She made her literary debut in 1952 with the poetry collection Dåp under sju stjerner. Among her other collections are Merke etter liv from 1962, Brød og tran from 1969, and Falle og reise seg att from 1980. She was awarded the Swedish Academy’s Dobloug Prize in 1983, and the Nynorsk Literature Prize in 1997.
She was the mother of Magnus Takvam.
In 1977 Marie Takvam played the main character in Vibeke Løkkeberg's film Åpenbaringen. One of the film scenes shows Takvam's bare bottom. The critics were shocked, and described her body as repulsive and old.
- Dåp under sju stjerner, 1952
- Syngjande kjelder, 1954
- Merke etter liv, 1962
- Mosaikk i lys, 1965
- Brød og tran, 1969
- Auger, hender, 1975
- Dansaren, 1975
- Falle og reise seg att, 1980
- Brevet frå Alexandra, 1981
- Aldrande drabantby, 1987
- Rognebær, 1990
- Dikt i samling, 1997
- Åpenbaringen (1977)
- Det tause flertall (1977)
- Hvem har bestemt? (1978)
- Løperjenten (1981)
- Sylte, Gudrun. "Marie Takvam". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Marie Takvam". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- (in Norwegian) Profile: "Takvam, Marie" – nrk.no litteratur (Retrieved on January 29, 2008)
- (in Norwegian) "Nordiske priser" Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on January 29, 2008)
- (in Norwegian) Cato Fossum: "Den farlige intimiteten"– forskning.no (25.jun 2007) (Retrieved on January 29, 2008)
- "Marie Takvam" – Internet Movie Database (Retrieved on January 29, 2008)
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