Maria Furtwängler

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Maria Furtwängler
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Furtwängler in 2018
Born (1966-09-13) 13 September 1966 (age 51)
Munich, West Germany
Occupation physician, actress
Spouse(s) Hubert Burda (m. 1991)
Children 2

Maria Furtwängler-Burda (born 13 September 1966) is a German physician and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Maria Furtwängler-Burda is a daughter of architect Bernhard Furtwängler and actress Kathrin Ackermann, great-niece and step-granddaughter of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and granddaughter of politician Katharina von Kardorff-Oheimb. She has two older brothers, David and Felix. She was given her first movie role, for which she earned a bike, at the age of seven in Zum Abschied Chrysanthemen, produced by her uncle Florian Furtwängler. Her mother taught her acting and she later took acting classes in Germany and other countries.[citation needed]

After leaving secondary school, Maria Furtwängler-Burda studied medicine at the University of Montpellier, France, and graduated from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. Afterwards she trained and worked as a medical doctor.

In addition to her native German, she is fluent in French, English, and Italian.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On 8 November 1991 Maria married billionaire publisher Hubert Burda (born 1940), the youngest son of publishers Franz Burda and Aenne Burda, and CEO of Hubert Burda Media, an international media group, which publishes more than 180 magazine titles, including many fashion magazines. Her father-in-law was a prominent publisher in Nazi Germany who benefited from "Aryanization" of Jewish property and developed his family's small printing business into a large media conglomerate.[1]

They have two children, Jakob (born 1990) and Elisabeth (born 1992).[citation needed]


In the mid-1990s Furtwängler decided to pursue her television career. For more nearly twenty years she has been acting in German television series and productions such as the Tatort series, as a Hanover-based police detective Charlotte Lindholm since 2002, the successful television movies Die Flucht, and Die Schicksalsjahre and her currently published cinema production The weather inside – Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen.[citation needed]

For her work in Tatort and Die Flucht she was honored with Germany’s most important award in the field of acting. With the movie The weather inside she was honored with the award for best actress at the 2morrow festival in Moscow and is already nominated in the preselection of Deutscher Filmpreis (German film prize). The film had his grand opening on 7 April 2016 at the German film festival in New York City.

Maria Furtwängler is also planning to become more active as a film producer.[citation needed]


In 2010 she founded the MALISAhome in the Philippines. She is Member of the board of trustees Hubert-Burda-Stiftung and became a “ONE”-ambassador for Women, Girls and Child Health. In 2015 she signed an open letter, which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively. Their priorities will be set in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[1]

In November 2013, she met Eve Ensler in Berlin and got inspired by her to get more involved in ending violence against women and girls also in Germany. She is particularly interested in the role of the media in perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes. She has been inspired by the Geena Davis Institute and by the Women’s Media Center in the US.[citation needed]

On International Women’s Day 2016, she supported UN Women German National Committee’s call for a reform of the German legislation on sexual violence (asking for a law that is based on the “no means no” - consent principle, which is currently not the case in Germany). Also on International Women’s Day 2016, she co-authored an op-ed with the German Minister for family, older people, women and youth, Manuela Schwesig, highlighting the need for a stronger sexual violence law and for an end to stereotyping of women and men, particularly in the media.[citation needed]


  • 2016 12. Festival des deutschen Films for Dramatic Art for The weather inside
  • 2016 2morrow-Award
  • 2013 Jupiter-Filmpreis for best TV-actress for Tatort: Wegwerfmädchen
  • 2010 Karl-Valentin-Orden
  • 2010 Bavarian constitutional medal in silver
  • 2009 Romy for most popular series cast
  • 2008 DIVA-Award in the category “Best Leading Actress” for Die Flucht
  • 2008 JUPITER in the category “Best TV-Actress” for Die Flucht
  • 2008 GOLDENE KAMERA in the category “Best Female TV-Inspector” (Readers Choice)
  • 2007 Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merit)
  • 2007 Goldene Henne in the category “Television – Drama”
  • 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis in the category “Best Actress” for Tatort-Episodes Pauline and Das namenlose Mädchen
  • 2005 Siegfried-Lowitz-Preis for Dramatic Art
  • 2003 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her commitment in the aid organization “German Doctors"


  • 2015 Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen (Cinema)
  • 2015 Tatort – Spielverderber (Director: Hartmut Schoen)
  • 2014 Tatort– Der sanfte Tod (Director: Alexander Adolph)
  • 2012 Tatort Doppelfolge – Wegwerfmädchen/ Das goldene Band (Director: Franziska Meletzky)
  • 2010 Schicksalsjahre (Director: Miguel Alexandre)
  • 2008 Tatort: Salzleiche (Director: Christiane Balthasar)
  • 2007 Tatort: Wem Ehre gebührt (Director: Angelina Maccarone)
  • 2007 Räuber Kneißl (Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller)
  • 2007 Tatort: Das namenlose Mädchen (Director: Michael Gutmann)
  • 2006 Die Flucht, or March of Millions (Director: Kai Wessel)
  • 2005 Tatort: Pauline (Director: Niki Stein)
  • 2005 Tatort: Schwarzes Herz (Director: Thomas Jauch)
  • 2005 Tatort: Atemnot (Director: Thomas Jauch)
  • 2004 Tatort: Märchenwald (Director: Christiane Balthasar)
  • 2004 Tatort: Dunkle Wege (Director: Christiane Balthasar)
  • 2003 Tatort: Sonne und Sturm (Director: Thomas Jauch)
  • 2003 Tatort: Heimspiel (Director: Thomas Jauch)
  • 2003 Mr. und Mrs. Right (Director: Torsten C. Fischer)
  • 2002 Zu nah am Feuer (Director: Dietmar Klein)
  • 2002 So fühlt sich Liebe an (Director: Peter Gersina)
  • 2002 Tatort: Hexentanz (Director: René Heisig)
  • 2001 Donna Leon – Commissario Brunetti (Director: Sigi Rothemund)
  • 2001 Tatort: Lastrumer Mischung (Director: Thomas Jauch)
  • 2000 Das Glück ist eine Insel (Director: Gloria Behrens)
  • 1999 Die achte Todsünde: Gespensterjagd (Director: Stephan Meyer)
  • 1999 Dir zu Liebe (Director: Hans Werner)
  • 1999 Siska – Mord frei Haus (Director: Hans-Jürgen Tögel)
  • 1998 Kap der guten Hoffnung (Director: Vera Loebner)
  • 1998 Der Fahnder (Director: Peter Adam)
  • 1997 Kap der guten Hoffnung (Director: Hans Werner)
  • 1997 Herzflimmern (Director: Dieter Kehler)
  • 1996 Das Haus an der Küste (Director: Dieter Kehler)
  • 1996 Herz über Kopf (Director: Hans-Jürgen Tögel)
  • 1994 Drei Frauen und (k)ein Mann (Director: Hans-Jürgen Tögel)
  • 1986/90 Eine glückliche Familie (Director: Nicki Müllerschön u.a.)
  • 1974 Zum Abschied Chrysanthemen (Director: Florian Furtwängler)


  1. ^ Peter Köpf: Die Burdas. Europa Verlag Berlin, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-203-79145-5, p. 42.
  • Silke Burmester: "'F' wie Furtwängler." taz, 28 September 2006, p. 18. [1]
  • Sven Astheimer: "Die Freundin der kühlen Blonden." FAZ, 30 September 2006, p. C3. [2]

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