Sunday, April 21, 2024

Mariska Hargitay Directed “SVU” Paid Tribute to Richard Belzer and to Mariska’s Late Mother, Jayne Mansfield


Tonight’s episode of “Law & Order SVU” was directed by star Mariska Hargitay.

At the end of the show there was a card dedicating the episode to Richard Belzer, who died this week and played Det. John Munch for 15 seasons.

There was another tribute, too. Guest star Bradley Whitford said to Hargitay’s Olivia Benson as she left his hospital room: You have an ass like the devil and a face like Jayne Mansfield.”


Screen siren Jayne Mansfield was Hargitay’s mother in real life. She died in a terrible car accident in June 1967 in New Orleans. She was just 33. She would be so proud of Mariska, now in her 23rd season of “SVU” and NBC’s biggest star.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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