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Petra Schürmann

Schürmann as an announcer for the Bayerischer Rundfunk, in the 1960s
Born 15 September 1935(1935-09-15)
Died 14 January 2010 (aged 74)
Nationality German
Known for Miss World 1956
Religious beliefs Roman Catholic[1][2]

Petra Susanna Schürmann (15 September 1935 – 14 January 2010) was a German model, TV announcer, and actress.[3]



Schürmann won the 1956 Miss World contest, representing West Germany.[2][4][5] As of 2010 she is the only German to win this title.[2] The pageant was held in London, United Kingdom.[2] Interestingly, Petra Schürmann only came third in the Miss Germany pageant, but was chosen to represent her country in London because of her better knowledge of English.[6]

At that time she studied philosophy and history of the arts at the universities of Bonn and Cologne.[1][2] After winning her Miss World title she continued her studies in Munich.[6]

Beginning with the 1960s she entered an ongoing radio and television career, primarily with the Munich based Bayerischer Rundfunk.[2] She also did some acting and wrote some books.[2]

Personal life

In 1973 she married the physician Dr. Gerhard Freund, who already back in 1967, under a veil of secrecy, became the father of their daughter Alexandra.[1] This was at a time when he was still wed to German actress Marianne Koch.[1] Alexandra Freund also had a successful career with the Munich broadcaster but died in 2001 aged 34 from an automobile accident when she collided with a wrong-way driver.[1] Petra Schürmann never really recovered from the loss of her daughter with whom she was very close.[1][2][3]


Petra Schürmann retired with her husband to their house on the shores of Lake Starnberg south of Munich.[1] When he passed away in August 2008 they had been married for 35 years.[4][5][6] She died on 14 January 2010 following a long illness.[3]


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Preceded by
Carmen Zubillaga
Miss World
Succeeded by
Marita Lindahl


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