In Der Baulöwe © DEFA-Stiftung, Waltraut Pathenheimer
Annekathrin Bürger was born on April 3, 1937 in Berlin. Bürger first worked as a set design assistant after she failed her entrance examination to drama school. It was only during an appearance in a short documentary that she was discovered by director Gerhard Klein, who 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 found success in the leading role 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 women who returns from a concentration camp to her destroyed city after WWII. Bürger has starred in literary adaptations, crime dramas, comedies, political thrillers, and two East German Westerns, Tödlicher Irrtum and Tecumseh.
Bürger—who has almost 200 film and television credits to her name—was particularly impressive in her performance in the television adaptation of Hans Fallada’s Wolf unter Wölfen with co-star Armin Mueller-Stahl. She also appeared frequently in three popular television crime series: Polizeiruf 110, Die Stein, and Tatort. In 2006 she was honored as the “Dream Woman of the 1950s” at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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 2003. Bürger is also an accomplished chanson singer and has performed in Italy, France, and Finland.
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. At the time of the fall of the GDR, she was chair of the National People’s Movement congress.
[See also: www.annekathrin-buerger.de]
Bibliography & More:
Bürger, Annekatrin and Kerstin Decker. Der Rest der bleibt. Erinnerungen an ein unvollkommenes Leben. Berlin: Das Neue Berlin, 2011.
|2013||Sein letztes Rennen (His Last Race)|
|2012||Für Elise (For Elise)|
|2010||Eines Tages… (One Day…)|
|2010||Draußen am See (Losing Balance)|
|2008-2011||Die Stein (Ms. Stein, TV series)|
|1999-2007||Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)|
|2004||18 – Allein unter Mädchen (Alone among Girls, TV series)|
|2002||Tierarzt Dr. Mertens (Veterinarian Dr. Mertens, TV series)|
|1999||Todesengel (The Angel of Death, TV)|
|1996||Der Kindermord (The Child Murder, TV)|
|1973-1990||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1987||Merkwürdiges Beispiel einer weiblichen Rache (Peculiar Example of Female Revenge, TV)|
|1980||Der Baulöwe (The Great Builder)|
|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)|