Madeleine Korbel Albright, (born Marie Jana Korbelova on May 15, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) served as the 64th US Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. Prior to this, she had served as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. Of Jewish descent, her parents converted to Catholicism to avoid persecution in what was to become a Nazi dominated Czechoslovakia. In 1948 the family moved to America after fleeing to London in 1939.
Albright made history as she became the first female Secretary of State.