Peggy Lipton- The Beautiful Flower Child Turned Crime Fighter On The “Mod Squad”
Actress Peggy Lipton. Source: (Vernon Merritt III/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Peggy Lipton has always been recognized as a fresh face with beauty both inside and out. Born in 1946, her initial career path was that of a model. She had the perfect resume for that profession with her stunning looks and natural grace. That, however, was not necessarily in the cards for Lipton. As it turned out, Peggy Lipton was destined for an acting career.
Peggy Lipton’s epic acting career skyrocketed her to the top with her role as flower child crime fighter, Julie Barnes, in The Mod Squad.
Back in the groovy era, the "Mod Squad" crime-fighting team was a force to be reckoned with!
When the sensational TV series, The Mod Squad, hit network television, the counterculture movement was in full swing. Along with Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, the show included Michael Cole as Pete Cochran, Clarence Williams as Linc Hayes and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer.
Julie Barnes, portrayed by Peggy Lipton, was a groovy flower child and a crime fighter alongside her fellow "mod" officers. The Mod Squad originally aired from 1968 to 1973 during the height of the counterculture. America took one look at the beautiful blonde cop and fell in love.
Peggy Lipton soared to epic fame for her portrayal of Julie Barnes and became a success overnight.
The plot of The Mod Squad was that of a trio of young hippies who had run into some problems with the legal system. As a way to resolve their legal issues, the police department recruited the three to work undercover to help bring others, who were committing more serious crimes, to justice. The fact that they were young, hip and wise to the streets worked to the benefit of the police. They were known to go undercover in places the police couldn't. It was a win/win for everyone involved; except the criminals! The trio of hip crime fighters became a huge sensation and had a cult-like following with viewers, both young and old.
In addition to modeling and acting, Peggy Lipton briefly dabbled as a singer. She released an album entitled simply, Peggy Lipton.
Peggy Lipton is a very talented celebrity. Her passion, however, has always been her children. After marrying Quincy Jones and having two children, she dropped out of the spotlight to focus on raising them. She briefly came out of her semi-retirement at one point to film The Return Of The Mod Squad in 1979 but otherwise laid low until she and Jones divorced. Later in her career, she was cast in some TV movies and a show playing the mother of her real-life daughter, Rashida Jones.
Peggy Lipton earned a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Julie Barnes as well as four Emmy Award nominations.
Despite Lipton’s tremendous success, she reports that she has always struggled with self-confidence. In an article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, she is quoted as saying, “When I started the (The Mod Squad) series I had no confidence. I was 18 and insecure.” Apparently, she has always struggled with insecurities. From the outside looking in, it doesn’t show. She has always made it look easy!
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