RIP: Peggy Lipton, actress + singer

Today, we learned that actress + singer Peggy Lipton died from cancer at the age of 72.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Born in New York on Aug. 30, 1946, Lipton began modeling at age 15, transitioning into acting at the age of 19, appearing in such TV shows as “The John Forsythe Show,” “Bewitched,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “The Virginian.”

When Peggy Lipton was 21 years old, when she rocketed to fame in 1968 when she played the role of Julie Barnes, a street-smart flower child that happened to be an undercover cop on the ABC crime series “The Mod Squad.” This TV show, one of the first to feature an interracial cast, lasted for five seasons, earning her four Emmy nominations, a 1971 Golden Globe award for best actress in a TV drama, and the cover of MAD magazine!

Apparently, she was also a girl friend of Paul McCartney.

In 1974, Ms. Lipton married music producer Quincy Jones. Together, they had two daughters, Rashida and Kidada Jones, who each became successful actresses. While the marriage ended 1990, it turned out to be the last and longest marriage for Mr. Jones, who had two previous marriages.

On Twitter, Nell Scovell pointed out something I wasn’t aware of…

Peggy Lipton’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in (Michael Jackson)’s “Black or White” video was a perfect pop culture moment. #RIP

Some of you may be asking… “What does Peggy Lipton have to do with LOUIE LOUIE?”

Here’s the answer….

In 1970, Peggy released a single of the song “Lu” (1970), written by Laura Nyro, a song that we at the LOUIE Report would categorize as a “LOUIE Mutant.”

Listen closely to this performance of the song on The Andy Williams Show on October, 31, 1969….

Reference Links:
Los Angeles Times – Actress Peggy Lipton, star of ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at age 72
Wikipedia – Peggy Lipton
Nell Scovell Twitter

1 comment to RIP: Peggy Lipton, actress + singer

  • Stretch Riedle

    Wow, I almost don’t remember if I ever heard this before. I’m sure you’ve sent it to me. “Everone’s gone Lu-ee”. Now THAT’S a health problem!
    Pretty bad song and poor video, despite the obvious talents of Peggy Lipton.

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