siblings who attended a ceremony for her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in 2013. Though Mariska has a Wikipedia page, her elder sister Tina Hargitay on the other hand doesn’t have a Wikipedia page.

Tina’s Parents: Mickey Hargitay and Mary Birge

Tina Harigitay’s father, Mickey was a Hungarian-American actor and the 1955 Mr. Universe. Born in Budapest, Hargitay moved to the United States in 1947, where he eventually became a citizen. He was married to actress Jayne Mansfield. During their marriage, Hargitay and Mansfield made four movies together: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), The Loves of Hercules (1960), Promises! Promises! (1963), and L’Amore Primitivo (1964).

How did Tina’s parents Mickey Hargitay and Mary Birge meet? Not much information is available regarding how the couple met and started their relationship. However, it is known that married from 1948 to 1956. Mary Birge was the first woman Mickey Hargitay married. The couple later got a divorce, Tina Hargitay was the only child the couple shared. After their divorce, not much was heard from Tina’s mother Mary Birge again.

Her father, Hargitay on the other hand met Jayne Mansfield in 1956 when he was performing in The Mae West Show at the Latin Quarter. The couple married on January 13, 1958. They had three children: Miklós Jeffrey Palmer Hargitay (b. December 21, 1958), Zoltán Anthony Hargitay (b. August 1, 1960), and Mariska Magdolina Hargitay (b. January 23, 1964).

Hargitay remodeled much of his and Mansfield’s Beverly Hills mansion, known as “The Pink Palace”, building its famous heart-shaped swimming pool. In November 2002, the house was razed by developers who had purchased it from Engelbert Humperdinck.

In May 1963, Hargitay and Mansfield filed for divorce in Ciudad Juárez. The divorce was ruled invalid, and the two reconciled in October 1963. After Mariska’s birth, Mansfield sued for the Juárez divorce to be declared legal and ultimately won.

The divorce was recognized in the United States on August 26, 1964. After Mansfield’s death in a car crash on June 29, 1967, Hargitay sued Mansfield’s estate for over $5,000 to support the children. In their divorce decree, Mansfield had agreed to pay child support, as well as to give Hargitay approximately $70,000 in cash and property.

Tina Hargitay’s father married Ellen Siano in 1967. Hargitay and Siano remained married until his death.

Tina Hargitay’s father Mickey Hargitay’s death

On September 14, 2006, Tina Hargitay’s father died in Los Angeles, California, aged 80, from multiple myeloma. The Los Angeles Times noted in Hargitay’s obituary:

“Walter Winchell once said that what [President] Eisenhower did for golf, Mickey Hargitay did for bodybuilding, because he brought it to the forefront,” Gene Mozee, a bodybuilding historian, and writer for Iron Man magazine, told The Times on Monday. “Back in those days, bodybuilding was thought of as a freakish, unusual activity that wasn’t popular with the general public,” Mozee said. “At that time, athletic coaches discouraged lifting weights, thinking you’d become musclebound. And along came Mickey Hargitay, a great all-around athlete.

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