Petra Schürmann

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Petra Schürmann
Petra Schürmann.jpg
Schürmann as an announcer for the Bayerischer Rundfunk, in the 1960s
Born Hildegard Petra Susanna Schürmann[1]/ Petra Hildegard Elisabeth Schürmann[2]
(1933-09-15)15 September 1933[3][4][5][6]
Mönchengladbach, Rhine Province, Germany
Died 14 January 2010(2010-01-14) (aged 76)
Starnberg,[7] Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Actress, model, presenter, beauty queen
Years active 1954–2004
Known for Miss World 1956
Spouse(s) Gerhard Freund (1973–2008)

Petra Schürmann-Freund (15 September 1933 – 14 January 2010) was a German actress, model, TV announcer and beauty queen who won Miss World 1956.[7]


Schürmann won the 1956 Miss World[10] contest, representing West Germany.[9][11][12] As of 2012 she is the only German to win this title,[9] with the exception of Gabriella Brum who won the title in 1980 but resigned one day later. The pageant was held in London, United Kingdom.[9] Interestingly, Petra Schürmann only came third in the Miss Germany pageant, but was chosen to represent her country in London because of her better knowledge of English.[13]

At that time she studied philosophy and history of the arts at the universities of Bonn and Cologne.[8][9] After winning her Miss World title she continued her studies in Munich.[13]

Beginning with the 1960s she entered an ongoing radio and television career, primarily with the Munich-based Bayerischer Rundfunk.[9] She also did some acting and wrote some books.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1973, she married the physician Dr. Gerhard Freund, who already back in 1967, under a veil of secrecy, had fathered their daughter Alexandra.[8] This was at a time when he was still wed to German actress Marianne Koch.[8] Alexandra Freund also had a successful career with the Munich broadcaster but died in 2001 aged 34 from an automobile accident when she collided with a wrong-way driver.[8] Petra Schürmann never really recovered from the loss of her daughter with whom she was very close.[7][8][9] From 2003 until her death, she was involved in an intimate relationship with Felix Raslag, CEO of a biotech company in Munich, who was 35 years her junior.[14][15][16][17]


Petra Schürmann retired with her husband to their house on the shores of Lake Starnberg south of Munich.[8] When he died in August 2008 they had been married for 35 years.[11][12][13] She died on 14 January 2010 in her home in Starnberg following a long illness.[7]


  1. ^ "Petra Schürmann, Stationen eines Lebens" (in German). Mittelbayerische Zeitung. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Michael Graeter (17 January 2010). "Der Skandal in den 60ern: Petra Schürmann liebte den Mann einer anderen" (in German). Abendzeitung. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "dpa-Newsticker – Petra Schürmann neben Tochter Alexandra beigesetzt" (in German). Zeit online. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "schuermann-petra/2010-01-19/traueranzeige". Sterbebildchen of Petra Schürmann-Freund at 19 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Uschi von Bayern (18 January 2010). "Meine beste Freundin" (in German). Abendzeitung. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Petra Schürmanns letzte Reise" (in German). Tz. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "TV-Moderatorin Petra Schürmann ist tot: Sie wollte ihre Tochter im Himmel wiedersehen" (in German). Münchner Merkur. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Sudholt, Eva (14 January 2010). "Ein Leben zwischen Schönheit und Schmerz" (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mutter, Moderatorin, Medienstar" (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Von der Miss World zum Fernsehstar" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Petra Schürmann ist tot" (in German). Der Spiegel. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c "Tragic star and media figure Petra Schürmann dies at 74". Young Germany, Societäts-Verlag. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Liebt Petra Schürmann diesen jungen Mann wirklich?". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Petra Schürmann: Ihre letzte Reise". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Petra Schürmann: Sie kommt nicht zur Ruhe". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "Petra Schürmann beigesetzt". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

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