Christine Maria Kaufmann was a German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman. The daughter of a German father and a French mother, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress in 1961, the first German to be so honoured. In her 40's, Kaufmann was called the "most beautiful grandmother in Germany".Kaufmann was born on 11 January 1945 in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria, then part of Nazi Germany.
Kaufmann was also a successful businesswoman, promoting her own cosmetics products line that sells well in Germany. She wrote several books about beauty and health, as well as two autobiographies. She spoke three languages: German, English, and French.a
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