Actor Peggy Lipton Dies, Aged 72

Peggy Lipton

by James White |
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Peggy Lipton, who found success as an actor, singer and model, has died. She was 72.

Lipton was born in New York in 1946, and raised by Harold, a corporate lawyer and Rita, an artist. Suffering abuse at the hands of an uncle, she was initially a nervous, withdrawn child, and had to deal with a stutter. In 1964, the family moved to Los Angeles. While her New York background helped to kickstart her modelling career, LA sparked acting jobs, Lipton signing up with Universal Pictures.

That led to work in television, including The John Forsythe Show, Bewitched, The Invaders and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Her first true taste of fame came with The Mod Squad, which earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

She took a break from the screen to focus on her music career, before returning in 1988 and scoring attention for her performance in Twin Peaks as Norma Jennings, which she reprised in the 2017 revival.

On the big screen, she's appeared in films including Blue, The Postman, When In Rome and 2017's A Dog's Purpose. In 2004, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, and treated for the condition, but died Saturday after a recurrence.

Married to legendary music producer Quincy Jones between 1974 and 1990, she's survived by her daughters from the marriage, actress model and fashion designer Kidada and actress/writer/producer Rashida Jones.

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