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Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

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The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with bold -faced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  

Daly, who told HOH last weekend's White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner marked his ninth visit to the Hilton ballroom for the presidential-media lovefest, calculated that he first met Albright a few years back. The veteran actor said he was star-struck by the initial encounter — at least until Albright got all gushy about his show at the time.  

“I said, ‘You’re out there solving geopolitical crises and you watch 'Private Practice’?'” Daly shared of the revelation Albright was a fan of the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff.  

The two apparently hit it off and have remained in contact ever since. Albright actually attended the April 25 dinner as Daly’s date, while his “Madam Secretary” co-star and real-life love interest, Téa Leoni, partnered up with CBS host Bob Schieffer for the evening.