September 21, 2019

‘Mod Squad’ Star Peggy Lipton Dies at 72

Peggy Lipton in The Mod Squad. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Peggy Lipton, best known for her TV roles in “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks,” died May 11 at age 72 following a battle with cancer.

Her daughters from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones, actresses Rashida and Kadida Jones, announced her passing 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, Lipton grew up in an upper-middle-class Jewish family on Long Island, the daughter of a corporate lawyer and an artist. She modeled for the Ford model agency and segued to acting after her family moved to Los Angeles in 1964. She made her debut in “The John Forsythe Show” the following year and made many guest star appearances before landing the part of Julie Barnes on ‘Mod Squad’ in 1968. She was nominated for four Emmy awards and won a Golden Globe for the role. 

Most recently, Lipton appeared in the 2017 film “A Dog’s Purpose” and the TV shows “Twin Peaks,” “Claws,” and “Angie Tribeca,” alongside her daughter Rashida.