Bürger, Annekathrin

Biography:

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.

Filmography:

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)
1975 Hostess
1972 Tecumseh
1969 Tödlicher Irrtum (Fatal Error)
1968 Mit mir nicht, Madam! (Not to Me, Madam!)
1968 Abschied (Farewell)
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)
1958 Tilman Riemenschneider
1956 Eine Berliner Romanze (A Berlin Romance)

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