(CNN) -- Here's an in-depth look at the life of Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
Personal: Birth date: May 15, 1937
Birth place: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Birth name: Marie Jana Korbelova
Father: Josef Korbel, a diplomat
Mother: Mandula Korbel
Marriage: Joseph Albright (1959 - 1983, divorced)
Children: Katharine (1967); Anne and Alice (1961)
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science, with honors, Wellesley College, 1959; Masters of Arts degree, Columbia University, 1968; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976
Religion: Raised Roman Catholic, learned late in life that her family was Jewish.
Other Facts: Her family escaped then-Czechoslovakia 10 days after the Nazi invasion.
First female Secretary of State
Known for wearing brooches, or pins, to convey her foreign policy messages.
Timeline: 1976-1978 - Chief Legislative Assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine.
1978-1981 - White House staff member and Congressional Liaison for the National Security Council under Zbigniew Brzezinski for President Jimmy Carter.
1981 - Senior Fellow in Soviet and Eastern European affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
1982-1993 - Serves a dual appointment at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service: Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Women in Foreign Service Program.
1984 - Foreign policy coordinator for the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Walter Mondale.
1984-1993 - Vice-chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
1988 - Senior foreign policy adviser for the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.
1989-1993 - President of the Center for National Policy.
1990 - Interpreter and adviser to Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel during his first state visit.
1992 - Foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
January 27, 1993 - Is confirmed as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
January 23, 1997 - Is sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State.
April 23, 1997 - Testifies on NATO expansion in hearings before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
October 23-24, 2000 - Visits Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit that country or meet its leader, Kim Jong Il.
January 20, 2001 - Leaves office when Clinton's second term ends and President George W. Bush is inaugurated.
Winter 2001-present - Chairwoman of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C.
2003 - Her book "Madam Secretary: A Memoir" is published
March 23, 2004 - Testifies publicly in the 9-11 Commission hearings on what she and the Clinton administration did to combat al-Qaeda and terrorism during Clinton's eight years in office.
2005-present - Faculty member Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
October 25, 2005 - Appears as herself on the television show "The Gilmore Girls".
2006 - Her book "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs" is published
January 2007 - Forms a hedge fund specializing in emerging markets, called Albright Capital Management.
2008 - Her book "Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore American's Reputation and Leadership" is published
2009 - Her book "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" is published
May 2010 - Albright chairs a NATO panel on the future of the coalition. The panel releases a report titled NATO 2020: Assured Security, Dynamic Engagement, also called the Albright Report, on the American alliance with European nations.
June 18, 2010 - "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection", an exhibition of over 200 of Albright's famous brooches, opens at the Smithsonian.
2012 - Her book "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948" is published
April 26, 2012 - The White House announces that Albright will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony later in the spring.
May 29, 2012 - Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama during East Room White House ceremony.