Stars react to death of Peggy Lipton, star of 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks,' at 72

Bryan Alexander

Peggy Lipton, the actress who rose to fame in TV's groundbreaking 1960s series "The Mod Squad" and starred in the 1990s series "Twin Peaks," has died at age 72 of cancer.

The news was confirmed by her two daughters Kidada and Rashida Jones (star of TV's "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation"), from Lipton's 15-year marriage to music producer Quincy Jones.

"We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today," the statement 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."

The statement called for privacy for the family and continued: "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 Julie Barnes, one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover "hippie cops" on the counter-culture "The Mod Squad" with Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III. The show aired on ABC from 1968 to 1973.

She 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 married Jones in 1974, and focused on her family and two daughters. The couple divorced in 1989.

Lipton appeared in the 1979 “Mod Squad” TV reunion and made a cameo appearance in a 1999 movie version of "The Mod Squad" that starred Claire Danes (as Julie Barnes), Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi.

In the 1990s, she played the role of Norma Jennings in the TV series "Twin Peaks." She also played the same character in the show's 2017 revival.

Lipton's co-stars and others took to Twitter to remember the actress. 

Her "Twin Peaks" co-star Kyle MacLachlan tweeted, "The RR diner is dark today."

"She’s the one I always wanted to be," said actress Helen Hunt.

Holly Robinson Peete said, "So glad I got a chance to tell her that her character on #ModSquad was an inspiration for Judy Hoffs on 21 Jump Street."

"Jurassic World" actress Bryce Dallas Howard sent condolences to Lipton's daughters, saying, "Peggy Lipton’s generosity, wild sense of humor and style, and deeply sensitive wisdom inspired all who had the joy of meeting her."

And actress Rosanna Arquette also called out Lipton's daughters while she mourned the loss of her friend: "We had known each Other for many years and her beautiful girls were the loves of her life. She was an exquisite human being On all levels. god bless you. KIDADA and Rashida she’s your angel."

Comedian Kathy Griffin said she was "heartbroken": "I’ve honestly always thought of Peggy as...perfect. Honest, funny, nurturing, oh and loved some good, juicy, gossip"

"From the #ModSquad to #TwinPeaks and everything in between. Sweet, kind, beautiful & very cool," said Billy Baldwin.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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