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Meet the Newest (Furry) Love of Taylor Swift's Life | Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's New Feline Friend Is Named for a TV Detective

Originally posted 06/19/2014 09:00AM

Me-WOW, Mariska Hargitay.

It appears that Taylor Swift has welcomed a new cat, and named her fab feline addition after Hargitay's most famous character: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's detective Olivia Benson.

On Wednesday, Swift shared an Instagram of a fluffy white kitten sitting sweetly in her lap with the simple caption, "Meet Olivia Benson." No confirmation on whether or not the cutie is actually her kitty, though the rest of the Twitterverse seems to think so.

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PHOTOS: What Your Favorite Celebs Are Eating – and Tweeting – Right Now

PHOTOS: What Your Favorite Celebs Are Eating – and Tweeting – Right Now

Originally posted 02/21/2014 09:30AM

See who's making us hungry this week...

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Video: Mariska Hargitay Relives Her Strangest Fan Encounter on Chelsea Lately

Video: Mariska Hargitay Relives Her Strangest Fan Encounter on Chelsea Lately

Originally posted 02/05/2014 09:25AM

Has anyone ever told you that you looked like a celebrity? Well, someone recently said that to Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, though it turned out to be a left-handed compliment.

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Mariska Hargitay Lets Her Silly Shades Do the Talkin': She's 50 and Fabulous!

Mariska Hargitay Celebrates 50th Birthday on Set in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 01/24/2014 12:00PM

Age is clearly nothing but a number for Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, who happily celebrated turning 50 on set in N.Y.C. Thursday, flaunting it with a pair of giant silver glasses announcing her milestone birthday.

Hargitay was all smiles as she accepted a pink rose, lily and daisy-covered birthday cake, Tweeting a photo of the colorful confection, which she noted was gluten-free.

Hargitay, who plays the tough and tender Sergeant Olivia Benson on the long-running show, now in its 15th season, has been a poster girl for embracing beauty and change as she grows older in the celebrity spotlight. She told Ladies' Home Journal last year that she was proud of her curves as a mother of three children, eschewing Hollywood's over-sexualized and unrealistic expectations of women.

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Mariska Hargitay: Amaya Stands Up for Her Bullied Brother

Mariska Hargitay: Amaya Stands Up for Her Bullied Brother

Originally posted 09/18/2013 08:40AM

"My daughter is the boss of me," the Law & Order SVU star jokes

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In Case You Missed It: Mariska Hargitay Loves Her Curves from Motherhood

Stories You Loved: Mariska Hargitay Loves Her Curves from Motherhood

Originally posted 02/16/2013 02:30PM

In another week of tragedy, it was a breath of fresh air to read something lighthearted, like Mariska Hargitay's outlook on her body after baby.

Readers loved the reason why the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, 49, embraces her curves.

"I love my curves because they scream, 'I'm a mama!' " the actress said. "I'm the girl who started wearing maternity pants about an hour after I found out I was pregnant because I was so excited about becoming a mom."

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Mariska Hargitay Loves Her Curves from Motherhood

Mariska Hargitay Loves Her Curves from Motherhood

Originally posted 02/08/2013 11:15AM

Motherhood and the perspective of age have helped Mariska Hargitay become a more confident – and fulfilled – woman and actress.

The longtime Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, 49, answered candid questions about life and aging from readers for the Ladies' Home Journal's March cover story, on newsstands Feb. 12.

"I love my curves because they scream, 'I'm a mama!' I'm the girl who started wearing maternity pants about an hour after I found out I was pregnant because I was so excited about becoming a mom," Hargitay, a mother of three, happily offers, noting that while she runs to stay fit, it's carrying toddlers up the stairs in her home that now add strength training to her daily workouts.

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Al Pacino, Christopher Walken & Alan Arkin Are Stand Up Guys in N.Y.C. | Al Pacino

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken & Alan Arkin Are Stand Up Guys in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 12/09/2012 12:45PM

It was an A-list party for the A-listers!

On Sunday night, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies celebrated their new film Stand Up Guys at The Oak Room in New York's Plaza Hotel.

"Al Pacino chatted with Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and director Fisher Stevens as they sipped on cocktails," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

It was a star-studded affair as Ben Stiller, Liev Schreiber, Matt Dillion, Jeremy Piven, Mariska Hargitay, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Cumming, Girls' Zosia Mamet and Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale were all also in attendance.

After the screening at the Museum of Modern Art ended, guests enjoyed Appleton Estate cocktails, small bites of lobster claw, salmon tartar, mushroom crostinis and shrimp cocktails.
– Melody Chiu

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Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Thomas Are Married! | Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas

Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Thomas Are Married!

Originally posted 06/30/2012 08:00PM

Only three months after announcing their engagement, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas have tied the knot.

The 30 Rock star, 54, and yoga instructor, who is at least 25 years his junior, wed on Saturday at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York, a friend of the couple's confirms to PEOPLE.

The bride – who'll now take Baldwin's name – wore a silk magnolia trumpet Amsale gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole back neckline accented with crystal buttons.

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PHOTO: Mariska Hargitay & Hilary Swank Toss Out Beads for Mardi Gras | Hilary Swank, Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Originally posted 02/22/2012 11:10AM

Forget about Law & Order – stars like Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank got into the Mardi Gras spirit this week in New Orleans, participating in the festival's traditional Krewe of Orpheus parade on Monday.

Decked out in bright, sparkling attire atop a decorated float, the actresses tossed beads and doubloons to the crowd gathered along the parade route.

Singer Bret Michaels, donning a bandana and sunglasses, also rode in the procession and tossed out beads to the throng of spectators.

The Poison frontman posted pictures of himself with both actresses on his Twitter feed. – Liz Raftery

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