Carin Mannheimer was born and grew up in Osby in Scania. After studying in Lund, she lived in Gothenburg, where she has worked for Radio Sweden since 1968. Her first marriage was to Sören Mannheimer and in 1980 to the economist Gunnar Hansson. She was one of the left-wing intellectual critics who had a strong impact on debate in Sweden in the late 1960s and was a literary critic for papers and periodicals such as Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning, Arbetet, Ord & Bild, and Bonniers Litterära Magasin.
She became most prominent as the writer of various television series that were radical and popular in character. In the 1970s she triggered a debate with programmes and series such as Dela lika, 1972, Förr visste jag precis, 1974, and Lära för livet, 1977, and in the late 1980s she was well-loved for her extremely popular television series set in a Swedish terrace house neighbourhood, Svenska hjärtan, 1987. In 1995 her play Rika barn leka bäst attracted full houses at the Folkteatern playhouse in Gothenburg.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Carin Mannheimer has, among other activities, written and directed the television series Fru Marianne, 2001, Solbacken: Avd. E, 2003, and Saltön, 2005.
She is the recipient of a number of awards and honours, including Stora Gerontologprisen 2003 for her work documenting eldercare and Piraten-prisen 2010, and in 2011 she received an honorary doctorate at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.