Melanie Isabella Kogler is an Austrian television and theatre actress most known for her role as Marlene von Lahnstein on the hit German television series, Verbotene Liebe. Kogler made her television debut in 2007 on the ZDF crime show Die Rosenheim-Cops in the episode “A Deadly Taste”, which was directed by Gunter Krää.
In 2011 Kogler landed a role on the hit ARD show Verbotene Liebe. She debuted on January 24, 2011, as Marlene von Lahnstein, a character who would have several romantic encounters with members of the aristocratic Lahnstein family. Kogler gained international attention and praise for her performance when her character eventually fell in love with Countess Rebecca von Lahnstein (portrayed by Tatjana Kästel). Between 2012 – 2014 Kogler’s character struggled with her sexual orientation whilst being engaged to a male member of the Lahnstein family, Count Tristan von Lahnstein (portrayed by Jens Hartwig). Eventually, Marlene realizes that she cannot deny her love for Rebecca, despite her being a woman.