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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 28 April 1938Kingston, Jamaica
Date of Death 20 December 1995Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameMadge Dorita Walters
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, married young and had two sons. Madge worked as a teacher in Jamaica until she was 30. She left her two boys with their father and went to New York City to be an actress. She began modeling and later acted with the New York Shakespearean Festival and at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre. In 1974, Madge made her film debut, playing Mrs. Scott in Conrack (1974). She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Bell Reynolds in the miniseries Roots (1977). In the early 1980s, shortly after joining the cast of Trapper John, M.D. (1979), she was diagnosed with leukemia. She continued to work outliving the doctors' predictions by several years. On December 20, 1995, Madge Sinclair died at age 57 in Los Angeles, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kelly E.F. Wiebe (senhue@mts.net

Spouse (2)

Dean Compton (18 August 1982 - 20 December 1995) (her death)
Royston Sinclair (1951 - 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Her appearance as the unnamed captain of the USS Saratoga in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) marked the first appearance, in any Star Trek series or movie, of a female starship captain.
She appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and later guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as Captain Silva La Forge, the mother of Geordi La Forge, played by LeVar Burton, who was one of her co-stars on the miniseries Roots (1977). Burton played the younger version Kunta Kinte in "Roots" (1977) and Sinclair's character played Bell Reynolds, the wife of the older version of Kunta Kinte aka Toby, played by John Amos.
Had co-starred with James Earl Jones five times.
She twice played Queen to James Earl Jones' King; first in Coming to America (1988), then in The Lion King (1994).
She was cast as a relative of characters played by Ben Vereen and LeVar Burton in two different productions. In Roots (1977), she played Bell Reynolds, Kunta Kinte's wife and Chicken George's grandmother. Kunta Kinte as a youth was played by LeVar Burton. Kunta Kinte as an adult married to Bell was played by John Amos. Chicken George was played by Ben Vereen. In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Interface (1993), Madge played Captain Silvia La Forge, mother of Geordi La Forge, played by Burton, and wife of Commander Edward M. La Forge, M.D., played by Vereen.
Her character Queen Sarabi in The Lion King (1994) did not appear in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998) as she died in 1995 and the directors thought that replacing her voice would be a lack of respect.
She played LeVar Burton's mother in four different productions: Almos' a Man (1976), One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1977), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). She also played his character's wife in Roots (1977), though by that time the role of Kunta Kinte had been assumed by John Amos.
Although she played Leslie Uggams' mother in Roots (1977), she was only five years her senior in real life.
She played Ben Vereen's grandmother in Roots (1977) and his wife on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Is one of only 32 actors and actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966) (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.
She died of leukemia in Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital.
She had two sons with her first husband Royston Sinclair: Wayne and Garry Sinclair.
Best remembered for her role as Nurse Ernestine Shoop on Trapper John, M.D. (1979).
Good friends with Pernell Roberts.

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