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Swank joins SVU star for star event

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank paid tribute to Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay as the TV actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Million Dollar Baby actress has been a close friend of the actress since they met on the set of medical drama ER. Mariska is now best known as Detective Olivia Benson in the Law and Order spin-off drama, which will soon celebrate its fifteenth season.

The TV star is already a Hollywood legacy as the daughter of 1950s sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, who was killed in a car accident when Mariska was three.

Paying tribute to her friend's "star-like qualities", Hilary said: "Mariska is rare that in her success she finds a way to inspire and empower other people.

"There is one wish I have when it comes to Mariska, it would have been wonderful to meet her mom, who from the pictures we see, had the same bright light.

"But it is so beautiful that today their two stars are shining together here on Hollywood Boulevard for the rest of time."

Wiping away tears, Mariska said: "The thing about our stars is they exist in constellations, they have more meaning together than they do alone, and the one that is most obvious to me is the constellation that I make with my mother.

"This very precious and very private and very public constellation of two is now a beautiful symbol of us together in this very special place."

The actress was also joined by Will and Grace comedienne Debra Messing, Prisoners actress Maria Bello and SVU co-star Danny Pino for her special day.

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