Peggy Lipton

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

(1946-08-30)August 30, 1946
New York City, U.S.
DiedMay 11, 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 72)
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active1964–2017
(m. 1974; div. 1989)
ChildrenKidada Jones
Rashida Jones

Margaret Ann Lipton (August 30, 1946 – May 11, 2019) was an American actress, model, and singer. She made appearances in many of the most popular television shows of the 1960s before she landed her defining role as flower child Julie Barnes in the crime drama The Mod Squad (1968–1973), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970.

After The Mod Squad, Lipton married musician Quincy Jones and began a 15-year hiatus from acting, during which she raised her two children, Kidada and Rashida Jones. She returned to acting in 1988, performing in many TV roles, including Norma Jennings in David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

Early life[edit]

Lipton was born Margaret Ann Lipton into an upper middle-class Jewish family in New York City on August 30, 1946,[1][2][3][4] the daughter of artist Rita Benson (born Rita Hetty Rosenberg) and corporate lawyer Harold Lipton.[5][2] Her paternal grandparents (surnamed Lipschitz) were Jewish immigrants from Russia, and her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Jewish parents from Latvia.[6][7][8] 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Junior High School and the Professional Children's School.[1] Sexually abused by an uncle, Lipton was a nervous and withdrawn child with a stutter so severe that she was sometimes unable to say her own name.[9][10] In 1964, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Lipton became what she called a "Topanga Canyon hippie" who explored meditation and yoga.[10]


Modeling and acting[edit]

Lipton's father arranged her first modeling jobs in New York, while her mother encouraged her to take acting lessons.[10] At 15, Lipton became a Ford Agency model and enjoyed a successful early career.[2] 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).[11] Between 1965 and 1968, she appeared in episodes of Bewitched, The Virginian,[12] The Invaders,[13] The Road West,[14] The F.B.I.,[15] The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,[16] and Mr. Novak.[17]

Peggy Lipton with fellow Mod Squad cast members Tige Andrews, Clarence Williams III, and Michael Cole.

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,[2] 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.[2] 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.[18]

After The Mod Squad, Lipton did no full-time acting for 15 years. In March 1988, she returned to television as the star of an ABC movie, Addicted to His Love.[2] 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.[19] Also in 2017, she appeared in an episode of Angie Tribeca as the mother of the title character played by her daughter Rashida Jones.[20]


As a singer, three of Lipton's singles landed on the Billboard charts: "Stoney End" (No. 121 Bubbling Under Hot 100, 1968, later a Top Ten hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970) and "Lu" (1970),[21] 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".[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Lipton was briefly linked with Paul McCartney.[23] At the age of eighteen, she began using drugs in an attempt to alleviate her depression.[24][25] After Lipton married musician and producer Quincy Jones in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting 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 and Rashida, who both became actresses.[26] Lipton and Jones separated in 1986, and divorced in 1989.[27]


After being diagnosed in 2004, Lipton died of colon cancer in Los Angeles on May 11, 2019, at the age of 72.[16][28][29][17]


  • 1968 Peggy Lipton (Ode Records)[30]
  • 2013 Peggy Lipton: The Complete Ode Recordings (Vivid Sound)[31]




Year Title Role Notes
1968 Blue Laurie Kramer [32][33]
1988 War Party TV correspondent
1988 Purple People Eater Mom
1989 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Kathleen Crowe
1990 Fatal Charm Jane Sims Video
1991 True Identity Rita
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Norma Jennings [30]
1997 The Postman Ellen March [12]
2000 The Intern Roxanne Rochet
2000 Skipped Parts Laurabel Pierce
2001 Jackpot Janice
2010 When in Rome Priscilla [28]
2017 A Dog's Purpose Adult Hannah Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Bewitched Secretary "Your Witch Is Showing"[28]
1965 Mr. Novak Selma "And Then I Wrote..."[17]
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Mary Winters "Night Fever"[28]
1965 The John Forsythe Show Joanna "Super Girl"[28]
1966 The Virginian Dulcie Colby "The Wolves Up Front, the Jackals Behind"[28]
1967 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Oralee Prentiss "Willie and the Yank: The Deserter", "Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders"[citation needed]
1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Jill "A Song Called Revenge"[citation needed]
1967 The Road West Jenny Grimmer "Elizabeth's Oddyssey"[14]
1967 The Invaders Bride "Wall of Crystal"[13]
1968–1973 The Mod Squad Julie Barnes Main role: 123 episodes[34]
1969 The Andy Williams Show Herself 1 episode
1971 The Dick Cavett Show Herself 1 episode
1979 The Return of the Mod Squad Julie Barnes TV film[34]
1990 The Hitchhiker Helen "Working Girl"[citation needed]
1990 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself 1 episode
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Norma Jennings Main role: 30 episodes[34]
1992 Secrets Olivia Owens TV miniseries[26]
1993 Angel Falls Hadley Larson Main role[34]
1994 The Spider and the Fly Helen Stroud TV film[34]
1994 Deadly Vows Nancy Weston TV film[34]
1994 Wings Miss Laurie Jenkins "Miss Jenkins"[34]
1996 Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie Carol Mills TV film[34]
2000 The 70s Gloria Steinem TV film[34]
2000 Popular Kelly Foster Recurring role[12]
2004 Alias Olivia Reed Recurring role[28]
2005 Cuts Marsha "The Turkey Triangle"[34]
2007 Rules of Engagement Fay "A Visit from Fay"[34]
2009 Crash Susie Recurring role[28]
2012 House of Lies Phoebe Van Der Hooven "Prologue and Aftermath"[34]
2014 Psych Scarlett Jones "1967: A Psych Odyssey"[34]
2016–2017 Angie Tribeca Peggy Tribeca 2 episodes[35]
2017 Twin Peaks Norma Jennings 5 episodes[28]
2017 Claws Peggy Lipton "Self-Portrait"[12]
2017 There's... Johnny! Evelyn Greenfield "Owed to Joy"[citation needed]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Hutchings, David (April 4, 1988). "Can You Dig It? the mod squad's Peggy Lipton, One marriage and fifteen years later, returns to acting". People. Vol. 29, no. 13. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jews Making News: Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher". The Atlanta Jewish Times. July 1, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Wilkins, Barbara (March 17, 1975). "Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton: Death Nearly Did Them Part". People. Vol. 3, no. 10. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Solitary Muser (2012). "Rashida Jones, Who do you think you are?".[dead link]
  6. ^ Lipton, Peggy (2005). Breathing Out. St. Martin's Press. pp. 15, 18. ISBN 978-0-3123-2413-1.
  7. ^ stated on Who Do You Think You Are?. May 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rashida Jones discovers her family's holocaust secret". Newshub. May 6, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Lipton 2005, pp. 36-37.
  10. ^ a b c Wilkins, Barbara (March 1978). "Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton: Death Did Almost Them Part". People.
  11. ^ Deming, Mark. "About Peggy Lipton". MTV. Viacom. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d Saperstein, Pat (May 12, 2019). "Peggy Lipton, 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks' Star, Dies at 72". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  13. ^ a b White, James (May 12, 2019). "Actor Peggy Lipton Dies, Aged 72". Empire. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
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  16. ^ a b Saldivia, Gabriela (May 12, 2019). "Peggy Lipton, Star Of 'The Mod Squad' And 'Twin Peaks', Dies At 72". NPR. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
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  21. ^ a b Leszczak, Bob (June 25, 2015). From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 195–196. ISBN 978-1-4422-4274-6.
  22. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. L.A. is My Lady at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  23. ^ Norman, Philip (May 3, 2016). Paul McCartney: The Biography. pp. 317–318. ISBN 978-0-3163-2796-1. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
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  25. ^ Taylor, Charles (June 12, 2005). "'Breathing Out': One Blonde". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
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  27. ^ Gates Jr., Henry Louis (April 29, 2004). African American Lives. Oxford University Press. p. 478. ISBN 978-0-1951-6024-6.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rottenberg, Josh (May 11, 2019). "Actress Peggy Lipton, star of 'The Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks,' dies at age 72". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
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