The Mod Squad
American actress Peggy Lipton is best known for playing Julie Barnes in the television series “The Mod Squad” (ABC, 1968-1973), in which she picked up a Golden Globe Award and several Emmy nominations for her performance. She also portrayed Norma Jennings in the critically acclaimed series “Twin Peaks” (ABC, 1990-1991). Starting out as a model in New York, she left acting for several years to raise her family. Her more recent TV credits include recurring roles on “Popular” (2000), “Alias” (2004) and “Crash” (2009). In addition, Lipton has appeared in several films, including “True Identity” (1991), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992), “The Postman” (1997), “Skipped Parts” (2000), “Jackpot” (2001) and “When in Rome” (2010). Lipton gained some success as a singer during the late 1960s to early 1970s and three of her singles hit the Billboard Charts (“Stoney End,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” and “Lu”).
Lipton was married to Grammy Award winning musician Quincy Jones from 1974 to 1990. Their daughters are actresses Kadida and Rashida Jones. Her romantic life has also been linked to Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and Sammy Davis Jr.
Lipton underwent treatment for colon cancer in 2004.
Quincy Jones' Ex
Childhood and Family:
Peggy Lipton was born Margaret Ann Lipton on August 30, 1946, in New York City, New York. Her father, Harold Lipton, was a corporate lawyer and her mother, Rita Hetty, was an artist. She grew up on Long Island and has two brothers, Robert (actor; born November 20, 1943) and Kenneth. She was educated at Lawrence Junior High School and the Professional Children's School. In 1964, her family moved to Los Angeles.
On September 14, 1974, Peggy married music industry baron Quincy Jones (born March 14, 1933). The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Kidada Jones, on March 22, 1974. Their second daughter, Rashida Jones, was born on February 25, 1976. They divorced in 1990.
Signed with the Ford Modeling Agency at age 15, Peggy Lipton enjoyed a successful modeling career in New York before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 17. In L.A., the talented youth signed a contract with Universal Pictures.
Lipton made her TV debut in the “Bewitched” February 4, 1965, episode titled “Your Witch Is Showing.” She went on to have small episodic parts in “Mr. Novak” (1965), “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (1965), “The John Forsythe Show” (1965), “The Virginian” (1966), “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre” (1967), “The F.B.I.” (1967), “The Road West” (1967) and “The Invaders” (1967). In 1968, she ventured into feature films when she was cast as Sarah Lambert in the western “Blue,” starring Terence Stamp, Joanna Pettet and Karl Malden. Her brother, Robert Lipton, also appeared in the film. She followed it up with a part in the 1969 drama “A Boy... a Girl,” directed and written by John Derek.
Lipton's big breakthrough arrived when she landed the starring role of Julie Barnes on the series “The Mod Squad,” opposite Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews. Created by Bud Ruskin and executive produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas, the show ran on ABC from September 24, 1968, to August 23, 1973. Lipton's performance on the show was critically applauded and she was awarded a Golden Globe for Best TV Actress - Drama in 1971. She also received Golden Globe nominations in the same category three more times and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series four times.
While enjoying success on the small screen, Lipton tried her hand at singing and released her self titled debut album in 1968 via Ode Records. The single “Stoney End” (1968) peaked at No. 121 on the Billboard Singles Charts. It was later successfully covered by Barbra Streisand. Lipton continued to produce two more singles on the Billboard Singles Charts with “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” (#108) and “Lu” (#102, both 1970).
In 1974, after her marriage to Quincy Jones, Lipton took a break from acting to concentrate on her family. She resurfaced five years later when she reprised her coveted role of Julie Barnes on the television film reunion “The Return of Mod Squad” (1979). It became her last acting job for nearly a decade.
Lipton resumed her acting career in 1988 when she appeared n the ABC television film “Addicted to His Love,” starring Barry Bostwick, Polly Bergen and Colleen Camp. Later that same year, she returned to films with a small role in “War Party,” which was directed by Franc Roddam, written by Spencer Eastman and starred Billy Wirth, Kevin Dillon and Tim Sampson. She then landed an unaccredited part in Keenen Ivory Wayans' film “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka” (1988), portrayed Mom in Linda Shayne's comedy “Purple People Eater” (1988), starring Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty and Thora Birch, played the supporting role of Kathleen Crowe in the J. Lee Thompson directed thriller “Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects” (1989), opposite Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández and Perry Lopez, and was cast as Jane Sims in the direct to video thriller “Fatal Charm” (West German, 1990; USA, 1992).
However, Lipton was not put back in the limelight until she was cast as Norma Jennings on the ABC series “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991), which was co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The show was a success and emerged as one of the top rated shows of 1990. In 1991, Lipton was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time for her performance in the show.
Lipton also appeared as Helen in an episode of “The Hitchhiker” called “Working Girl” (1990) and played the supporting role of Rita in the comedy film “True Identity” (1991), starring Lenny Henry, Frank Langella and Anne-Marie Johnson. She then worked with Jaime Lyn Bauer, David Birney and Fabio Bonini in the television miniseries “Secrets” (1992) before reprising the role of Norma Jennings in the movie version “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992), directed by Lynch. The film received negative reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.
In 1993, Lipton returned to series TV as a regular on the CBS drama “Angel Falls,” but it only had a short life. In 1994, she costarred in the television films “The Spider and the Fly” (directed by Michael Katleman) and “Deadly Vows” (directed by Alan Metzger) and guest starred in “Wings.” Two years later, she played Carol Mills in the NBC film “Justice for Annie: A Moment of Truth Movie,” opposite Danica McKellar and Terry David Mulligan. After a five year absence, Lipton returned with the supporting role of Ellen March in “The Postman” (1997), a film based on the 1985 novel of the same name by David Brin. The movie was directed by and starred Kevin Costner.
Entering the new millennium, Lipton received the recurring of Kelly Foster, a mother reunited with the child she abandoned several years earlier, on The WB's “Popular” (3 episodes, 2000). The same year, she also costarred with Dominique Swain and Ben Pullen in Michael Langea's comedy “Intern,” portrayed Laurabel Pierce in Tamra Davis' “Skipped Parts,” starring Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mischa Barton, and played Gloria Steinem in the NBC TV film “The '70s,” starring Brad Rowe, Guy Torry and Vinessa Shaw. In 2001, she played Janice in the film “Jackpot.” 2002 saw the actress appear on stage with her brother Robert and daughter Rashida Jones in the one act play “Pitching to the Star.”
Lipton resurfaced on screen in 2004 in the recurring role of Olivia Reed on the series “Alias.” She followed it up with guest spots in “Cuts” in 2005 and “Rules of Engagement” in 2007. In 2009, she portrayed Susie Fields in four episodes of “Crash,” a spin-off of the Oscar winning film of the same name. She then played Priscilla in the 2010 film “When in Rome,” a comedy directed by Mark Steven Johnson that starred Kristen Bell.
Golden Globe: Best TV Actress - Drama, “The Mod Squad,” 1971