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PHOTO: Mariska Hargitay is the spitting image of her mom

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

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Mariska Hargitay is the beautiful daughter of the equally stunning late actress Jayne Mansfield, but we never realized how much the SVU star looked like her mom — until now.

Mariska Hargitay is a beautiful woman in her own right, but we never realized how much she looks like her mother, the late old-Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield.

On her Instagram account, Hargitay posted a split-screen shot of half of her own face next to half of her mother's face, and it truly looks like the same woman with different hair and lipstick.

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Hargitay was just 3 years old when Mansfield was killed in a car accident, and the tot was sleeping in the backseat at the time.

"Losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul," she told Redbook. "But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today. I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here."

Hargitay has a big reason to celebrate this week: Her hit show Law and Order: SVU was just renewed for its 16th season, according to showrunner Warren Leight.

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