It is a sad Mothers Day for Rashida (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and Kidada Jones as they bid farewell to their mother, Golden Globe winning actress, Peggy Lipton.
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the TV screen, Lipton has died of colon cancer. She was 72.
Lipton’s death was announced in a statement from her daughters, who said she “made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side.”
Lipton was born in New York City 1946 as Margaret Ann Lipton. After being raised on Long Island, her family moved to Los Angeles in 1964. It was here Lipton became what she described as a “Topanga Canyon hippie,” exploring meditation and yoga, and subsisting on rice cakes and cottage cheese.
She would begin her career working as a model as a teenager before landing her first television role at the age of 19, according to the Times. She went on to appear on Bewitched and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour before landing the role as undercover hippie cop Julia Barnes on counterculture ABC series The Mod Squad, which aired from 1968 to 1973.
The series was groundbreaking in that it was one of the first TV shows to feature an interracial cast — costars Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III – and deal current issues such as domestic violence, abortion, police brutality, the Vietnam War and drugs.
In addition to earning four Emmy nominations for her work on the series, Lipton won a Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama in 1971. Here is a clip:
Soon after the series was canceled, Lipton married Quincy Jones. The two were a couple from 1974 to 1990. After a short singing career and her divorce, Lipton returned to TV to star as RR diner owner, Norma Jennings, on the David Lynch cult-classic Twin Peaks — a part which she reprised when the show’s 2017 revival.
Other Twin Peaks co-stars were quick to tweet their condolences:
The RR diner is dark today. Very sorry to hear Peggy Lipton is gone. We’ve lost a beautiful soul.
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) May 12, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/Uw2WJsmVrQ
— Twin Peaks on Showtime (@SHO_TwinPeaks) May 12, 2019
https://t.co/KzdCbbuFKm I lost a sister today. She was a true angel on earth. Always the coolest in the room. You couldn’t fit anymore love into that gorgeous soul of hers and she shared her heart generously with everyone around her… (cont’d) #PeggyLipton #NormaAndShelly4Ever pic.twitter.com/xMMI7jI2gG
— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) May 12, 2019
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) May 12, 2019
Comedienne and activist Kathy Griffin also tweeted her condolences:
I’m heartbroken. I had the opportunity to work with Peggy for a few days on a film. 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💔 https://t.co/RfQd0CqJG3
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 12, 2019
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Lipton’s daughters from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones, confirmed that she had passed away from cancer on Saturday.
“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Kidada Jones and Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said. “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,” the pair added. “She will always be a part of us.”