mariska-hargitay-50th-birthday-christopher meloni-gi.jpgYou might not believe it, but Jan. 23 is the 50th birthday of supreme “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” goddess Mariska Hargitay. Clearly the woman also known as Det. Olivia Benson has been sacrificing virgin blood at an altar of some sort, because girlfriend looks amazing.

In honor of the “SVU” star’s big day, we decided to honor her real-life friendship with her former on-screen partner, Christopher Meloni. The two still frequent charity events together, even though Meloni (a.k.a. Elliot Stabler) left the show several years ago.

Benson and Stabler forever, yo! Let’s celebrate Hargitay with pictures of her and Meloni being BFFs through the years, from 2002 to 2014, from the White House Correspondents Dinner to random charity events.

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