Vivica Bandler

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Vivica Bandler
Vivica bandler 1997.jpg
Vivica Bandler, 1997q
Born Vivica von Frenckell
(1917-02-05)5 February 1917
Helsinki, Finland
Died 30 June 2004(2004-06-30) (aged 87)
Helsinki, Finland
Spouse(s) Kurt Bandler

Vivica Bandler (February 5, 1917 – July 30, 2004) was a Finnish theater director and agronomist.[1] She founded a theater in Helsinki and is credited popularizing avant-garde Finnish theater.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Vivica von Frenckell was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1917. She was the daughter of Helsinki Mayor Erik von Frenckell and theater historian Ester-Margaret Lindberg.[2] She studied agronomy, graduating in 1943. She then maintained her family home, Saari Manor, a historic home located in Tammela, Finland.[3] She served in the Lotta Svärd during World War II and eventually married Austrian Kurt Bandler.[citation needed]

Theater work[edit]

After the war she started working in an amateur theater in Tammela.[2] She studied, in Paris, France in the 1930s, under a French movie director. Upon her return to Helsinki she sought to become a film director, but because of her gender, the opportunity was lacking. She went on to get her degree in agriculture, instead.[3]

In 1939, she founded Helsinki's first Swedish student theater, Studentteaternin. Bandler also served as director of the theater. When visiting film directors came to film in Finland she often served as translator, such as Jacques Feyder.[2] In 1969, she was awarded the Order of the Lion of Finland.[citation needed]


Film director Tuija-Maija Niskanen made the film Jäähyväiset (Avskedet) based on Bandler's life.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Moring, Cherry. "Vivica Bandler". Hok Elannon Hautauspalvelu. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Belinka, Karmela (1998). Vivica Bandler and clowns laugh. Juva: Wiley. pp. 31–40. ISBN 951-0-22607-6. 
  3. ^ a b Robert Aldrich (5 December 2000). Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day. Taylor & Francis. pp. 28–29. ISBN 978-0-415-22974-6. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bengt Ahlfors: Människan Vivica Bandler: 82 skisser till ett porträtt, Helsinki: Schildts, 2011.
  • Vivica Bandler ja Carita Backström: Vastaanottaja tuntematon, omaelämäkerta, Otava 1992 (alkuteos Adressaten okänd, Tukholma: Norstedt 1992).
  • Lasse Pöysti: Jalat maahan. Otava 1991. ISBN 951-1-11611-8

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