Famous 21st Century German Writers

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 1 Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle.
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Famous As: Spiritual Speaker & Author
Birthdate: February 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lünen
Spiritual and self-help writer Eckhart Tolle is best known for his bestselling books The Power of Now and A New Earth. He collaborated with Oprah Winfrey, appearing in 10 live webinars and was also named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. He also launched Eckhart Teachings and the website Eckhart Tolle TV.

 2 Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich.
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
German director/producer Roland Emmerich is best known for his blockbuster disaster/war films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Patriot. The LGBT activist is also openly gay. He is also an avid art collector. He has also worked for women’s rights and environmental causes.
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 3 Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm.
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 4 Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

German singer-songwriter and poet Till Lindemann is best-recognised as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the German heavy-metal band Rammstein and for the musical project Lindemann that he fronted. Roadrunner Records listed him among "50 Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time". He has also published two books of poetry, In stillen Nächten and Messer, and featured in minor roles in movies.

 5 Ruth Westheimer

Ruth Westheimer.
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: June 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlstadt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.

 6 Margot Frank

Margot Frank
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Famous As: Second World War victim
Birthdate: February 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Died: March 9, 1945

 7 Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich

Award-winning Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, who teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna, is best-known for films like The Piano Teacher, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. Haneke has made films in English, French and German, and mostly deals with subjects that examine social issues and portrays feelings of individuals facing social alienation in modern society.

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 8 Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz
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Famous As: Politician, Bookseller, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: December 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eschweiler

 9 Clement Freud

Clement Freud
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 15, 2009

Better known as the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Clement Freud was a broadcaster who made a name as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 show Just a Minute. He was also a Liberal MP. His reputation was tainted later, after he was accused of molesting several underage girls.

 10 Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mitterberg-Sankt Martin, Austria
Died: March 28, 2017

German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman Christine Kaufmann gained attention of post-war German movie audiences with her performances in films like Rosen-Resli, Der schweigende Engel and Ein Herz schlägt für Erika. She became the first German to be honoured with Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her performance in the drama film Town Without Pity.

 11 Angela Gossow

Angela Gossow
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

German singer Angela Gossow is best known to fans as the lead vocalist of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy. She is one of the few female singers who use death grunts as part of their performances. An atheist and a vegan, she is quite vocal about her opinions.

 12 Senta Berger

Senta Berger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

It is believed Austrian actor Senta Berger was suspended by the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, where she studied drama, after she bagged her first movie role. The three-time Bambi Award winner is known for her roles in films such as The Quiller Memorandum. She is also involved with peace and environmental activism.

 13 Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

German film and stage actor, director, painter and author Armin Mueller-Stahl is best-known for playing the abusive father of pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 Australian biographical drama film Shine. The role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also featured in other films like Utz and made his directorial debut with Conversation with the Beast.

 14 Gunnar Kaiser

Gunnar Kaiser
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 15 Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

 16 Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr
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Famous As: Writer, Illustrator, Autobiographer, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019

 17 Gerhard Schröder

Gerhard Schröder
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

 18 Blixa Bargeld

Blixa Bargeld
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Famous As: Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer, Writer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Berlin

 19 Maria Riva

Maria Riva
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Born to actor Marlene Dietrich, Maria Riva started her career as a child actor, working in films such as The Scarlet Empress. The Emmy-nominated actor had also been part of CBS teleplays such as The Milton Berle Show. She had penned a bestselling memoir on her mother, too.

 20 Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel
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Famous As: Politician, Teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goslar

 21 Jack Barsky

Jack Barsky
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reichenbach, Upper Lusatia, Germany

 22 Jennifer Teege

Jennifer Teege
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 23 Guido Westerwelle

Guido Westerwelle
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bad Honnef
Died: March 18, 2016

 24 Wolfgang Beltracchi

Wolfgang Beltracchi
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Famous As: Art forger, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer
Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Höxter

German art-forger and artist Wolfgang Beltracchi gained notoriety for his involvement in an international art scam where he forged paintings of famous artists like Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, and Kees van Dongen and sold them to make profits that surpassed $100m. Beltracchi and his wife, Helene, were found guilty and were given six-year and four-year prison terms respectively.

 25 Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke.
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Famous As: Author of children’s fiction
Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dorsten, Germany

Named to Time 100 in 2015, Cornelia Funke is a German children’s author who soared to fame with her best-selling novels The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider before achieving international fame with her Inkheart novel series. She has previously been a social worker, a board-game designer, and an illustrator.

 26 Petra Hammesfahr

Petra Hammesfahr
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erkelenz, Germany

 27 Kristiane Backer

Kristiane Backer
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: December 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 28 Herta Müller

Herta Müller.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nițchidorf

Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller grew up under the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu in Romania. She was fired from her first job for not co-operating with the Romanian secret police. Her works, such as Oppressive Tango and The Passport, mirror the oppression of Germans she has witnessed in Romania.

 29 Ursula Haverbeck

Ursula Haverbeck
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winterscheid, Gilserberg, Germany

 30 Jil Sander

Jil Sander
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany

German designer Jil Sander had been a fashion editor for Petra before she launched her own boutique. She is known for her signature minimalist aesthetic and her association with Prada, which had acquired 75% shares of her company. She later collaborated with Fast Retailing to design for Uniqlo.

 31 Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 32 Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Hans-Dietrich Genscher
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Assessor, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Military personnel
Birthdate: March 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halle
Died: March 31, 2016

 33 Philip Burnett Franklin Agee

Philip Burnett Franklin Agee
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Famous As: Government official
Birthdate: July 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tacoma, Florida, United States
Died: January 7, 2008

 34 Konstanze von Schulthess

Konstanze von Schulthess
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany

 35 Dolly Buster

Dolly Buster
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Writer, Actor, Politician, Director
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague

 36 Katrin Himmler

Katrin Himmler
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Dinslaken, Germany

 37 Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer
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Famous As: Politician, Non-fiction writer, Lobbyist, Athletics competitor, Business consultant, University teacher
Birthdate: April 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gerabronn

 38 Niklas Frank

Niklas Frank
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Famous As: Journalist, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich

 39 Thomas Gottschalk

Thomas Gottschalk
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Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: May 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany

 40 Sabine Hossenfelder

Sabine Hossenfelder
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 41 Nadja Regin

Nadja Regin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Niš, Serbia
Died: April 6, 2019

 42 Iris Berben

Iris Berben
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany

 43 Lothar-Günther Buchheim

Lothar-Günther Buchheim
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: February 22, 2007

 44 Bert Hellinger

Bert Hellinger
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Famous As: Pedagogy, Non-fiction writer, Catholic priest, Psychologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen

 45 Giulia Enders

Giulia Enders
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 46 Sky du Mont

Sky du Mont
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 47 Thor Freudenthal

Thor Freudenthal
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Berlin

 48 Ernst Nolte

Ernst Nolte
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Famous As: Philosopher, Historian of the modern age, Historian, Educationist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: January 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Witten
Died: August 18, 2016

 49 John Weitz

John Weitz
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: May 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 3, 2002

John Weitz was a menswear designer, writer, and historian. He was the son of a successful textile manufacturer. As a young man, he served in the army and joined his father’s textile business. He later started his own textile business and launched multiple clothing lines, focusing on stylish and affordable designs. He wrote fiction and non-fiction as a hobby. 

 50 Ferdinand von Schirach

Ferdinand von Schirach
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany