Peggy Lipton revealed in 2004 that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The disease took her life on May 11, 2019. Rashida and Kidada shared a statement confirming their mother's death:
She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.
At least Peggy Lipton's daughters got to be there for her in the end, as they told the L.A. Times. Lipton was married to musician/producer Quincy Jones from 1974 to 1990.
Peggy Lipton started her career as a Ford Agency model in New York before moving to Los Angeles to start her acting career on shows like Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The John Forsythe Show. She shot to fame as Julie Barnes in the 1968–1973 series The Mod Squad. She was nominated for four Emmys and four Golden Globes for the role, picking up one Golden Globe win.
Peggy Lipton also had a successful singing career, but she stepped away from the spotlight a bit after her marriage to Quincy Jones to focus on raising her family.
About 20 years after The Mod Squad, she shot back to TV fame as Norma Jennings in David Lynch's Twin Peaks from 1990-1991. She also came back to the role for the 2017 Showtime return.
In a nice bit of mother/daughter synergy, Peggy Lipton also played Peggy Tribeca, mother of title character Angie Tribeca in Rashida Jones' TBS comedy. Rashida Jones followed her mother into acting, most famously as Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation. She also made the documentary Quincy, about her father, Quincy Jones, for Netflix, winning a Grammy for Best Music Film.
Rashida Jones recently shared a throwback photo of her parents:
Last year, Rashida Jones also shared this beautiful set of photos in honor of Mother's Day:
It's tragic that Peggy Lipton passed just one day before Mother's Day 2019. But she leaves a fantastic legacy behind her, from her work to her children. Fans have been flooding social media with memories of her on Twin Peaks or The Mod Squad, or from meeting her in person, if they were so lucky. She will be missed.