Famous German Media Personalities

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 1 Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum.
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Famous As: Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany

German-American model and TV host, Heidi Klum has been featured on the cover of French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish Vogue magazines. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. After a successful modeling career, she became a TV host in the 2000s. She is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors. 

 2 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

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 3 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.

 4 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

 5 Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Germany

 6 Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: July 26, 1937

 7 William Joyce

William Joyce.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 1946

American-born fascist politician William Joyce was a Nazi propaganda broadcaster to UK during World War II. He later became a German citizen. As a young man, he joined the British Union of Fascists (BUF) and rose through the ranks to become the BUF's Director of Propaganda. Following the end of World War II, he was arrested for treason and executed.

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 8 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.

 9 Diem Brown

Diem Brown
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: June 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Germany
Died: November 14, 2014

 10 Ulrike Meinhof

Ulrike Meinhof
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oldenburg
Died: May 9, 1976

 11 Gunnar Kaiser

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

 12 Dietrich Eckart

Dietrich Eckart
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: December 26, 1923

German anti-Semitic völkisch poet, playwright, journalist, publicist, and political activist Dietrich Eckart, one of Adolf Hitler's earliest mentors who Hitler acknowledged as the spiritual co-founder of Nazism, founded German Workers' Party, the precursor of Nazi Party. Eckart was the original publisher of the Nazi Party newspaper Völkischer Beobachter, and lyricist of Sturmlied, the de facto anthem of the Sturmabteilung.

 13 Otto Strasser

Otto Strasser
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bad Windsheim
Died: August 27, 1974

 14 Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Hans-Hermann Hoppe
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: September 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peine, Germany

Austrian paleolibertarian and anarcho-capitalist political theorist Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is identified as a culturally conservative libertarian and his criticism of democracy in his book Democracy: The God That Failed. He founded and serves as president of the right-wing, anarcho-capitalist political organization called Property and Freedom Society.

 15 Walther Funk

Walther Funk
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana
Died: May 31, 1960

 16 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian, Theologian, Dramaturge, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1729
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamenz
Died: February 15, 1781

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a noted German dramatist, critic, and author, remembered especially for his contribution towards liberating German theatre from the influence of its classical and French counterpart. Known for such literary masterpieces like Miss Sara Sampson; Emilia Galotti; Minna von Barnhelm; Nathan the Wise; Laocoön; Hamburg Dramaturgy, he is now considered an outstanding representative of the Enlightenment era.

 17 Günter Schabowski

Günter Schabowski
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
Died: November 1, 2015

 18 Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 18, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: November 21, 1811

Dissatisfied with his army career, Heinrich von Kleist had also studied law and math but quit studies later to devote himself to writing. Part of German Romanticism, he penned iconic plays such as The Schroffenstein Family and Hermann’s Battle. He eventually shot himself and his lover Henriette in a murder-suicide.

 19 Kristiane Backer

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

 20 Gina-Lisa Lohfink

Gina-Lisa Lohfink
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seligenstadt, Germany

 21 Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher
Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban

 22 Claas Relotius

Claas Relotius
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 23 Jürgen Hinzpeter

Jürgen Hinzpeter
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: January 25, 2016

 24 Nur Fettahoğlu

Nur Fettahoğlu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany

Turkish-German actor Nur Fettahoğlu is best known for her performance as Mahidevran Sultan in the series Muhtesem Yüzyil, which has earned her several awards, such as the Beirut International Award for Best International Actress. She also holds a fashion design degree. She has also been a Sky Türk anchor.

 25 Ernst Zundel

Ernst Zundel
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: April 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Wildbad Calmbach, Free People's State of Württemberg Württemberg, Germany
Died: August 5, 2017

 26 Sophia Thomalla

Sophia Thomalla
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 27 Hans Fritzsche

Hans Fritzsche
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bochum
Died: September 27, 1953

 28 Victor Klemperer

Victor Klemperer
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: October 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
Died: February 11, 1960

 29 Kurt Eisner

Kurt Eisner.
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 21, 1919

Kurt Eisner was a German politician, theatre critic, journalist, and revolutionary. He is credited with organizing the Socialist Revolution, which played an important role in overthrowing Bavaria's Wittelsbach monarchy in 1918. His role in the Socialist Revolution made him a symbol of the Bavarian revolution.

 30 Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

 31 Friedrich List

Friedrich List
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: August 6, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reutlingen
Died: November 30, 1846

 32 Alfred Hugenberg

Alfred Hugenberg
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Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur, Financier, Diplomat, Publisher
Birthdate: June 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: March 12, 1951

 33 Niklas Frank

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

 34 Jan Böhmermann

Jan Böhmermann
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Famous As: Satirist
Birthdate: February 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany

 35 Thomas Gottschalk

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

 36 Leonie Hanne

Leonie Hanne
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 37 Udo Ulfkotte

Udo Ulfkotte
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lippstadt, Germany
Died: January 13, 2017

 38 Matthias Erzberger

Matthias Erzberger
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Diplomat
Birthdate: September 20, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Münsingen
Died: August 26, 1921

 39 Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895

 40 Aenne Burda

Aenne Burda
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: July 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Offenburg, Germany
Died: November 3, 2005

 41 Theodor Fontane

Theodor Fontane
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Famous As: Pharmacist, Writer, Poet, Historian, Translator, Novelist, Journalist
Birthdate: December 30, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neuruppin
Died: September 20, 1898

The pioneer of German realist fiction, Theodor Fontane started as a journalist before venturing into a writing career at the ripe age of 58. He had also briefly been an apothecary, following in his father’s footsteps. His novels such as Effi Briest talk about the plight of women.

 42 Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter, Actor, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: July 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: March 9, 1918

 43 Fritz Gerlich

Fritz Gerlich
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 15, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland
Died: June 30, 1934

 44 Max Amann

Max Amann
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist
Birthdate: November 24, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich
Died: March 30, 1957

 45 Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: November 26, 1966

 46 Palina Rojinski

Palina Rojinski
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leningrad, Soviet Union

 47 Kurt Tucholsky

Kurt Tucholsky
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet lawyer, Satirist, Poet, Writer, Jurist
Birthdate: January 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: December 21, 1935

Renowned German author, journalist, and satirist Kurt Tucholsky is best remembered for his cabaret songs. He initially studied law and participated in World War I before moving to France and Sweden. The Nazis revoked his German citizenship for his communist ideals. He committed suicide, though some believe he accidentally overdosed.

 48 Wolfgang Kapp

Wolfgang Kapp
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Famous As: Civil Servant
Birthdate: July 24, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 12, 1922

 49 Julia Shaw

Julia Shaw
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 50 Gustav Landauer

Gustav Landauer
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Famous As: Politician, Translator, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: April 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: May 2, 1919