Madeleine Albright

United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001

Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937 – March 23, 2022) was an American diplomat and politician of Czech-Jewish descent.

Madeleine Albright
Official portrait, c. 1997
64th United States Secretary of State
In office
January 23, 1997 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
DeputyStrobe Talbott
Preceded byWarren Christopher
Succeeded byColin Powell
20th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 27, 1993 – January 21, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byEdward J. Perkins
Succeeded byBill Richardson
Personal details
Marie Jana Korbelová

(1937-05-15)May 15, 1937
Prague, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
DiedMarch 23, 2022(2022-03-23) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
(m. 1959; div. 1982)
ResidencePurcellville, Virginia[1]
EducationWellesley College (BA)
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia University (MA, PhD)

She was born in Czechoslovakia. Her father was Josef Korbel. She was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996. Ninety-nine United States Senators voted to confirm her. No senator voted against her. She was sworn in (taking office) on January 23, 1997.[2] She was a professor at Georgetown University before her death.

Before she was Secretary of State, Albright was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She began at the UN on February 6, 1993.[2]

Albright died on March 23, 2022 from cancer in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84.[3][4]



  1. Madeleine Albright's House in Purcellville, VA (Google Maps) Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Biography: Madeleine Korbel Albright". Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  3. Kelly, Caroline (March 23, 2022). "Madeleine Albright, first female US secretary of state, dies". CNN. Archived from the original on March 23, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  4. McFadden, Robert D. (March 23, 2022). "Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2022. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  5. Albright, Madeleine (2009-09-29). "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright". Archived from the original on 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-16.