Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg
Bernadotte in Stockholm in June 2013
|Born||15 July 1924|
|Title||Countess Bernadotte of Wisborg|
Sigvard Bernadotte (1961-2002)
|Children||Robert Gabriel Tchang (1948-2012)
Richard Antoine Tchang (1950-1952)
Marie Gabrielle Tchang (b. 1953)
Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg (née Lindberg 15 July 1924 in Helsingborg, Sweden), is a Swedish actress and philanthropist who in 1961 married Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg, a former Prince of Sweden. She has been noted for her work supporting causes such as dyslexia, physical disabilities, and children's eye care and as a patron of the arts. As founder of The Sigvard & Marianne Bernadotte Research Foundation for Children’s Eye care, The International Research Foundation for Children’s Eye care Inc., The Marianne Bernadotte Scholarship Fund for Prominent Dyslexia Research and Education, and The Marianne & Sigvard Bernadotte Arts Fund, among other civic commitments, she actively supports public and voluntary service. Marianne Bernadotte was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Karolinska Institute in 1998 for her commitment to research in dyslexia and child ophthalmology and an Honorary Doctorate by the Bologna University Institute of Psychology in recognition of her contribution to dyslexia research in 2006.
One example of Marianne Bernadotte’s involvement in the world of Arts is the Marianne and Sigvard Bernadotte Arts Fund that she created in 1982 to mark Sigvard Bernadotte’s seventy-fifth birthday. Grants are awarded each year to young scholars in music, theatre, design and art. The scholarships provide young artists with the opportunity to develop their talents at an early stage in their careers, many of whom have later become very successful.
Marriage and family
Bernadotte is the daughter of Helge Lindberg and his wife Thyra Dahlman.
Her first marriage was to Gabriel Tchang, the son of a Chinese Ambassador in Stockholm. They had three children:
- Robert Gabriel Tchang (1948-2012)
- Richard Antoine Tchang (1950-1952)
- Marie Gabrielle Tchang (b. 1953).
She was a guest at the 2010 Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling.
Bernadotte studied at The Royal Dramatic Theatre Acting School Dramatens elevskola 1945-1948. After finishing her education, she was an actress as Marianne Lindberg at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm for eleven years.
In 1983 Marianne Bernadotte received a degree in the History of Art at the University of Stockholm. Her academic papers included work on the glass artist and sculptor Edvin Öhrström. Marianne Bernadotte has also been an international representative for Sotheby’s auction house.
Bernadotte is Honorary Chairman of The Swedish Dylexia Foundation and Honorary President of The International Rodin Remediation Academy. On her initiative, The Sigvard and Marianne Bernadotte Research Foundation was set up in 1989 for juvenile eye care. She took a similar initiative in establishing an international foundation in New York, and at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, she created the Sigvard and Marianne Bernadotte Research Laboratories of Pediatric Ophthalmology. In 1998, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the that institute.
She also has an Honorary Doctorate from the Bologna University Institute of Psychology in recognition of her contribution to dyslexia research in 2006.
Marianne Bernadotte is a patron of the arts, for example through the Marianne and Sigvard Bernadotte Arts Fund which she created in 1982 to mark Sigvard Bernadotte’s seventy-fifth birthday. Grants are awarded annually to young scholars in music, theatre, design and art. Many young artists with that opportunity to develop their talents at an early stage in their careers have later become very successful.