Peggy Lipton

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Peggy Lipton
Peggy Lipton Mod Squad.JPG
Publicity photo of Lipton from the television program The Mod Squad
Born Margaret Ann Lipton
(1946-08-30) August 30, 1946 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence California
Nationality American
Other names Peggy
Citizenship American
Education Lawrence Junior High School
Professional Children's School
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Quincy Jones (m. 1974–90)
Children Kidada Jones (born 1974)
Rashida Jones (born 1976)
Relatives Robert Lipton, Ken Lipton
Awards Golden Globe

Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lipton (born August 30, 1946) is an American actress and former model. She became an overnight success, and is best known for her role as flower child Julie Barnes in the counterculture TV show The Mod Squad (1968–73). She appeared in numerous TV series afterward, e.g., in the notable role of Norma Jennings in David Lynch's surreal Twin Peaks. Lipton has had a more than 40-year career in television, film, and stage.[1]

She was married to the musician/producer Quincy Jones and is mother to their two daughters, Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones, who have become actresses.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in New York on August 30, 1946, Lipton was raised in a comfortably upper-middle-class Jewish family. Her parents were Harold Lipton (1911-1999), a corporate lawyer, and Rita Benson (1912-1986), an artist.[2][3] Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jews, and her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe.[4][5]

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.[6]

Sexually abused by an uncle,[7] Lipton was a nervous, withdrawn child. She had a stutter that at times prevented her from saying her own name.[8]

In 1964, the family moved to Los Angeles; there Lipton became what she described as a "Topanga Canyon hippie", exploring meditation and yoga, and subsisting on rice cakes and cottage cheese.[8]


Lipton's father arranged her first modeling jobs in New York, while her mother encouraged her to take acting lessons.[8] At 15, Lipton became a Ford Agency model and enjoyed a successful early career.[3]

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).[9] 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,[3] her performance as "canary with a broken wing" Julie Barnes earned her four Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations during her tenure. In 1971, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actress in a Drama.[3] 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.[10]


As a singer she enjoyed some success, with three of her singles landing on the Billboard charts: "Stoney End" (No. 121 Bubbling Under Hot 100, 1968, later a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970) 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 was released on CD on July 29, 2014 by RealGone Music, along with other singles and previously unreleased material (nineteen tracks in all). Lipton is listed as one of several co-writers of the Frank Sinatra 1984 hit, "L.A. Is My Lady".

Marriage and family[edit]

After Lipton married musician/producer Quincy Jones, in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting in order to concentrate on her family (with a notable exception of appearing in the TV movie The Return of the Mod Squad in 1979). They had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who became actresses.[11]

Lipton separated from Jones in 1986, and they divorced in 1990.[12]

Return to acting[edit]

In 1988, Lipton returned to acting. She gained attention for her performance as Norma Jennings in the popular TV series Twin Peaks (1990-91) and has since appeared in many TV shows, including recurring roles in Crash and Popular.

Personal life[edit]

During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Lipton had relationships with a series of alcoholic, abusive, and/or married men. During this time, she also used drugs.[13]

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.[14]

Starting in 2003, Jack Chartier, who at the time was chief of staff of Alan Hevesi, the then New York State Comptroller, quietly funneled pension fund money of up to $90,000 to Lipton to help her with rent and hospital bills. He also invested another $44,000 in pension-fund money in a business venture in which one of Lipton's daughters was involved.[15]



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  1. ^ a b Moviefone. "Biography Peggy Lipton". 
  2. ^ Solitary Muser (2012). "Rashida Jones, Who do you think you are?". 
  3. ^ a b c d David Hutchings (1988). "Can You Dig It? the mod squad's Peggy Lipton, One marriage and fifteen years later, returns to acting". People Magazine. 
  4. ^ Lipton, Peggy (2005). Breathing Out. St. Martin's Press. pp. 15, 18. ISBN 0312324138. 
  5. ^ stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, May 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Bored? Creatively I'm Bored, But...'", The New York Times, March 19, 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."'
  7. ^ Book Description. "Breathing Out:". Retrieved May 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ a b c Barbara Wilkins (March 1978). "Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton: Death Did Almost Them Part". People Magazine. Retrieved May 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Artists MTV beta. "About Peggy Lipton". 
  10. ^ Style.Com. "Peggy Lipton". Style. 
  11. ^ Marlow, Wil (August 20, 2004). "From Rashida with love". Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Music producer Jones, actress Lipton to divorce". The Milwaukee Sentinel. October 12, 1989. p. 3. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ Amazon Editorial Reviews. "Breathing Out by Peggy Lipton". 
  14. ^ Ciuraru, Carmela (June 4, 2005). "Lipton admits insecurity while living in mod times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ Tom Robbins (December 8, 2009). "The Peggy Lipton Affair Brings Down Another Mogul". Village Voice. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Wings episode 06 X 08 "Miss Jenkins"

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