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 films like 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]

Personal life[edit]

Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois, the only child of JoyBelle M. (née Force; 1905–1996) and Lewis C. 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 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, a transformational tale about what it takes to find lasting peace, starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. 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 Director Notes
1990 Alice Hilda Woody Allen
1992 Scent of a Woman Mrs. Hunsaker Martin Brest
1993 The Age of Innocence Mingott Maid Martin Scorsese
1997 In & Out Cousin Gretchen Frank Oz
1998 Meet Joe Black Helen Martin Brest
2002 About Schmidt Helen Schmidt Alexander Payne
Far from Heaven Elderly Woman Todd Haynes
2003 Another Night Maid Anthony Volastro Short
2007 Dead Write Miss Copperfiled Michael Connell
2008 Just Add Water Mother Hart Bochner
Character Assassins Harry Kakatsakis Short
Old Days Gertrude Matthew Shapiro Short
2010 Miss This at Your Peril Scarlett Penaranda Brent King Short
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Mrs. Hastings Paul Johansson
The Perfect Family Mrs. Punch Anne Renton
The Big Year Old Lady David Frankel
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Irma Elia Petridis
Would You Rather Linda David Guy Levy
2013 Nebraska Kate Grant Alexander Payne
2014 I'll See You in My Dreams Georgina Brett Haley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1995 Law & Order Sylvia Sherman 1 episode ("Progeny")
1999 Law & Order Eileen De Rose 1 episode ("Merger")
2001 Ed Organist 1 episode ("Valentine's Day")
2005 House Ramona 1 episode ("Love Hurts")
The Bernie Mac Show Nun 1 episode ("Night of Terror")
Two and a Half Men Margaret 1 episode ("Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop")
Curb Your Enthusiasm Mrs. Cone 1 episode ("The End")
Ghost Whisperer Grandma 6 episodes
2003 ER Social Security Daughter 1 episode ("No Strings Attached")
Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Pebbles 1 episode ("Son of a Preacher Man")
Judging Amy Louise Flowers 5 episodes
2006 7th Heaven Ms. Rusnak 1 episode ("Love and Obsession")
2007 A Stranger's Heart Aunt Cass Andy Wolk TV Movie
The Bill Engvall Show Edda 2 episodes
2008 Shark Swarm Bess Wilder James A. Contner TV Movie
Cold Case Annette Hicks 1 episode ("Slipping")
The Young and the Restless Pearl 23 episodes
2011 Eagleheart Esther 1 episode ("Once in a Wattle")
2012 Castle Jamie Isaacson 1 episode ("Once Upon a Crime")
Mike & Molly Francine 1 episode ("The Rehearsal")
2013 Getting On Varla Pounder 2 episodes
The Millers Blanche 1 episode ("Carol's Parents Are Coming to Town")
2014 Girls Grandma Flo Richard Shepard 1 episode ("Flo")
Glee Maggie Banks 1 episode ("Old Dog, New Tricks")
Devious Maids Genevieve's Mother 2 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
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
Central Ohio 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
North Carolina Film Critics Association 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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