Madge Sinclairr Born Madge Dorita Walters-Sinclair (April 28, 1938 – December 20, 1995) Cancer She was a Jamaican American actress, best known for her roles in Cornbread, Earl and Me, Coming to America, Trapper John, M.D., and the ABC TV miniseries Roots.
Throughout her 20-year Hollywood career, Jamaican actress Madge Sinclair never lost sight of her Caribbean identity. It was a similarity she shared with a famous cousin, pan-African giant Marcus Garvey. She is depicted here as the Queen of Zamunda in Coming to America, but was also Belle in Roots.
Madge Sinclair received an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Belle in the miniseries Roots. 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."