An actress who starred on the iconic 1960s series “The Mod Squad” and had a career resurgence in the early 1990s on “Twin Peaks” has died. Peggy Lipton died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to media reports. She was 72.
Lipton died of cancer, according to an announcement from Kidada and Rashida Jones, Lipton’s daughters from a marriage to music producer Quincy Jones.
The Los Angeles Times quotes Lipton’s daughters saying in a statement: “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”
Lipton began a modeling career at age 15 and soon found herself making guest appearances on TV shows including “Bewitched,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “The Virginian.” By the end of the 1960s she was starring as “hippie cop” Julie Barnes on “The Mod Squad,” which ran five seasons on ABC, from 1968-1973.
The role earned her four Emmy nominations along with a Golden Globe for Best TV Actress in a Drama in 1971.
Lipton gave up acting for the better part of two decades following “The Mod Squad,” pursuing a singing career and raising a family. After she and Quincy Jones divorced in 1989, she returned to acting and landed the role of Norma Jennings on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.”
She recently reprised her “Twin Peaks” role on the 2017 Showtime revival of the series.
Here’s a brief interview clip posted in 2014 in which Lipton talks about her work on “Twin Peaks” …