I dropped into Pearl Bailey’s office in October 1976 to witness her new drama of life: a member of the United States mission to the United Nations General Assembly. She goes to work in her own distinctive African costume. She has several African dresses, which she prefers to the more conservative American office styles. The famed jazz singer and film actress made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946 and earned a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black Hello, Dolly! in 1968. Two years later President Richard Nixon appointed Bailey, also Republican, as America’s Ambassador of Love.