Marie was born on May 30, 1958 in the south of Sweden, and began her music career in the 1980s. In 1986 she teamed up with Per Gessle in Roxette.
Their debut single 'Neverending Love' followed by the album 'Pearls of Passion' in 1986 made them stars in Sweden, followed by international recognition wth the single 'The Look' from Roxette’s second album 'Look Sharp!' in the spring of 1989.
Other massive hits by the group included 'Listen To Your Heart', 'It Must Have Been Love' and 'Joyride', as well as numerous worldwide radio staples like 'Dressed For Success', 'How Do You Do!', 'Sleeping In My Car', 'Dangerous', 'Fading Like A Flower' and so many more.
In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful.
Her extremely strong fighting spirit meant that by 2009 Marie was able to start a gradual return to the world’s stages. However by 2016, doctors had advised that she wouldn't be able to tour again.
Marie's bandmate Per also commented on the death of his longtime friend.
“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!
Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.