Born Madge Walters, April 28, 1938, in Kingston, Jamaica; died of leukemia, December 20, 1995, in Los Angeles, CA. Actress. Madge Sinclair won a best supporting actress Emmy Award in 1991 for her portrayal of a cafe owner in the ABC series Gabriel's Fire opposite James Earl Jones. She came to the United States from her native Jamaica in 1968, leaving a career as a schoolteacher. Sinclair made her New York stage debut off-Broadway in the title role of Kumaliza with the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1969. She made her film debut in1974 as Mrs. Scott in Conrack. In 1977 she landed the role of Bell in the epic ABC miniseries Roots, and received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of the character. During the 1980s Sinclair appeared on the series programTrapper John, M.D., in the film Coming to America, and on stage with the LosAngeles Theatre Company (LATC). Her recent work included the voice of Simba's mother in the Disney animated feature The Lion King (1994).