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Thu May 9, 2024, 11:59 PM May 9

Mariska Hargitay Helps Lost Child Who Thought Olivia Benson Was a Real Police Officer

After a quarter of a century playing the NYPD’s Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay has saved a lot of fictional New York children. And according to People, Hargitay recently helped a real lost little girl who walked up to the actor to ask for help while she was shooting an episode of SVU, believing Hargitay to be an actual police officer.

Per People, the child got separated from her mother on April 10 at the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park, an event that coincided with Hargitay and the crew shooting one of the final episodes of SVU’s 25th season. Hargitay, the star of SVU and an executive producer on the show, halted production on the episode for 20 minutes after the girl approached her, taking the time to help reunite her with her mother.


I think this is a cute story and pleased it has a happy ending

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Mariska Hargitay Helps Lost Child Who Thought Olivia Benson Was a Real Police Officer (Original Post) rpannier May 9 OP
Her Mom would be proud. Permanut May 10 #1
Not sure the real name Old Crank May 10 #2


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1. Her Mom would be proud.
Fri May 10, 2024, 01:30 AM
May 10

Mariska Hargitay's Mother, Jane Mansfield, died in a car accident in June of 1967. The crash involved a semi truck, which had no barrier on the back to prevent a vehicle from going underneath.

As a result of that crash, efforts were successful in requiring barriers to be installed on every trailer; we see them now with the red and white stripes; there's probably a technical name for these barriers, but they are commonly referred to as Mansfield bars. Many lives have since been saved.

Just as a side note, Mariska was three years old at the time of the crash, and was in the car. As far as I know she does not remember the crash.

Old Crank

(4,008 posts)
2. Not sure the real name
Fri May 10, 2024, 02:00 AM
May 10

But we called them ICC bars. Required by the Interstate commerce commission.

An aside. They need to mandate side protection between the wheels of trucks to protect peds and cyclists. Unfortunately no celebrities have been sucked under the wheels.

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