Peggy Lipton Biography

Peggy Lipton (Margaret Ann Lipton) is an American actress and former model. This biography profiles her childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

Peggy Lipton
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 30, 1946

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Virgo

Born in: New York City, New York, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Quincy Jones (m. 1974–1990)

children: Kidada Jones, Rashida Jones

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Peggy Lipton, born Margaret Ann Lipton, is an American actress most known for playing Julie Barnes in ABC’s ‘The Mod Squad’. The fashion icon of her time, her signature look is long, straight, thin, ash blonde hair. She has had a successful career in acting at a very young age and is the winner of a Golden Globe and also has four Emmy and Golden Globes nominations. Through the course of her career, she has appeared in a number of television series including ‘The Invaders’, ‘The Mod Squad’, ‘Mr. Novak’, ‘Bewitched’, and several more. She has also appeared in movies like ‘Jackpot’, ‘Blue’, ‘When in Rome’, and many more. She has appeared in several television commercials and also has starred in an off-Broadway production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’. She was married to Quincy Jones and has two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who are also actresses. Peggy is a cancer survivor having fought colon cancer. She is also a successful singer having hit singles like ‘Lu’’ and Stoney End’ under the belt. She has a CD of her songs under the name Peggy Lipton which features nineteen tracks.

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Peggy Lipton
Childhood & Early Life
  • Margaret Ann ‘Peggy’ Lipton was born on August 30, 1946 in New York City, New York. Her parents were Harold Lipton, a corporate lawyer and Rita Benson, an artist. Peggy was raised in an upper middle-class Jewish family.
  • As a kid, Peggy was raised on Long Island with her brothers, Robert and Kenneth. Later, Robert too, became an actor.
  • She attended Lawrence Junior High School and Professional Children’s School. She was described as a withdrawn and nervous child. She was also sexually abused by an uncle and used to stutter which sometimes made it difficult for her to even say her own name.
  • In 1964, the actress along with her family moved to Los Angeles. There she became fixated with meditation and yoga and describes herself during the phase as a ‘Topanga Canyon hippie’.
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  • Peggy initially worked as a model in New York, taking up jobs that her father arranged. On the other hand, her mother urged her to take acting lessons.
  • She enjoyed a successful early career at the age of 15, when she joined the Ford Agency and worked for them as a model.
  • She signed a contract with Universal Pictures after she moved to Los Angeles in 1964 with her family.
  • At the age of 19, she debuted on television in the NBC sitcom ‘The John Forsythe Show’.
  • She appeared in a number of TV series including ‘Bewitched’, ‘The Invaders’, ‘The F.B.I’, ‘The Virginian’, ‘The Road West’, ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’, and many more.
  • Peggy rose to fame when she was cast as Julie Barnes in ABC’s crime drama series ‘The Mod Squad’. Her helpless and innocent portrayal of the character earned her praise from audiences as well as critics. The role earned her four nominations for the Emmy’s and four Golden Globe nominations for the best actress. She also won the Golden Globe in 1971.
  • Her character Julie Barnes had straight long hair with an ash blonde color, mini skirts, bell bottoms, love beads and sunglasses. This helped the character get instant connect and Peggy became the fashion icon of her time.
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  • Apart from a career in acting, she has a successful career in singing too. She has enjoyed success in the field with hit singles like ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven’, ‘Stoney End’, ‘Lu’, and many more. She released her unreleased work in a CD in 2014.
  • Peggy was one of the co-writers for L.A. Is My Lady, the 1984 Frank Sinatra hit.
  • After taking a break to focus on her family, Peggy returned to acting in 1988 and gained popularity for her performance as Norma Jennings in the TV series ‘Twin Peaks’. She has since appeared in several TV shows including ‘Crash’ and ‘Popular’.
  • She recently appeared in the movie ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ which was released in January 2017 and continues to appear in ‘Twin Peaks’ as Norma Jennings.
Major Works
  • She was recognized as a singer when her single ‘Stoney End’ ranked 121 on the Billboard list in 1968.
  • In 1970, she hit the Billboard singles chart when two of her singles ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven’ and ‘Lu’ charted number 108 and 102 respectively.
  • In 2002, she appeared on stage in‘Pitching to the Star’ with elder brother Robert Lipton and daughter Rashida Jones.
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  • She appeared in a series of television commercials for Verizon FiOS.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1969, she was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress: Prime Time’ for her performance in Twin Peaks.
  • In 1970, Peggy was nominated for the Golden Globes in the Best TV Actress - Drama Category for her role as Julie Barnes in ABC’s TV series ‘The Mod Squad’.
  • She received nominations for the Golden Globes for the same series, four years in a row, from 1970 to 1973.
  • In 1971, she won a Golden Globe Award and was named the best actress for ‘The Mod Squad’.
  • She also received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards in the year 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.
  • In 1971, she won the Brave Otto Germany Award as the Best Female TV Star.
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Personal Life
  • Peggy went through a troubled phase from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. During this period, she was involved with a series of men, most of them being married, alcoholic and abusive. She also has a history of drug use during this period. She has detailed this period of her life in her memoir ‘Breathing Out’, co-written by David and Coco Dalton.
  • After ‘The Mod Squad’ ended in 1973, she settled down with actor, humanitarian, and musician Quincy Jones. They got married in 1974. To concentrate on her family life, Peggy took a break from acting and only appeared in the TV movie ‘The Return of The Mod Squad’ in 1979.
  • She gave birth to Kidada Jones in 1974 and had another daughter Rashida Jones in 1976. Both of them, later, went on to become actresses.
  • She separated from husband Quincy Jones in 1986 and the couple got divorced in 1990.
  • In 2004, it was revealed that she was diagnosed with colon cancer and began her treatment for it.
  • Jack Chartier, chief of staff of Alan Havesi, the then New York State Comptroller, provided a fund of around $90,000 to help Peggy with the hospital bills, rent and treatment. He also invested about $44,000 in a fund supporting a business venture where one of Peggy’s daughters was involved.
Net Worth
  • As of March 2017, her net worth is $3 million.
  • Peggy has worked as an assistant instructor in a Jane Fonda workout video.
  • She was also in a relationship with Elvis Presley.

1. Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)

  (Mystery, Drama, Romance, Horror, Thriller)

2. Mosby's Marauders (1967)


3. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

  (Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Drama)

4. A Dog's Purpose (2017)

  (Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Comedy, Family)

5. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy)

6. Blue (1968)

  (Western, Romance)

7. Skipped Parts (2000)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

8. The Postman (1997)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
1971 Best TV Actress - Drama The Mod Squad (1968)

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