She was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Olivia Benson in Law and Order: SVU
While attending UCLA, she was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in 1982, and came in fourth place for the Miss California USA pageant.
She made her television debut in 1986's Downtown as Jesse Smith, and two years later played herself in Mr. Universe.
Her mother died when she was three, so her father, former Mr. Universe, took care of her siblings and her. She married Peter Hermann in 2004, the couple welcomed a son named August in June of 2006.
Her mother is the late actress Jayne Mansfield, who became known as the Working Man's Monroe.
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