I am sad to write that one of the sweetest women in the world, Peggy Lipton, passed away yesterday on May 11, 2019. Although she was 72 years old, you could hardly tell by looking at her. By all accounts, she was a remarkable mother, a talented actress, and a pop culture icon that helped inspire a generation of girls and young women. I want to take a moment away from my revisions and editing of my 40 Years of David Lynch series of books to join in mourning with the rest of the world over the loss of this incredible woman and truly memorable performer.filmography and list of achievements throughout her life and screen career, she inspired many women in the 60's and 70's with her strong performance as the tough-as-nails undercover cop Julie Barnes on the hit TV show Mod Squad (1968-73) and was the mother of model Kidada Jones and another great actress in her own right, Rashida Jones.
|Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton, a Radiant Daughter/Mother
I personally came to love Peggy Lipton for her near-angelic portrayal of Norma Jennings, maker of immaculate pies at her Double RR Diner in the David Lynch and Mark Frosted created town of Twin Peaks. In many ways, Norma represented the spiritual center of Twin Peaks (1990-91) and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). From working with Laura Palmer on the Meals on Wheels and shepherding the waitresses who worked for her like they were family, Norma had her finger on the pulse of the town like few other characters did.
|Everett McGill and Peggy Lipton in a Scene 25 Years in the Making
Norma and Big Ed were doomed most of their lives to a perpetual standoff for their relationship and feelings. Between Hank Jennings' crimes and schemes and Nadine's needy madness, the two true loves seemed caught in an endless orbit until a recently empowered Nadine in The Return decided to get her life in order and let go, allowing the two perennial lovers finally to marry each other.
|David Lynch directing Peggy Lipton in Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
|Mother Surrounded by Her Daughters: Kidada Jones, Peggy Lipton, Rashida Jones