Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton has died at 72

Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton has died from cancer at the age of 72.
Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton has died from cancer at the age of 72.

Peggy Lipton, best known for her roles in The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, and the mother of actress Rashida Jones, has died at 72 of cancer.

Her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones announced her death to the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

She won a Golden Globe and was Emmy-nominated four times for her role as flower child Julie Barnes in The Mod Squad, the crime drama TV series in which she starred from 1968 to 1973.

She became a fashion icon for her hippie outfits on the show, which featured three hip undercover cops, "One black, one white, one blonde," as the marketing campaign described.

After a long break to raise her daughters, she returned to acting on David Lynch's original Twin Peaks series, on which she played Norma Jennings, the owner of the Double R Diner. She returned to reprise her role in the recent revival of the series.

On Angie Tribeca, she played Rashida Jones' mother as Peggy Tribeca. She recently appeared in Claws and A Dog's Purpose.

At the height of her popularity in 1968, she released a self-titled album and had a hit in 1970 with a cover of Donovan's Wear Your Love Like Heaven.

Born in New York, she started modelling at age 15 and acting at 19, appearing in TV series including The John Forsythe Show, Bewitched and The Virginian.

She married musician and producer Quincy Jones in 1974, making headlines and facing racism for the controversial interracial relationship. They divorced in 1990 after separating in 1986.

In her 2006 memoir Breathing Out, she describes being abused as a child by an uncle and suffering several abusive relationships.

Australian Associated Press