One week ago, I walked into a thrift store and I saw her. Leaning against the wall, on the floor, with other stuff mostly obscuring her from view. Though I barely saw a glimpse, I knew her immediately.
Do you recognize her?
With a tear in the canvas, and no price, I set her back down after taking a closer look. Later, I asked the price. Five dollars. None of the people working in the store knew who she was. But I did - and Marcia (my dear friend who was with me at the time) did, too.
Why, it's none other than the completely fabulous Peggy Lipton, of course, whom I practically IDOLIZED when "The Mod Squad" was on TV. I considered making the purchase, and then I decided against it, since five seemed like too much to me, with the torn area in the canvas, and all.
You know how I am, right?
I couldn't stand it, I mean - she was practically haunting me - so I went back the next day and brought her home. I think it's a remarkable likeness, painted on November 21st, 1968 by John Large.
I have no idea where I am going to put the painting, but I am very glad I went back for "her".
Peggy Lipton was recently on "Who Do You Think You Are?", the TV show about celebrities exploring their genealogical histories. The show featured Rashida Jones that evening, Peggy's daughter with Quincy Jones. It was a very moving program, and I was delighted to see Peggy again. I just read last week that that show has been cancelled, and I was so disappointed - I was looking forward to another season. Perhaps Lisa Kudrow will shop it around - The History Channel would be a good fit for it, I think. I'll remain hopeful.
Oh well, at least I do have my original, one-of-a-kind Peggy painting. Yes, indeed, she is right here with me where she belongs, with somebody who appreciates her.
(Edited to add: I'm sorry, I didn't make that very clear. Lisa Kudrow was indeed one of the producers (Thanks, Jim!) of "Who Do You Think You Are?", the fabulous program I mentioned above. I'm hoping they find another station that will want to carry the show so that they can keep producing more episodes, because I found the family history discoveries absolutely fascinating. And I know I'm not the only one.)