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Madeleine Albright Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 1:55 PM EDT, Thu May 8, 2014

(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 (twins), 1961

Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1959; Columbia University, M.A., 1968; Columbia University, Ph.D.,1976

Religion: Raised Roman Catholic, converted to Episcopalian

Other Facts:
Her family escaped then-Czechoslovakia 10 days after the Nazi invasion.

She was the first female secretary of state.

Known for wearing brooches, or pins, to convey her foreign policy messages.

Albright learned late in life that her family was Jewish.

Timeline:
1976-1978 - She is Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie's chief legislative assistant.

1978-1981 - Serves as White House staff member and congressional liaison for the National Security Council under Zbigniew Brzezinski for President Jimmy Carter.

1981 - Albright is the senior fellow in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

1982-1993 - She 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 - Works as foreign policy coordinator for the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Walter Mondale.

1984-1993 - She is vice-chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

1988 - Albright is senior foreign policy adviser for the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.

1989-1993 - She serves as president of the Center for National Policy.

1990 - She works as interpreter and adviser to Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel during his first state visit.

1992 - She is foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

January 27, 1993 - She is confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

January 23, 1997 - She is sworn in as the 64th secretary of state.

April 23, 1997 - Albright testifies on NATO expansion in hearings before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

October 23-24, 2000 - She visits Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the country or meet its leader, Kim Jong Il.

January 20, 2001 - Albright leaves office when Clinton's second term ends and President George W. Bush is inaugurated.

Winter 2001-present - She serves as chairwoman of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C.

2003 - Her book, "Madam Secretary: A Memoir," is published.

March 23, 2004 - She 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 - She is a faculty member at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

October 25, 2005 - Albright appears as herself on the television show "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 U.S. 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 Barack Obama during East Room White House ceremony.

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