Peggy Lipton's Daughter Once Opened up about Her Mother's Cancer Battle
Sadly the “Twin Peaks” star Peggy Lipton passed away after a long battle with cancer, a disease she bravely fought by finding joy where she could.
On May 11, “The Mod Squad” star passed away from colon cancer at the age of 72, a battle her daughter, Rashida Jones wrote about in 2009.
She opened up in an article published in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine about the hardships that followed the diagnosis and how they dealt with it as a family.
As mother and daughter, the pair were not only close but also “partners in crime.” After Peggy and Quincy Jones divorced, Rashida, ten years old at the time, went to live with Peggy while her sister Kidada, two years her senior, went to live with their dad, Quincy.
“Mom is the most unconditionally loving person I will ever know, and she has always supported me on every level,” she wrote.
Until 2008, Peggy used to work with Rashida before she went on auditions and offered not only her perspective but also a shoulder to cry on when opportunities didn’t turn out as Rashida had hoped.
A routine colonoscopy revealed the shocking diagnosis after doctors found a stage III tumor in 2002.
Rashida had just returned to the US after four months in London. A trip she went on after she and her brother, Robert played alongside their mom Peggy in a play called “Pitching to the Star.”
A period in her life she thought of fondly as she wrote, “The three of us on the same stage—that was such a special experience for me.”
Doctors recommended that Peggy, 56-year-old at the time, undergo surgery and begin chemotherapy immediately after the diagnosis.
As Rashida watched her mother go through “brutal” chemotherapy treatments, she wanted to “take the burden off her” mother somehow and found a way to help.
“I decided my job was to find joyful moments during what could have been a terrifying time for both of us,” she said.
From thereon Rashida decided to embrace something her father always said, “Approach life with love and not fear” and in doing so to remember that no matter how dark the cloud that one still has every right to smile.
“I know that in life there will be sickness, devastation, disappointments, heartache—it's a given. What's not a given is the way you choose to get through it all. If you look hard enough, you can always find the bright side,” Rashida added.
“We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer today. She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side. We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now, but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us.”
Peggy became a household name with her role as one of a trio of “hippie” undercover cops in Los Angeles named Julie Barnes. The ABC hit show “The Mod Squad” ran during the late 1960s into the early 1970s and earned her both four Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
In the 1990s, Peggy also notably starred as Norma Jennings in the popular series, “Twin Peaks.”
Sadly, Hollywood and the rest of the world mourn the passing of another household name, Doris Day. On Monday, 97-year old Doris Day’s charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, announced that the legendary actress passed away.