Madge Sinclair

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Madge Sinclair
Madge Sinclair.jpg
BornMadge Dorita Walters
(1938-04-28)28 April 1938
Kingston, Jamaica
Died20 December 1995(1995-12-20) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Leukemia
Resting place
Cremated
EthnicityJamaican
OccupationActress
Years active1972–1995
Spouse(s)Royston Sinclair (1951–1969)
Dean Compton (1982–95; her death)
ChildrenGarry Sinclar (b. 1953)
Wayne Sinclair (b. 1959)
Awards

1991 Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series

Gabriel's Fire
 
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Madge Sinclair
Madge Sinclair.jpg
BornMadge Dorita Walters
(1938-04-28)28 April 1938
Kingston, Jamaica
Died20 December 1995(1995-12-20) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Leukemia
Resting place
Cremated
EthnicityJamaican
OccupationActress
Years active1972–1995
Spouse(s)Royston Sinclair (1951–1969)
Dean Compton (1982–95; her death)
ChildrenGarry Sinclar (b. 1953)
Wayne Sinclair (b. 1959)
Awards

1991 Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series

Gabriel's Fire

Madge Dorita Walters-Sinclair (28 April 1938 – 20 December 1995) was a Jamaican American actress. She is best known for her roles in Cornbread, Earl and Me, Coming to America, Trapper John, M.D., and the ABC TV miniseries Roots. Sinclair won the 1991 Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series for her role as Empress Josephine in Gabriel's Fire.

Early life[edit]

Born Madge Dorita Walters in Kingston, Jamaica, to Herbert and Jemima Walters. She was a teacher in Jamaica until 1968 when she left for New York to pursue her career in acting.

Career[edit]

In 1978, she starred in the film Convoy as the Widow Woman. She played Leona Hamiltons in Cornbread, Earl and Me. She would later receive an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Belle in the miniseries Roots. Also in 1978 she co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Grandpa Goes to Washington. She went on to a long-running stint in the 1980s as nurse Ernestine Shoop on the series Trapper John, M.D. opposite Pernell Roberts. She received three Emmy nominations for her work on the show, and critic Donald Bogle praised her for "maintaining her composure and assurance no matter what the script imposed on her".[citation needed]

In 1988, Sinclair played Queen Aoleon alongside James Earl Jones' King Jaffe Joffer in the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, which ironically reunited her on screen with her Roots husband and co-star John Amos. Later, both Sinclair and Jones would reunite as Queen and King for the roles of Sarabi, Simba’s mother, and Mufasa, Simba’s father, in the blockbuster Disney animated film The Lion King (1994), respectively. The film became one of the best selling titles ever on home video. The two also collaborated on the series Gabriel's Fire, which earned Sinclair an Emmy in 1991 for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series, famously beating out the expected winner, L.A. Law's Diana Muldaur.

She also received critical praise for her supporting role in the 1992 television movie Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted with JoBeth Williams. In 1994, Sinclair also played a supporting role in the short-lived ABC-TV sitcom Me and the Boys, which starred Steve Harvey. Sinclair, in her brief role as the captain of the USS Saratoga in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, is commonly cited as the first female starship captain to appear in Star Trek, though Joanne Linville had appeared as a Romulan starship commander 18 year earlier. Years later, Sinclair played Geordi La Forge's mother, captain of the USS Hera, in Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Interface". Her final acting role was on the sitcom Dream On just one month later before her death.

Personal life and death[edit]

Sinclair was married to Royston Sinclair, a police officer, and had two sons, Garry Sinclair and Wayne Sinclair. In 1982, she was remarried to actor Dean Compton. She died of leukemia in 1995. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in her hometown of Jamaica.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972MadiganEpisode: "The Midtown Beat"
1974I Love You... Good-byeSalesgirl
1974ConrackMrs. Scott
1974Medical CenterArbiterEpisode: "Tainted Lady"
1974The WaltonsMinnie DozeEpisode: "The Visitor"
1975Cornbread, Earl and MeLeona Hamilton
1975Guess Who's Coming to DinnerSarah PrentissTV movie
1975Joe ForresterSheila GatesEpisode: "Stake Out"
1975Doctors' HospitalUnknownEpisode: "Come at Last to Love"
1976I Will, I Will... for NowDr. Williams
1976LeadbellyMiss Eula
1976Executive SuiteJudge GillespieEpisode: "Who Shall Hall Bring Mercy"
1977RootsBelle Reynolds3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1977SerpicoMichelleEpisode: "One Long Tomorrow"
1978ConvoyWidow Woman
1978ABC Afterschool SpecialsMrs. BradsburyEpisode: "The Rag Tag Champs"
1978Uncle Joe ShannonMargaret
1979The White ShadowLouelia JuddEpisode: "Sudden Death"
1980-1986Trapper John, M.D.Ernestine Shoop129 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1983-1985)
1984ABC Afterschool SpecialsMiss ThomasEpisode: "Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia"
1986Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeSaratoga CaptainUncredited
1987MathnetAmelia AirliverEpisode: "Problem of the Trojan Hamburger"
1987OharaGussie Lemmons11 episodes
1987StarmanLorraine MichaelsEpisode: "The Test"
1987Look AwayElizabeth KeckleyTV movie
1988Coming to AmericaQueen Aoleon
1989Gideon OliverAngela HolmesEpisode: "By the Waters of Babylon"
1989RoseanneMuriel JohnstonEpisode: "Guilt by Disassociation"
1989Midnight CallerIda MayEpisode: "Take Back the Streets"
1990The End of InnocenceNurse Bowlin
1990-1991Gabriel's FireEmpress Josephine22 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1991The Orchid HouseLally4 episodes
1991-1992Pros and ConsJosephine Austin12 episodes
1992L.A. LawJessica RollinsEpisode: "Diet, Diet My Darling"
1992Tales from the CryptLucilleEpisode: "Curiosity Killed"
1993Star Trek: The Next GenerationCaptain Silva La ForgeEpisode: "Interface"
1994The Lion KingSarabi
1994-1995Me and the BoysMary Tower19 episodes
1995Dream OnMrs. CharlesEpisode: "Little Orphan Eddie"

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