‘Mod Squad’ star Peggy Lipton dies at 72
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‘Mod Squad’ star Peggy Lipton dies at 72

Jewish actress, who died of cancer, won a Golden Globe for her part as an LA ‘hippie cop’ on the groundbreaking TV show, among other roles

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2009 Actress Rashida Jones, left, and her mother actress Peggy Lipton arrive at the premiere of "I Love You, Man" held at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
In this file photo taken on March 17, 2009 Actress Rashida Jones, left, and her mother actress Peggy Lipton arrive at the premiere of "I Love You, Man" held at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

LOS ANGELES, California — Peggy Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show “The Mod Squad” and the 1990s show “Twin Peaks,” died of cancer Saturday. She was 72.

Lipton died surrounded by her family, her daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, said in a statement.

“We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today,” they said. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us.”

Lipton played one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover “hippie cops” on “The Mod Squad,” which aired on ABC.

The Los Angeles Times said it was one of pop culture’s first efforts to reckon seriously with the counterculture and one of the first TV shows to feature an interracial cast.

Lipton was nominated for Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance. The show addressed issues such as the Vietnam War, drugs and domestic violence.

Lipton was born in New York and later moved to California. She has described her upbringing as “upper middle‐class Jewish.” 

Lipton married music producer Quincy Jones in 1974, and they had two daughters, actresses Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones. The couple divorced in 1989.

In the 1990s, she played the role of Norma Jennings in the TV series “Twin Peaks.”

“It was very scary,” Lipton told The Times in a 1993 interview. “I had a push-pull thing inside me that I wanted to do it.. I had become so insulated in my world as a mother, that I didn’t know how to pick up the phone and call anybody to put myself out there.”

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