Actress Peggy Lipton, best known for her roles as Norma Jennings on Twin Peaks and Julie Barnes on The Mod Squad, has passed away at the age of 72. The news was confirmed by her daughters, Kidada and Rashida Jones. Lipton died following a battle with cancer. Lipton had been diagnosed with colon cancer initially in 2004. Her daughters had this to say 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."
Peggy Lipton was born in New York on August 30, 1946. By the age of 15, she had already started a modeling career that took off rather quickly. At 19, she had started working in television, with her first role taking place in The John Forsythe Show in 1965. Not long after, she got her big break in The Mod Squad as Julie Barnes. The series ran from for more than 120 episodes until 1973. Lipton, for her part, won a Golden Globe and was nominated for four Emmys during the show's run.
Eventually, Peggy Lipton married famed music producer Quincy Jones in 1974. The two divorced in 1990, but during their marriage, Lipton gave birth to her daughters, Kidada and Rashida Jones. Lipton actually took a long break from acting in order to raise her daughters. She did, however, return for The Mod Squad reunion movie in 1979. Her eventual return to the limelight would come, along with her most memorable role, in David Lynch's cult TV series Twin Peaks.
Peggy Lipton starred as the now iconic Norma Jennings in the series. Lipton would also go on to reprise the role in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and the revival series which aired on Showtime in 2017. The official Twitter account for the show shared this message following the news of her passing.
"Our hearts are full of sadness as we mourn the loss of the talented Peggy Lipton. She gave us our beloved Norma, who she filled with kindness and warmth as the heart of Twin Peaks. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. We will truly miss her presence."
Many figures around Hollywood took to social media in order to share their thoughts on the late actress, including her Twin Peaks co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Madchen Amick. Peggy Lipton continued working through 2017. She starred alongside her daughter Rashida Jones in the TBS series Angie Tribeca as the titular character's mother, in a bit of meta casting. Some of her other later credits include Psych, Claws and A Dog's Purpose. We've included various social media tributes to the late actress for you to check out below. RIP, Peggy Lipton. This news was previously reported by the Los Angeles Times.