Meet The Reclusive Mariska Hargitay’s Sister Tina Hargitay

Mariska and Tina Hargitay are half-siblings; same father but different mother.

By RahulPublished on: April 8, 2024 Updated on: June 17, 2024
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In the vast world of celebrity families, it’s easy to get caught up in the dazzle of the stars we see on screen. But sometimes, it’s the stories of those who live off the grid that capture our intrigue. Enter Tina Hargitay, a name that certainly piques interest for a very specific reason—she’s Mariska Hargitay‘s older half-sister, the powerhouse actress we’ve all admired in Law & Order: SVU.

Mariska and Tina share the same father, Mickey Hargitay Sr, but different moms. Likewise, Mickey Jr, and Zoltan, are Mickey Sr and Jayne Mansfield’s sons, while Jayne Marie is Mansfield’s daughter from her first marriage to Paul Mansfield. Apart from them, Mariska has another half-brother, Tony Cimber.

Despite Mariska’s frequent public appearances with her siblings, Tina’s absence has been notably consistent, hinting at their ‘apparent’ estranged relationship. So what’s up with them?

Let’s get into it and find out. Additionally, we’ll also discuss what Tina is doing nowadays.

She Prefers To Lie Low Unlike Her Half-Siblings

Tina and Mariska’s relationship isn’t the usual sister story, especially with Hollywood’s spotlight shining on them. You’d think that for big moments, like Mariska’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, the whole clan would rally together, right?

Well, Tina was noticeably absent from the scene with only Mickey Jr, 65, Zoltan, 63, and Jayne, 73, in the attendance.

But let’s not jump to conclusions about their bond—or lack thereof—too hastily. The plot thickens when you consider Tina’s social media connections. She’s actually friends with Mickey and Zoltan on Facebook, which kind of tosses the whole “estranged” theory into a gray area.

It’s not like she’s cut off from the family. But it appears Tina prefers to live a private life over the fanfare of public events, even ones as big as her sister’s star-studded celebrations.

There Has Been a Lot of False Information In Regard to her Photo

Many major websites have mistakenly published photos of Ellen Siano, claiming she is Tina, when in fact, she is Mariska’s stepmother. A comparison with photos in this blog clearly reveals who the real Tina is.

Mariska Hargitay's step-mom and Tina Hargitay in a picture.
Mariska’s step-mom Ellen (holding the baby) and Tina (above the baby) in a picture. Source: Facebook

She Now Enjoys Life as a Grandmother

At the age of 75, today Tina, the eldest sister in the Hargitay family, resides in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Despite her old age, she is incredibly healthy and well, leading a fulfilling life centered around her family.

Currently, she dedicates her time to her grandchildren and kids, who have become a central part of her life after the loss of her husband.

Her grandkids aren’t just part of her family; they’re her world. Take, for example, her grandson Dakota’s first football game. Tina was right there in the stands, cheering louder than anyone.

Tina Hargitay, her daughter, her grandchildren, and son-in-law.
Tina (far left) with her daughter (far right) and her grandchildren and son-in-law (center). Source: Facebook

Furthermore, Tina West maintains a close relationship with her children, Jeffrey and Natalie Pringle (ne’e West), frequently visiting them during holidays and other important occasions. Notably, during Natalie’s transition to motherhood, she provided invaluable assistance and support, an act that Natalie greatly appreciated.

Both Her Mom and Dad Have Passed Away

Just like Mariska, Tina Hargitay has also experienced the profound loss of both her parents. Her father, Mickey Hargitay, left this world at the age of 80 on September 14th, 2006 at his Los Angeles home.

He died after battling multiple myeloma, leaving behind a legacy and a family that cherished him deeply. Several decades prior on July 3rd, 1985, Tina’s mother, Mary Birge, passed away at the relatively young age of 56.

Mickey and Mary’s marriage lasted from April 2nd, 1948, until their divorce on September 6th, 1956. Post-divorce, custody of their daughter Tina was awarded to Mary, with Mickey mandated to pay child support.

But following Mickey’s remarriage to Jayne Mansfield in 1958, a prominent actress of the time, Mary petitioned the court for an increase in child support, arguing that Mansfield’s income should factor into the support calculations for Tina.

One of her Son was Murdered

Losing a child is an unimaginable sorrow, a heartache Tina knows all too well. Her son, Christopher E. ‘Chris’ West, tragically passed away at the tender age of 25 on August 27th, 2005. He died from a gunshot wound to the head.

In the wake of this tragedy, Kenneth E. Thurlow and Christopher A. Lewers were arrested for their involvement in the incident.

The loss of Chris plunged Tina into the depths of grief, marking a sorrowful chapter in her life. To this day, she and Chris’ siblings remember him, often posting statuses on his birthday.

Her Husband Was a Vietnam War Veteran

Tina’s husband, Mark West, was more than just a partner; he was a Vietnam War veteran with stories of bravery and resilience. Drafted into the United States Marine Corps, he spent 13 months in the Republic of Vietnam as a recon scout. He returned home in 1971, after being honorably discharged.

Tina Hargitay West and her late husband Mark.
Tina Hargitay West and her late husband Mark. Source: Facebook

Mark’s life took a turn when he married Tina Marie, marking the beginning of a 35-year journey together. She wasn’t just his wife; she was also his first passenger after he earned his private pilot license.

Sadly, Mark’s story concluded unexpectedly at the age of 64, on June 14th, 2011, in their home in Sandpoint, Idaho.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.