Maria Furtwängler

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

Early life

She is the daughter of architect Bernhard Furtwängler and actress[Kathrin Ackermann] and both great-niece and step-granddaughter of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.She has two older brothers, David und Felix. She is the grand-daughter of politician Katharina von Kardorff-Oheimb. At the age of seven she had her first role in the movie Zum Abschied Chrysanthemen, which was produced by her uncle Florian Furtwängler. She earned a bike for playing in that movie. She was taught to act from her mother and later on she took acting classes in Germany and other countries. After graduating school, Maria Furtwängler studied medicine at the university in Montpellier, France. She graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany. Afterwards she trained and then worked as a medical doctor. She also speaks French, English and Italian fluently.

Personal life

On November 8, 1991 Maria got married to 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.


In the mid-1990s Furtwängler decided to pursue her television career. For more nearly twenty years she has been acting in leading German television series and productions such as the Tatort series, which she has been particularly successful 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.

Most of her movies received the highest ratings and reached an audience of more than 10 Million German viewers, especially the Tatort-productions. 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 price). The film had his grand opening on April 7, 2016 at the German film festival in New York City. Maria Furtwängler is also planning to become more active as a film producer.


Although Maria Furtwängler claims that being an actress is her passion, being a physician will always remain an integral part of her life. She has been a very committed and active person. As such, she chairs the Board of Trustees of the initiative German Doctors, Ärzte für die Dritte Welt(Physicians for the Third World). This initiative coordinates physicians who dedicate their annual vacation to medical aid projects in various countries. Maria Furtwängler herself has repeatedly participated in such projects.

In 2010 the mother of two children 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. There 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.

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.

She is currently in the process of setting up a new foundation with her daughter Lisa, and in this context, she is interested in meeting inspiring philanthropists, notably Jennifer and Peter Buffett.


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