In Der Baulöwe © DEFA-Stiftung, Waltraut Pathenheimer
Annekathrin Bürger was born in Berlin on April 3, 1937. After failing her drama school entrance examination, she worked as a set design assistant. Thanks to an appearance in a short documentary, she was discovered by director Gerhard Klein, who then cast her in the leading role in Eine Berliner Romanze. She played an unassuming young woman, the love interest of Hans—played by Ulrich Thein, who later became her first husband.
Bürger studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1956 to 1959, and her career blossomed. She was a success in one of the leading roles in Slatan Dudow’s Verwirrung der Liebe. Bürger was also cast in the first East German-Soviet co-production, Fünf Tage, fünf Nächte, playing a young woman who returns from a concentration camp after WWII to her destroyed city, Dresden.
After a short engagement at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin (1959-60), Bürger performed at the Senftenberg Theater from 1960 to 1963 and at the Berlin Volksbühne from 1965 to 2002. Bürger—who has over 100 film and television credits to her name—has starred in literary adaptations, crime dramas, comedies, political thrillers and two East German Westerns: Tödlicher Irrtum and Tecumseh. Her performance was particularly impressive in the television adaptation of Hans Fallada’s Wolf unter Wölfen, with co-star Armin Mueller-Stahl. Bürger also shared the screen with Mueller-Stahl in the remarkable Frank Beyer film Königskinder. She also appeared frequently in three popular television crime series: Polizeiruf 110, Die Stein and Tatort.
Bürger made no secret of her critical attitude regarding cultural affairs in East Germany and officially protested against the expatriation of singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann in 1976. She was a member of one of the groups that organized the historic Berlin demonstration on November 4, 1989, where she also performed the song “Words of a Political Prisoner to Stalin.” At the time of the collapse of the GDR, she chaired the National People’s Movement Congress.
In 2006, Annekathrin Bürger was honored as the “Dream Woman of the 1950s” at the Berlin International Film Festival. She is also an accomplished chanson singer and has toured with music-literary programs since 1965. In 2011, she released her CD “Liebe ist das schönste Gift” (“Love Is the Best Poison”). She is also a published short story author and poet, and in 2007 published her autobiography Der Rest der bleibt. Erinnerungen an ein unvollkommenes Leben.
Bibliography & More:
Bürger, Annekatrin and Christine Rammelt-Hedelich. Weisheiten der Liebe. Dessau: feder edition, 2015.
Bürger, Annekatrin and Christine Rammelt-Hedelich. Geliebte Ostsee. Dessau: feder edition, 2010.
Bürger, Annekatrin and Kerstin Decker. Der Rest der bleibt. Erinnerungen an ein unvollkommenes Leben. Munich: Droemer, 2007.
Magische Momente – Pauls Weihnachtswunsch (Magical Moments: Paul’s Christmas Wish, TV)
Die Anfängerin (The Beginner)
|2014||Nele in Berlin (TV)|
|2014||Die Schneekönigin (The Snow Queen, TV)|
|2013||Sein letztes Rennen (His Last Race)|
|2012||Für Elise (For Elise)|
|2010||Eines Tages… (One Day…)|
|2010||Draußen am See (Losing Balance)|
Eines Tages… (One Day…)
|2008-2011||Die Stein (Ms. Stein, TV series)|
|1999-2007||Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)|
|2004||18 – Allein unter Mädchen (Surrounded, TV series)|
|2002||Mord an Bord (Murderer on Board, TV)|
|2002||Väter (I’m the Father)|
|1999||Todesengel (The Angel of Death, TV)|
Im Namen des Gesetzes (In the Name of the Law, TV series)
|1996||Der Kindermord (The Child Murder, TV)|
|1994-95||Wir sind auch nur ein Volk (We Are Only One People, TV mini-series)|
|1991||Der Rest der bleibt (What Remains…, TV)|
|1973-1990||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1969||Tödlicher Irrtum (Fatal Error)|
|1968||Mit mir nicht, Madam! (Not to Me, Madam!)|
|1965||Wolf unter Wölfen (Wolf among Wolves, TV)|
|1962||Königskinder (Star-Crossed Lovers)|
|1962||Das zweite Gleis (The Second Track)|
|1960||Fünf Tage – Fünf Nächte (Five Days, Five Nights)|
|1960||Septemberliebe (September Love)|
|1959||Verwirrung der Liebe (Love’s Confusion)|
|1956||Eine Berliner Romanze (A Berlin Romance)|