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Maria Furtwängler
German actress

Maria Furtwängler

Maria Furtwängler
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Intro German actress
A.K.A. Charlotte Lindholm, Maria Burda, Maria Furtwängler-Burda
Is Actor Physician
From Germany
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Healthcare
Gender female
Birth 13 September 1966, Munich, Germany
Age 56 years
Star sign Virgo
Mother: Kathrin Ackermann
Spouse: Hubert Burda
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Maria Furtwängler-Burda (born 13 September 1966) is a German physician and television actress.

Early life

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.

After leaving secondary school, Furtwängler 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.

Personal life

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.

They have two children, Jakob (born 1990) and Elisabeth (born 1992).


Furtwängler began her acting career in the mid-1990s. Ever since, she has acted 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 March of Millions, and Die Schicksalsjahre and cinema production The Weather Inside (Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen).

For her work in Tatort and March of Millions Furtwängler was honored with Germany’s most important award in the field of acting. With the movie The Weather Inside she won best actress at the 2morrow festival in Moscow; she was shortlisted in the Deutscher Filmpreis (German film prize). The film opened at the 2016 German film Festival in New York City.


Since its inception in 2005, Furtwängler has been involved in the Burda-sponsored Digital Life Design (DLD) conference series. She annually hosts a joint Burda/DLD networking reception at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

In 2010 Furtwängler founded the MALISAhome in the Philippines. For the ONE Campaign, she became a goodwill ambassador for Women, Girls and Child Health. In 2015 she co-signed the ONE Campaign's open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women. Also in 2015, she interviewed Merkel on development policy issues for the Chancellor’s weekly podcast.

In 2013, after a meeting with Eve Ensler in Berlin, Furtwängler became more involved campaigning to end violence against women and girls 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.

On International Women’s Day 2016, Furtwängler supported the call of UN Women's German National Committee for a reform of the German legislation on sexual violence, based around the No Mean No consent principle, which is currently not recognised in Germany). Also on International Women’s Day 2016, she co-authored an op-ed with Manuela Schwesig, the German Minister for family, older people, women and youth, highlighting the need for a stronger sexual violence law and for an end to stereotyping of women and men, particularly in the media.

Other activities

Corporate boards

  • Celesio, Member of the Advisory Board on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (since 2010)

Non-profit organizations

  • Dominik Brunner Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Felix Burda Foundation, Member of the Council
  • German Doctors for Developing Countries, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees
  • Hubert Burda Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • MaLisa Foundation, Co-Founder and Member of the Board
  • Stiftung Lesen, Ambassador


  • 2016 12. Festival des deutschen Films for Dramatic Art for The weather inside
  • 2016 2morrow-Award
  • 2013 Jupiter Award for Best TV Actress for Tatort: Wegwerfmädchen
  • 2010 Karl-Valentin-Orden
  • 2010 Bavarian constitutional medal in silver
  • 2009 Romy for Most Popular Cast in a Series
  • 2008 DIVA-Award in the category “Best Leading Actress” for Die Flucht
  • 2008 Jupiter Award for Best TV Actress in Die Flucht
  • 2008 Goldene Kamera for Best Female TV Inspector (Readers Choice)
  • 2007 Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 2007 Goldene Henne in the category “Television – Drama”
  • 2007 German Television Award for Best Actress in 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"
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