Peggy Lipton
Peggy Lipton Mod Squad.JPG
Lipton in 1968
Born
Margaret Ann Lipton

(1946-08-31)August 31, 1946
DiedMay 11, 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 72)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active1964–2019
Spouse(s)
Quincy Jones
(m. 1974; div. 1990)
ChildrenKidada Jones
Rashida Jones

Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lipton (August 31, 1946 – May 11, 2019) was an American actress, model, and singer. She was well known through her role as flower child Julie Barnes in the counterculture television series The Mod Squad (1968–1973), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970. Her five-decade television, film, and stage career[1] included many roles, including Norma Jennings in David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

Early life

Margaret Ann Lipton was born into an upper middle class Jewish family in New York City on August 30, 1946,[2][3][4][5][6] the daughter of artist Rita Benson (born Rita Hetty Rosenberg; 1912–1986) and corporate lawyer Harold Lipton (1911–1999).[7][8] Her paternal grandparents (surnamed Lipschitz) were from Russia, and her mother was born in Dublin, to parents from Latvia.[9][10][11] Lipton was raised on Long Island with her brothers, Robert, who became an actor, and Kenneth. She attended Lawrence Junior High School and the Professional Children's School.[12] Sexually abused by an uncle,[13] Lipton was a nervous and withdrawn child with a stutter so bad that she was sometimes unable to say her own name.[14] In 1964, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Lipton became what she called a "Topanga Canyon hippie" who explored meditation and yoga.[14]

Career

Modeling and acting

Lipton's father arranged her first modeling jobs in New York while her mother encouraged her to take acting lessons.[14] At 15, Lipton became a Ford Agency model and enjoyed a successful early career.[8] After she and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1964, Lipton signed a contract with Universal Pictures. She made her television debut at age 19 in the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show (1965).[15] Between 1965 and 1968, she appeared in episodes of Bewitched, The Virginian,[16] The Invaders,[17] The Road West,[18] The F.B.I.,[19] The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,[20] and Mr. Novak.[21]

Lipton starred in The Mod Squad as one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover "hippie cops". Appearing waiflike and vulnerable, as David Hutchings wrote,[8] her performance as "canary with a broken wing" Julie Barnes earned her four Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations during her tenure. In 1971, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actress in a Drama.[8] Thin with long, straight, ash blonde hair, clad in mini-skirts, bell bottoms, and love beads, Lipton's Julie Barnes became a fashion icon and the hip "it girl" of her time.[22]

Lipton virtually retired after The Mod Squad, and did no full-time acting for 15 years.[8] In March 1988, she returned to television as the star of an ABC movie, Addicted to His Love.[8] She eventually regained major attention for her performance as Norma Jennings in David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991) and subsequently appeared in many TV shows, including recurring roles in Crash and Popular. In 2017 she reprised her character of Norma Jennings in the Twin Peaks revival.[23] Also in 2017, she appeared in an episode of Angie Tribeca as the mother of the title character played by her daughter Rashida Jones.[24]

Singing

As a singer, three of Lipton's singles landed on the Billboard charts: "Stoney End" (No. 121 Bubbling Under Hot 100, 1968, later a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970) and "Lu" (1970),[25] both written by Laura Nyro. Her "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" (1970) was written by Donovan. "Stoney End" is included in her 1968 album Peggy Lipton (Ode Records), which was released on CD on July 29, 2014 by RealGone Music, along with other singles and previously unreleased material (nineteen tracks in all).

Lipton and her husband Quincy Jones, along with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, co-wrote the 1984 Frank Sinatra hit, "L.A. Is My Lady".[25][26]

Personal life

Lipton was briefly linked with Paul McCartney.[27] During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, she also had relationships with a series of alcoholic, abusive, or married men. During this time, she used drugs.[28][29] She covered some of this period in her memoir Breathing Out (2005), co-written by David and Coco Dalton.[30] After Lipton married musician and producer Quincy Jones in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting in order to concentrate on her family (with the exception of appearing in the made-for-TV movie The Return of the Mod Squad in 1979). The couple had two daughters, Kidada (born March 22, 1974) and Rashida (born February 25, 1976), who both became actresses.[31] Lipton separated from Jones in 1986, and they divorced in 1990.[32]

Death

Lipton revealed that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and was being treated for it.[33] On May 11, 2019, she died of the disease in Los Angeles.[34][35][36]

Discography