Peggy Lipton (born August 30, 1946) is an American actress and former model. She was an overnight success and is best known for her role as "flower child" Julie Barnes in the counterculture TV show The Mod Squad (1968-1973). Appearing in numerous TV series since her noted role as Norma Jennings in David Lynch's surreal Twin Peaks, Lipton has had a more than 40-year career in television, film, and stage.[1]

She was married to Quincy Jones, a musician and producer. She is mother to their two daughters, Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones, who have become actresses.[1]

Early life and education

Born in New York on August 30, 1946, Peggy Lipton was raised in a comfortably upper-middle-class Jewish family. Her parents were Harold Lipton, a corporate lawyer, and Rita Benson, an artist.[2][3] Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jews, and her mother was born in Dublin, Ireland to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe.[4][5] 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.[6]

Sexually abused by an uncle,[7] Lipton was a nervous, withdrawn child. She had a stutter that at times prevented her from saying her own name.[8] In 1964 the family moved to Los Angeles; there Peggy became what she described as a "Topanga Canyon hippie", exploring meditation and yoga, and subsisting on rice cakes and cottage cheese.[8]


Her father arranged her first modeling jobs in New York, while her mother encouraged her to take acting lessons.[8] At 15 she became a Ford Agency model and enjoyed a successful early career.[3]

After she and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1964, Lipton signed a contract with Universal Pictures. She made her TV debut at age 19 in the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show (1965).[9] Between 1965 and 1968, she appeared in episodes of the following series: Bewitched, The Virginian, The Invaders, The Road West, The F.B.I., Walt Disney's Willie and the Yank, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and Mr. Novack.

Lipton's star rose on The Mod Squad. Appearing waiflike and vulnerable, as David Hutchings wrote,[3] her performance as 'canary with a broken wing' Julie Barnes earned her four Golden Globe nominations during her tenure. In 1971 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actress in a Drama.[3] Thin with long, straight, ash blond hair, clad in mini-skirts, bell bottoms and love beads, Lipton's Julie Barnes became a fashion icon and the hip 'it' girl of her time.[10]


As a singer she enjoyed some success, with three of her singles landing on the Billboard charts: "Stoney End" (No. 121 Bubbling Under Hot 100, 1968, later a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1970) and "Lu" (1970), both written by Laura Nyro. Her "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" (1970) was written by Donovan. "Stoney End" is included in her 1968 album Peggy Lipton (Ode Records), which has yet to have an official Ode Records/CBS release on CD.*** Lipton is listed as one of several co-writers of the Frank Sinatra 1984 hit, "L.A. Is My Lady".

Marriage and family

After Lipton married Quincy Jones, a musician and producer, in 1974, she took a hiatus from acting in order to concentrate on her family. They had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who became actresses.[11] Lipton has noted their interracial marriage sometimes created problems when they traveled together.

After Lipton separated from Jones in 1986, she said, "I had a great marriage, but it's over, and acting is what I know best how to do. I wanted children very badly, and I knew I couldn't do both well."[citation needed] They divorced in 1990.[12]

Return to acting

In 1988 Lipton returned to acting. She gained attention for her performance as Norma Jennings in the popular TV series, Twin Peaks (1991-1992). She has since appeared in many TV shows, including a recurring role in Crash and Popular.

Personal life

Lipton's modeling career and instant fame on The Mod Squad brought her the attentions of many famous men, including Paul McCartney, Terence Stamp, his brother Chris, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, and others.[13] During the late 60's-early 70's she had relationships with a series of alcoholic, abusive, and/or married men. During this time, she also experimented with drugs.[14] 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.[15] Starting in 2003, Jack Chartier, chief of staff to the New York state comptroller, quietly funneled pension fund money of up to $90,000 to Lipton to help her with rent and hospital bills. Another $44,000 in pension fund money was invested in a business venture by one of Lipton's daughters.[16]


  • Mosby's Marauders (1967) - Oralee Prentiss
  • Blue (1968) - Laurie Kramer
  • A Boy...a Girl (1969)
  • War Party (1988) - TV Correspondent
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) — Uncredited
  • Purple People Eater (1988) - Mom
  • Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) - Kathleen Crowe
  • Fatal Charm (1990) - Jane Sims
  • True Identity (1991) - Rita
  • The Postman (1997) - Ellen March
  • The Intern (2000) - Roxanne Rochet
  • Skipped Parts (2000) - Laurabel Pierce
  • When in Rome (2010) - Beth's mother, Priscilla Martin



  1. ^ a b Moviefone. "Biography Peggy Lipton". 
  2. ^ Solitary Muser (2012). "Rashida Jones, Who do you think you are?". 
  3. ^ a b c d David Hutchings (1988). "Can You Dig It? the mod squad's Peggy Lipton, One marriage and fifteen years later, returns to acting". People Magazine. 
  4. ^ Lipton, Peggy (2005). Breathing Out. St. Martin's Press. pp. 15, 18. ISBN 0312324138. 
  5. ^ stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, May 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Bored? Creatively I'm Bored, But...'", The New York Times, 19 March 1972. Accessed September 15, 2008. Quote: "The girl from uptight Lawrence, L. I., was now cool, worldly; Peggy Lipton had become, in the stone-age language of the sixties, a groovy chick, and Mod Squad had found its Julie."'
  7. ^ Book Description. "Breathing Out:". Retrieved May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Barbara Wilkins (March 1978). "Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton: Death Did Almost Them Part". People Magazine. Retrieved May 2013. 
  9. ^ Artists MTV beta. "About Peggy Lipton". 
  10. ^ Style.Com. "Peggy Lipton". Style. 
  11. ^ Marlow, Wil (2004-08-20). "From Rashida with love". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Music producer Jones, actress Lipton to divorce". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 1989-10-12. p. 3. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Style.Com. "Peggy Lipton". 
  14. ^ Amazon Editorial Reviews. "Breathing Out by Peggy Lipton". 
  15. ^ Ciuraru, Carmela (2005-06-04). "Lipton admits insecurity while living in mod times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Tom Robbins (Tuesday, Dec 8 2009). "The Peggy Lipton Affair Brings Down Another Mogul". Village Voice. Village Voice. Retrieved 1 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)