June Squibb

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June Squibb
June Squibb Cannes 2013.jpg
Born June Louise Squibb
(1929-11-06) November 6, 1929 (age 85)
Vandalia, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Edward Sostek (divorced)
Charles Kakatsakis (?–1999; widowed; 1 child)

June Louise Squibb (born November 6, 1929) is an American actress. She has played supporting roles in various films such as Alice, Scent of a Woman, The Age of Innocence, In & Out, and Far from Heaven. She has also performed on television series such as Ghost Whisperer and on Broadway, including performing in the original production of Gypsy. She played the wife of Jack Nicholson in Alexander Payne's film About Schmidt, and the wife of Bruce Dern in Payne's Nebraska, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[1]

Squibb currently appears in The Jack and Triumph Show on Adult Swim alongside Jack McBrayer and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog; she portrays a retired actress who appeared with the title characters on a Lassie-type series with a dark secret.

Personal life[edit]

Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois, the only child of JoyBelle (née Force; 1905–1996) and Lewis Squibb (1905–1996).[2] Her mother was an avid golfer and well-known piano player who began playing for silent movies in the 1920s,[3] and later entered piano competitions, winning the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest in 1975 and 1976 [4] Her father was in the insurance business and was in the Navy during World War II.

Squibb's first husband was actor Edward Sostek, the two divorced. She is the widow of acting teacher Charles Kakatsakis (1929–1999), with whom she has one child, Harry Kakatsakis, a filmmaker best known for his short film Admissions. Squibb converted to Judaism when she married Edward Sostek in the 1950s; she still considers herself Jewish.[5][6]

When asked about ageism in show business, Squibb has stated, "Well, it’s like anything else. I always feel, rules are meant to be broken."[7][8]

Theatre[edit]

Squibb started her career in musical theatre at the St. Louis Muny and trained at the Cleveland Play House, and at the HB Studio after moving to New York City. She got her big break in New York by landing the role of Dulcie in The Boyfriend Off-Broadway in 1958. In 1959 she performed in an Off-Broadway revival of Lend an Ear starring Elizabeth Allen.[9] She made her Broadway debut in the original production of Gypsy starring Ethel Merman, taking over the role of stripper Electra in 1960. She next appeared in The Happy Time, which opened in 1968 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical. In-between these periods June also did modeling work for romance novels and did commercials.

In 1995, she appeared in the play Sacrilege on Broadway, which starred Ellen Burstyn.

June has also played many roles in national tours, regional theatre, summer stock, and off-Broadway. In 2012, she played the matriarch Stella Gordon in Dividing the Estate at the Dallas Theater Center for which she received standout reviews.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Alice Hilda
1992 Scent of a Woman Mrs. Hunsaker
1993 The Age of Innocence Mingott Maid
1997 In & Out Cousin Gretchen
1998 Meet Joe Black Helen
2002 About Schmidt Helen Schmidt
2002 Far from Heaven Elderly Woman
2003 Another Night Maid Short film
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Irma
2007 A Stranger's Heart Aunt Cass Television movie
2007 Dead Write Miss Copperfiled
2008 Just Add Water Mother
2008 Shark Swarm Bess Wilder Television movie
2008 Character Assassins N/A Short film
2008 Old Days Gertrude Short film
2010 Miss This at Your Peril Scarlett Penaranda Short film
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Mrs. Hastings
2011 The Perfect Family Mrs. Punch
2011 The Big Year Old Lady
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Irma
2012 Would You Rather Linda
2013 Nebraska Kate Grant
2014 I'll See You in My Dreams Georgina
2016 Table 19 TBA Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special Landlady Episode: "The Day the Senior Class Got Married"
1995 Law & Order Sylvia Sherman Episode: "Progeny"
1999 Law & Order Eileen De Rose Episode: "Merger"
2001 Ed Organist Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2003–2004 Judging Amy Louise Flowers 5 episodes
2003 ER Social Security Daughter Episode: "No Strings Attached"
2003 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Pebbles Episode: "Son of a Preacher Man"
2005 House Ramona Episode: "Love Hurts"
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Nun Episode: "Night of Terror"
2005 Two and a Half Men Margaret Episode: "Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop"
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Mrs. Cone Episode: "The End"
2005–2007 Ghost Whisperer Grandma 6 episodes
2006 7th Heaven Ms. Rusnak Episode: "Love and Obsession"
2007 The Bill Engvall Show Edda 2 episodes
2008 Cold Case Annette Hicks Episode: "Slipping"
2008–2009 The Young and the Restless Pearl 19 episodes
2011 Eagleheart Esther Episode: "Once in a Wattle"
2012 Castle Jamie Isaacson Episode: "Once Upon a Crime"
2012 Mike & Molly Francine Episode: "The Rehearsal"
2013–2014 Getting On Varla Pounder 2 episodes
2013 The Millers Blanche Episode: "Carol's Parents Are Coming to Town"
2014 Girls Grandma Flo Episode: "Flo"
2014 Glee Maggie Banks Episode: "Old Dog, New Tricks"
2014 Devious Maids Genevieve's Mother 2 episodes
2015–present The Jack and Triumph Show June Gregory 7 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title of work Category Result
2013 Nebraska Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
American Comedy Award for Comedy Supporting Actress - Film Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Gold Derby Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated
Guardian Film Award for Best Line of Dialogue Nominated
Guardian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society for Breakthrough Performance on Camera Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Virtuoso Award Won
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated

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