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A star comes to stay (01/28/2007)
From: Laura Windmiller

When I was still in grade school, there was a community theater that presented plays during the summer in a tent on the green. It was usually local actors, with one "big" name person brought in to play the lead and draw the crowds. Once, however, the owners of this theater decided to bring in the entire cast of a play that was just ending in New York, and asked for volunteers to open their homes to the actors.

My parents took in Madge, who was born in Jamaica, and came to New York to become an actress. The play was such a success that it ran much longer than originally intended, and we hosted Madge in our home for a number of weeks. Being from Jamaica, Madge had many interesting stories for my parents, I'm sure, but I was just a small child, and I don't remember much, except a horrible cough syrup recipe that she made up for me when I caught a cold. (The recipe came from her Jamaican witch doctor grandfather, she had told us.)

While Madge Sinclair was not famous when she stayed in our house, she moved on from the stage theater and ended up in movies and TV shows. She had a major role in "Conrack" (a favorite of mine that I'd like to find on video!), as well as parts in "Convoy," and "Roots." She was also the head nurse on a TV series that I can't recall the name of, but many people will know her as the queen in "Coming to America" with Eddie Murphy.

My mother kept in contact with Madge for a few years after that, and my grandmother sent us a clipping from "People" magazine that was an interview with Madge. We still get excited when we see her in a movie or on TV, and I still vividly remember that horrible tasting cough syrup! 

 

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