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Law & Order Star Mariska Hargitay to Narrate Animated Documentary

Added: (Wed Sep 20 2006)

Pressbox (Press Release) - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, USA (September 18, 2006) – Mariska Hargitay, who portrays Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is set to narrate a uniquely animated documentary about a cartoonist’s escape from Hungary during the country's bloodiest revolution.

Ms. Hargitay, a 2006 Emmy® Winner, 2005 Golden Globe Winner for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and a 2004 SAG Nominee for Lead Actress, is the daughter of screen legend Jayne Mansfield and Budapest-born body builder Mickey Hargitay, Mr. Universe 1955. She gained recognition with NBC audiences from her recurring role on ER as Dr. Greene's sometimes scattered girlfriend, desk clerk Cynthia Hooper, in the 1997-98 season of the award-winning drama. Other television credits include starring roles in the television movies The Advocates Devil, Night Sins, and David Lynch’s Hotel Room. Additionally, Ms. Hargitay was seen in guest-starring roles on Seinfeld, Ellen, thirtysomething, Wiseguy, and In the Heat of the Night.

Freedom Dance, the animated documentary by Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer and Telly Award Winning animator Craig Herron, retells the story of artist Edward Hilbert who, during his four months on the road to freedom with his newly wedded wife, kept a journal of cartoons detailing an adventure that included having his apartment hit by a blast from a Russian tank; a tense smuggling out of Budapest in a truck of crated apples; the robbery by an opportunistic escort; a dream-like Christmas in Vienna; and a punishing ocean voyage across the January Atlantic.

Mr. Hilbert also designed and illustrated hundreds of pictures used as the basis for the movie's unique 2-and-a-half-'D' animation. Freedom Dance is scheduled for release in November 2006.

Sadly Mr. Hilbert passed away on August 22, 2006 due to complications from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; daughters Rose Crowley and Michelle Batt; and a baby granddaughter. The Hilbert family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the documentary's completion. For details on how to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the movie's official website http://www.freedomdancethemovie.com.

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