Peggy Lipton, who starred in David Lynch's Twin Peaks and crime drama The Mod Squad, has died at 72 after getting diagnosed and treated for colon cancer last year.
Lipton is the mother of Kidada Jones and Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones, who announced their mother's death on Saturday. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” they told The LA Times, who first reported the story. “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,” her daughters said. “She will always be a part of us.”
Lipton was born in New York in 1946. She started out as a model before making her television debut on The John Forsythe Show. She rose to fame for her role as Julie Barnes in The Mod Squad, which ran from 1968 until 1973. Lipton won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the role.
After The Mod Squad, Lipton played Double R Diner owner Norma Jennings on Twin Peaks. Although that show was cancelled after only two seasons, it quickly became a cult classic and eventually earned a revival in which Lipton reprised her role.