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Maria Furtwängler

Maria Furtwängler

German actress
The basics
Occupations Actor Physician
Countries Germany
A.K.A. Charlotte Lindholm, Maria Burda, Maria Furtwängler-Burda
Gender female
Birth September 13, 1966 (Munich)
Mother: Kathrin Ackermann
Spouse: Hubert Burda
Education Technical University of Munich
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Maria Furtwängler
The details

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.

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

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).


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 cinema production The weather inside – Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen.

For her work in Tatort and Die Flucht Furtwängler 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.

Furtwängler is also planning to become more active as a film producer.


Since its inception in 2005, Furtwängler has been actively 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 Furtwängler signed an open letter, which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Chancellor 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.[1] Also in 2015, she interviewed Merkel on development policy issues for the Chancellor’s weekly podcast.

In November 2013, Furtwängler 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.

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 (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.

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"


  • 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)
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