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David Lynch on Peggy Lipton: "I miss her like crazy, she was such a gracious, caring, loving person"


David Lynch has been remembering his late friend, Peggy Lipton, as part of a new interview with Justin Theroux.

Lynch, who was speaking with Theroux as part of a Q&A conducted through Skype, was introducing a screening of Mulholland Drive in benefit of the David Lynch Foundation. Jonathan Cohen, of the foundation, asked Lynch to share some words on Lipton following her recent death.

Lipton, famed actress for her roles in Twin Peaks and, sadly passed away at the age of 72 earlier this month following a battle with colon cancer. In 1979 Lipton had largely retired from acting until a certain David Lynch made contact about a very special role. The call, which came shortly after her divorce, was offering her the role of Norma Jennings, the owner of the Double R Diner in Twin Peaks.

“Well, we lost a lot of people from this last 18 hours of Twin Peaks,” Lynch said when answering Cohen’s question. “It’s so fortunate we worked when we did. Peggy, such a gracious, caring, loving person, she was a perfect Norma in the Double R Diner.”

Lynch continued: “If you see the relationship between Norma and Shelly, you sort of see my idea of Peggy. Just filled with love and caring. Such a beautiful soul, and face and being. She was just fantastic to work with.

“Everybody has this experience, suddenly, when someone’s gone, you just wish that you had gone over to visit them and spend some time with them before this happened, but it’s too late. That’s the way I feel about Peggy. I miss her like crazy but there’s nothing we can do. She’s gone. It’s just a beautiful memory.”