Rashida Jones’ mother Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad and Twin Peaks fame dies at 72 after battle with cancer
Peggy Lipton, the actress mother of Rashida Jones, has died at 72.
The New York-born entertainer was best known for her roles as Julie Barnes on ABC’s Mod Squad, and Norma Jennings on Twin Peaks.
Lipton was married to Quincy Jones from 1974 to 1990, and also mother to actress Kidada Jones, 45. Both Kidada and Rashida, 43, confirmed Lipton’s passing to the Los Angeles Times.
Sad news: Peggy Lipton, the actress mother of Rashida Jones, has died at 72 after a battle with cancer. The mother and daughter, 43, were snapped in 2011 in LA
Prior to her breakout role on the Mod Squad from 1968 to 1973, Lipton appeared on programs including Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Magical World of Disney and a Bob Hope special.
She appeared on the cult hit Twin Peaks throughout its 1989-1991 run, as well as the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the show’s 2017 reboot.
She had also dabbled in music with a self-titled 1968 album, and a hit 1970 single with Wear Your Love Like Heaven, a cover of the Donovan song.
Lipton also appeared on TV in Wings, Alias, House of Lies and Rashida’s series, Angie Tribeca. (The appearance came with a nostalgic backstage twist, as the sound stage it was filmed on was the same one where Lipton filmed Mod Squad, according to iMDb.)
Groovy: Lipton appeared on the Mod Squad with co-stars Clarence Williams III (L) and Michael Cole (R)
Key role: Lipton appeared on the cult hit Twin Peaks throughout its 1989-1991 run, as well as the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the show’s 2017 reboot
She had roles in the 1997 Kevin Costner film The Postman, and the 1999 Mod Squad movie (in which Claire Danes played her original role).
In her personal life, she was also in romances with Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and Sammy Davis Jr., according to Variety.
Comic Kathy Griffin, who appeared with Lipton in the 2000 film Intern, tweeted that she was ‘heartbroken’ over the news.
‘I had the opportunity to work with Peggy for a few days on a film,’ Griffin said. ‘I absolutely fell in love with her. I’ve honestly always thought of Peggy as … perfect. Honest, funny, nurturing, oh and loved some good, juicy, gossip.’
Fondly remembered: Comic Kathy Griffin, journalist Yashar Ali and Peggy’s Wings co-star Steven Weber took to Twitter to remember the actress