CBS Local Inside Look

There is no bigger guest star to appear on “Madam Secretary” than the first female Secretary of State.

“I do watch TV and I have thought very much that show’s that are popular and understandable have a role to play in terms of educating our public,” Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said. “What actually blows my mind is how current the particular issues are and that in the show they really do deal with real things.”

Secretary Albright makes a cameo appearance as herself to advise Secretary McCord, played by Téa Leoni, in the second episode of the season. McCord then chooses to ignore President Dalton’s recommendation on how to negotiate the safe return of a State Department employee who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

“What I think is great is that all of us former Secretaries of State kind of stick together and talk to each other about what the issues are like, it’s quite a group,” Secretary Albright added.

“Madam Secretary” airs Sunday, October 11th at 7:00-8:00p.m. Mtn time.

Madeleine Albright: Famous Coloradan

Albright was born in Czechoslovakia. Her family was driven out by Nazi storm troopers and then by communists and moved to Denver in 1948. “Denver is where I grew up believing in the American dream,” she said in her speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 in Denver, an event she described as “a homecoming.” In high school she won the Rocky Mountain Empire Award “for reciting, in alphabetical order, the 51 members of the United Nations.” Her father, Josef Korbelova, was the founding dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Albright attended Kent Denver School and held a summer job at the Denver Post where she met her former husband, Joseph Medill Patterson Albright. She served as the first woman Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. An exhibit showcasing her jewelry titled “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” was featured at the Denver Art Museum in 2012.

PHOTO GALLERY: Famous Coloradans

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