Mariska Hargitay receives Walk of Fame star


The Emmy-winning actress received the 2,511th star Friday morning. The honor comes as the NBC legal drama celebrates its 15th season.

While Hargitay is thrilled with the honor, it's the location of the star that she was especially pleased about. Her star on the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard is right next to the star of her late mother, actress Jayne Mansfield.

Inspired by her role in "SVU," Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004, which aims to heal, educate and empower victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The foundation has served more than 13,500 people through its programs and connected more than 1.5 million people through its website, blogs and social media efforts.

Hargitay's other television credits include roles in the CBS police drama "Downtown" during the 1986-87 season, the CBS comedy "Can't Hurry Love" during the 1995-96 season and the 1997 NBC police drama, "Prince Street."

She has also acted in episodes of "ER" and "Ellen." She also played an NBC executive in the fourth season of NBC's classic comedy, "Seinfeld."

City News Service contributed to this report.

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