Publicity photo of Lipton from the television program The Mod Squad
|Born||Margaret Ann Lipton
August 30, 1946
New York City, New York, USA
|Education||Lawrence Junior High School
Professional Children's School
|Spouse(s)||Quincy Jones (m. 1974–90)|
|Children||Kidada Jones (born 1974)
Rashida Jones (born 1976)
Peggy Lipton (born August 30, 1946) is an American actress and former model. She was an overnight success and is best known for her role as "flower child" Julie Barnes in the iconic counterculture TV show The Mod Squad (1968-1973). Appearing in numerous TV series since her noted role as Norma Jennings in David Lynch's surreal Twin Peaks, Lipton has had a more than 40-year career in television, film, and stage.
Early life and education
Born in New York on August 30, 1946, Peggy Lipton was raised in a comfortably upper-middle-class Jewish family. Her parents were Harold Lipton, a corporate lawyer, and Rita Benson, an artist. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jews, and her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe. 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.
Sexually abused by an uncle, Lipton was a nervous, withdrawn child. She had a stutter that at times prevented her from saying her own name. In 1964 the family moved to Los Angeles; there Peggy became what she described as a "Topanga Canyon hippie", exploring meditation and yoga, and subsisting on rice cakes and cottage cheese.
After she and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1964, Lipton signed a contract with Universal Pictures. She made her TV debut at age 19 in the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show (1965). Between 1965 and 1968, she appeared in episodes of the following series: Bewitched, The Virginian, The Invaders, The Road West, The F.B.I., Walt Disney's Willie and the Yank, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and Mr. Novack.
Lipton's star rose on The Mod Squad. Appearing waiflike and vulnerable, as David Hutchings wrote, her performance as 'canary with a broken wing' Julie Barnes earned her four Golden Globe nominations during her tenure. In 1971 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actress in a Drama. Thin with long, straight, ash blond 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.
As a singer she enjoyed some success, with three of her singles landing on the Billboard charts: "Stoney End" (1968) and "Lu" (1970), 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 has yet to have an official Ode Records/CBS release on CD.*** Lipton is listed as one of several co-writers of the Frank Sinatra 1984 hit, "L.A. Is My Lady".
- This album has been remastered and re-issued and available on CD. A Korean import available through online websites such as
Amazon and eBay.
Marriage and family
After Lipton married Quincy Jones, a musician and producer, in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting in order to concentrate on her family. They had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who became actresses. Lipton has noted their interracial marriage sometimes created problems when they traveled together.
After Lipton separated from Jones in 1986, she said, "I had a great marriage, but it's over, and acting is what I know best how to do. I wanted children very badly, and I knew I couldn't do both well." They divorced in 1990.
Return to acting
In 1988 Lipton returned to acting. She gained attention for her performance as Norma Jennings in the popular TV series, Twin Peaks (1991-1992). She has since appeared in many TV shows, including a recurring role in Crash and Popular.
Lipton's modeling career and instant fame on The Mod Squad brought her the attentions of many famous men, including Paul McCartney, Terence Stamp, his brother Chris, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, and others. During the late 60's-early 70's she had relationships with a series of alcoholic, abusive, and/or married men. During this time, she also experimented with drugs. Lipton covered some of this period in her memoir Breathing Out (2005), co-written by David and Coco Dalton. She revealed that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and treated for it.
- Mosby's Marauders (1967) - Oralee Prentiss
- Blue (1968) - Laurie Kramer
- A Boy...a Girl (1969)
- War Party (1988) - TV Correspondent
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) — Uncredited
- Purple People Eater (1988) - Mom
- Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) - Kathleen Crowe
- Fatal Charm (1990) - Jane Sims
- True Identity (1991) - Rita
- The Postman (1997) - Ellen March
- The Intern (2000) - Roxanne Rochet
- Skipped Parts (2000) - Laurabel Pierce
- When in Rome (2010) - Beth's mother, Priscilla Martin
- Mr. Novak (1965) - Selma ("And Then I Wrote ...")
- The John Forsythe Show (1965) - Joanna
- The Virginian (1966) - Dulcie Colby
- The Mod Squad (1968-1973) - Julie Barnes
- Return of the Mod Squad (1979) - Julie Barnes
- Addicted to His Love (1988) - Assistant DA
- Twin Peaks (1990-1991) - Norma Jennings
- Secrets (1992)- Olivia Owens
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) - Norma Jennings
- Dangerous: The Short Films (1993) - Mother
- Angel Falls (1993) - Hadley Larson
- Wings (1994) - Miss Laurie Jenkins
- The Spider And The Fly (1994) - Helen Stroud
- Deadly Vows (1994) - Nancy Wilson
- Justice For Annie: A Moment Of Truth Movie (1996) - Carol Mills
- The '70s (2000) - Gloria Steinem
- Jackpot (2001) - Janice
- Alias (2004) - Olivia Reed
- Rules of Engagement (2007) - Adam's Mom, Fay
- Crash (2009) - Susie
- House of Lies (2012) - Phoebe Van Der Hooven ("Prologue and Aftermath")
- Moviefone. "Biography Peggy Lipton".
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- Solitary Muser (2012). "Rashida Jones, Who do you think you are?".
- David Hutchings (1988). "Can You Dig It? the mod squad's Peggy Lipton, One marriage and fifteen years later, returns to acting". People Magazine.
- Lipton, Peggy (2005). Breathing Out. St. Martin's Press. pp. 15, 18. ISBN 0312324138.
- stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, May 4, 2012.
- "'Bored? Creatively I'm Bored, But...'", The New York Times, 19 March 1972. Accessed September 15, 2008. Quote: "The girl from uptight Lawrence, L. I., was now cool, worldly; Peggy Lipton had become, in the stone-age language of the sixties, a groovy chick, and Mod Squad had found its Julie."'
- Book Description. "Breathing Out:". Retrieved May 2013.
- Barbara Wilkins (March 1978). "Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton: Death Did Almost Them Part". People Magazine. Retrieved May 2013.
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- "Music producer Jones, actress Lipton to divorce". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 1989-10-12. p. 3. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
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- Peggy Lipton Style.com
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- Peggy Lipton at the Internet Movie Database
- Peggy Lipton—Yahoo! Movies
- Peggy Lipton at the Internet Off-Broadway Database