June Squibb

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June Squibb
June Squibb Cannes 2013.jpg
Born June Louise Squibb
(1929-11-06) November 6, 1929 (age 87)
Vandalia, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Edward Sostek (1953–1959)
Charles Kakatsakis (?–1999)
Children 1

June Louise Squibb (born November 6, 1929) is an American actress. She played supporting characters in various films, such as Alice, Scent of a Woman, The Age of Innocence, In & Out and Far from Heaven. Squibb appeared on Broadway for the original production of Gypsy. She also starred in two Alexander Payne films, including About Schmidt and Nebraska, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1]

Early 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 films in the 1920s, and later entered piano competitions, winning the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest in 1975 and 1976.[3][4] Her father was in the insurance business and served in the Navy during World War II.

Career[edit]

Squibb began 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. While at the Cleveland Play House in the 1950s, she performed in productions of Marseilles, The Play’s the Thing, Goodbye, My Fancy, The Heiress, Detective Story, Antigone, Ladies in Retirement and Bloomer Girl.

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.[5] 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. Squibb 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.[6] In 2015, she was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame.[7]

Squibb was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Alexander Payne's Nebraska.

Personal life[edit]

Squibb's first husband was actor Edward Sostek; the two divorced. She is the widow of her second husband, acting teacher Charles Kakatsakis (1959–1999), 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.[8][9]

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."[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 Dead Write Miss Copperfiled
2008 Just Add Water Mother
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
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Georgina
2015 Love the Coopers Aunt Fishy
2016 Other People Ruth-Anne
2017 Table 19 Jo Flanagan
2017 Father Figures Post-production

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
2007 A Stranger's Heart Aunt Cass Television film
2008 Cold Case Annette Hicks Episode: "Slipping"
2008 Shark Swarm Bess Wilder Television film
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"
2013–2015 Getting On Varla Pounder 3 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 Velma Mudge 2 episodes
2015 The Jack and Triumph Show June Gregory 7 episodes
2015 7 Days in Hell Queen Elizabeth Television film
2015 Axe Cop Tutukaka Female (voice) Episode: "The Ultimate Mate"
2015 Wander Over Yonder Stella Starbella (voice) Episode: "The Loose Screw"
2015 Mom Dottie Episode: "Terrorists and Gingerbread"
2015 Code Black Dorothy Episode: "Buen Árbol"
2016 The Big Bang Theory Constance, Sheldon's 'Meemaw' Episode: "The Meemaw Materialization"
2016 Shameless Etta 6 episodes
2016 Modern Family Auntie Alice 2 episodes
2016 Dream Corp, LLC Patient 54 Episode: "The Smoking Nun"
2016 Clarence Rosie Voice
Episode: "Cloris"
2017 Bones Barbara Baker Episode: "The Final Chapter: The New Tricks in the Old Dogs"
2017 Grey's Anatomy Elsie Clatch Episode: "Til I Hear It From You"

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 86th Academy Awards: 2014". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  2. ^ "June Squibb Biography (1935-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Prize waits for Piano Player". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. April 24, 1984. p. B-3. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Faye Ballard". The Entertainers movie. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  5. ^ Gaynor, Charles (September 30, 1959). "Theatre: Lend an Ear". The Village Voice. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam (March 9, 2011). "June Squibb, Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads Will Be Dividing the Estate in Dallas". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame". Cleveland Play House. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  8. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (February 18, 2014). "June Squibb’s just deserts: A Hollywood vet’s Oscar debut". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  9. ^ Alexander, Neta (February 28, 2014). "The Oscar Nominee Who Puts Some Joy Into Bleak America". Haaretz. Tel Aviv. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Bizio, Silvia (January 7, 2014). "June Squibb (Nebraska)". 

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