Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lipton (August 30, 1946 - May 11, 2019) was an American actress and former model. Lipton became an overnight success through her best-known role as flower child Julie Barnes in the ABC counterculture television series The Mod Squad (1968–1973) for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970. Her fifty-year career in television, film, and on stage included many roles, most notably that of Norma Jennings in David Lynch's surreal Twin Peaks. Lipton was married to the musician and producer Quincy Jones and is mother to their two daughters, Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones, who also became actresses.
Born in New York on August 30, 1946, Lipton was raised in a comfortably upper-middle-class Jewish family. Lipton's parents were Harold Lipton (1911–1999), a corporate lawyer, and Rita Benson (1912–1986), an artist. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jews, and her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Jewish parents who had emigrated from Eastern Europe.
Lipton was raised on Long Island with her brothers, Robert, who became an actor, and Kenneth. She attended Lawrence Junior High School and the Professional Children's School. Sexually abused by an uncle, Lipton was a nervous, withdrawn child. She had a stutter that at times prevented her from saying her own name. In 1964, the family moved to Los Angeles; there Lipton became what she described as a "Topanga Canyon hippie", exploring meditation and yoga, and subsisting on rice cakes and cottage cheese.
Lipton was briefly linked with Paul McCartney. During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Lipton had relationships with a series of alcoholic, abusive, or married men. During this time, she also used drugs. Lipton covered some of this period in her memoir Breathing Out (2005), co-written by David and Coco Dalton. She revealed that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and treated for it. Jack Chartier, at the time chief of staff of the New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, was in love with Lipton; starting in 2003 venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, as part of a quid pro quo scheme to encourage investment in his private equity firm, quietly paid up to $90,000 to Lipton to help her with rent and hospital bills, at the request of Chartier. Toward the same end Broidy also invested another $44,000 in a business venture in which one of Lipton's daughters was involved.
Marriage and family
After Lipton married musician and producer Quincy Jones, in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting in order to concentrate on her family (with the exception of appearing in the TV movie The Return of the Mod Squad in 1979). They had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who became actresses. Lipton separated from Jones in 1986, and they divorced in 1990.
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Margaret Ann Lipton
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Mod Squad, Twin Peaks
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