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Madge Sinclair



Actress Madge Sinclair was born and raised in Jamaica. A bright and ambitious student, Sinclair excelled in speech and drama, winning several awards. She put her theatrical aspirations on hold when she married a Jamaican policeman, working for several years as a schoolteacher. In 1968, she moved to New York with her two sons in tow, hoping to launch an acting career. While opportunities were still rather limited for black performers in the late 1960s, she managed to find good, solid stage work with producer Joseph Papp, the Public Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She made her film debut as Mrs. Scott in Conrack (1974), then went on to earn an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Bell in the 1977 TV miniseries Roots. After a brief fling at series TV with the 1978 Jack Albertson sitcom Grandpa Goes to Washington, Sinclair enjoyed a six-season (1980-86) run as Nurse Ernestine Shoop on Trapper John MD. Her later weekly TV stints included Ohara (1987) and Me and the Boys (1994). Busy though she was on television, Sinclair always managed to find time for theatrical and film work (in the 1986 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, for example, she was seen as Eddie's royal mamma). Madge Sinclair died of leukemia at the age of 57, not long after completing work on the TV special A Century of Women.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% The Lion King
  • Sarabi
1994
No Score Yet The Man with Three Wives
  • Margaret
1993
No Score Yet Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted
  • Faye Lincoln
1992
No Score Yet Queen
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet The End of Innocence
  • Nurse Bowlin
1990
69% Coming to America
  • Queen Aoleon
1988
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
  • Captain of the Saratoga
1986
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet High Ice
  • Dr. Pittman
1980
No Score Yet I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Miss Flowers
1979
No Score Yet Uncle Joe Shannon
  • Margaret
1978
No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story
  • Georgia LeFlore
1978
33% Convoy
  • Widow Woman
1978
No Score Yet Almos' a Man
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet I Will, I Will...For Now
  • Dr. Williams
1975
No Score Yet Cornbread, Earl and Me
  • Leona
1975
73% Conrack
  • Mrs. Scott
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Capt. Silva La Forge

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