Peggy Lipton, Star of 'Twin Peaks' and 'Mod Squad,' Passes Away, Age 72

Famed television actress Peggy Lipton, known for her iconic roles on television's ground-breaking series The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, passed away at the age of 72 on Saturday. Lipton was first diagnosed with and treated for colon cancer when she was 56, with doctors discovering a Stage III tunor during a routine colonoscopy.

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Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones, Lipton's daughters with music producer Quincy Jones, had this to say about Lipton's 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."

Lipton starred in ABC's ground-breaking police drama Mod Squad, where she played hippie-turned-undercover cop Julie Barnes opposite Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III from 1968 to 1973. Lipton would go on to the role of Double R Diner waitress Norma Jennings in David Lynch's Twin Peaks for ABC from 1990 to 1991; and in spinoff movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in 1992. She would reprise the role once again in 2017 with Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return (with Norma now owning the Double R Diner). She has also recently appeared in TNT's Claws, TBS's Angie Tribeca (with series star/daughter Rashida Jones), Crash, Alias, and Popular.

"I used to worry I'd make a fool of myself, but I don't care what anyone thinks of me anymore."

"I never had confidence – never. The hardest thing to know is your own worth, and it took me years and years to find out what mine is."

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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