Maria Furtwängler

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Maria Furtwängler
Maria Furtwängler (Berlinale 2012).jpg
Furtwängler in 2012
Born (1966-09-13) 13 September 1966 (age 49)
Munich, West Germany
Occupation physician, actress
Spouse(s) Hubert Burda (1991–present)
Children Jakob Burda
Elisabeth Burda

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

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of architect Bernhard Furtwängler and actress Kathrin Ackermann and both great-niece and step-granddaughter of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.

Career and activism[edit]

After school Maria Furtwängler trained and then worked as a medical doctor.

In the mid-1990s Furtwängler continued her television career. Since 2002 she has been particularly successful as Hanover-based police detective Charlotte Lindholm in the Tatort series.

She focuses her charitable work on Ärzte für die Dritte Welt (Physicians for the Third World).

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, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991 she married the billionaire art historian and publisher Hubert Burda (born 1940), the youngest son of publisher Aenne Burda and CEO of Hubert Burda Media, an international media group which publishes more than 180 magazine titles, including many fashion magazines. The couple has two children, Jakob (born 1990) and Elisabeth (born 1992).


Among the awards Furtwängler has won are a Bambi and the Deutscher Fernsehpreis in 2007, the Goldene Kamera in 2008 and the Romy in 2009.

She has also been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003 and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2007 for her charitable work.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Wir Furtwänglers: Elisabeth Furtwängler, Kathrin Ackermann, Maria Furtwängler, author: Gunna Wendt, publisher: Langen - Mueller Verlag (Sep 2010) ISBN 978-3784432397


  1. ^ Tracy McVeigh. "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Maria Furtwängler - Details". The Foundation - The Committees - Awards Committee. Roland Berger Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  • 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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