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R.I.P. Peggy Lipton, Mod Squad and Twin Peaks actress dies at 72

on May 11, 2019, 11:15pm

Peggy Lipton, the Golden Globe-winning actress best known for her roles in The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 72.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Lipton passed away Saturday night after losing her battle with colon cancer.

Lipton’s daughters, Kidada and Rashida Jones, announced her death in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Born in New York City on August 30, 1946 to an upper-middle-class Jewish family, Lipton began modeling at the age of 15. In 1964, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she made her television debut at the age of 19 on The John Forsythe Show. She quickly followed that up with appearances on Bewitched, The Invaders, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and many more.

By 1968, Lipton landed a starring role on the counterculture police series The Mod Squad. As the flower child Julie Barnes, Lipton quickly became a favorite among fans and critics alike. She received four Emmy nominations and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama in 1971.

The show’s success, however, afforded Lipton with the opportunity to record music. Her covers of “Stoney End” and “Lu” by Laura Nyro and “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” by Donovan all charted on Billboard.

In 1974, Lipton married record producer Quincy Jones. Together, the couple had two children, Kidada and Rashida, both of whom would follow in their mother’s footsteps and become actresses. Rashida, in particular, is best known for her roles in The Office and Parks and Recreation.

As she raised her daughters, Lipton largely retired from acting — with the exception being a Mod Squad TV movie in 1979. However, following her divorce from Jones, Lipton was cast in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

Lipton played Norma Jennings, the owner of Double R Diner, in the show’s initial two-season run on television, in the 1992 feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and in the 2017 Showtime revival, Twin Peaks: The Return.

She is survived by her two children Kidada and Rashida.

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