June Squibb

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June Squibb
June Squibb at Art Directors Guild 18th Award Show.jpg
Squibb at the 2014 Art Directors Guild
June Louise Squibb

(1929-11-06) November 6, 1929 (age 93)
Years active1948–present
Edward Sostek
(m. 1953; div. 1959)

Charles Kakatsakis
(m. 1959; died 1999)

June Louise Squibb (born November 6, 1929) is an American actress. In 2013, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Nebraska.[1]

Squibb has appeared in the films Alice, In & Out, About Schmidt, Would You Rather, I'll See You in My Dreams, Other People, Table 19, Summer '03, Blow the Man Down, Palm Springs, Hubie Halloween, Godmothered, Palmer, and The Humans. She also provided voice acting roles for the animated films Ralph Breaks the Internet, Toy Story 4 and Soul.

In television, she had recurring roles on series's Ghost Whisperer, The Young and the Restless, Shameless, Good Girls, and Little Voice.

Personal life[edit]

Squibb was born in Vandalia, Illinois.[2] Her mother, JoyBelle, was a silent film pianist. Her father, Lewis, was an insurance agent.[3][4] Squibb married Edward Sostek in 1953. They divorced in 1959. Squibb married acting teacher Charles Kakatsakis. They have a son, Harry, a filmmaker whose short film is Admissions. Squibb converted to Judaism in the 1950s.[5][6] When asked about ageism in show business, she said, "Well, it's like anything else. I always feel, rules are meant to be broken."[7]


Squibb worked at The Muny and trained at HB Studio. She works at the Cleveland Play House, and starred in productions of Marseilles, The Play's the Thing, Goodbye, My Fancy, The Heiress, Detective Story, Antigone, Ladies in Retirement and Bloomer Girl. She played Dulcie in the 1958 off-Broadway The Boy Friend and starred in the 1959 Off-Broadway revival of Lend an Ear.[8] She replaced Electra for her Broadway debut in the original production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Squibb appeared in the 1968 Broadway version of The Happy Time. The musical was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical. She did modeling work for romance novels and appeared in the 1995 Broadway for Sacrilege. She played Stella Gordon in Dividing the Estate at the Dallas Theater Center and received standout reviews.[9] She played Old Josie in the 2018 Broadway production of Waitress.[10] Squibb was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, among other accolades for the film Nebraska.[11][12] She was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame.[13] She starred in the Disney+ film Godmothered.[14] She also played Vivian in the 2021 Apple TV film Palmer. In her role, she was the grandmother of Eddie Palmer which was played by Justin Timberlake.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Alice Hilda [15]
1992 Scent of a Woman Mrs. Hunsaker
1993 The Age of Innocence Delores
1997 In & Out Cousin Gretchen
1998 Meet Joe Black Helen
2002 About Schmidt Helen Schmidt
2002 Far from Heaven Bessie
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Irma
2008 Just Add Water Mother Mattie
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Mrs. Ida Hastings
2011 The Perfect Family Mrs. Punch
2011 The Big Year Doris
2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Irma
2012 Would You Rather Linda
2013 Nebraska Kate Grant Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Georgina
2015 A Country Called Home Judy
2015 Love the Coopers Aunt Fishy
2016 Other People Ruth-Anne
2017 Table 19 Jo Flanagan
2017 Amanda & Jack Go Glamping Jude
2017 Father Figures Mrs. Agnes Hunt
2018 Summer '03 Dotty Winkle
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Jimmy's Grandma Bertha Voice
2019 Blow the Man Down Susie Gallagher
2019 Toy Story 4 Margaret the Store Owner Voice
2020 Palm Springs Nana Lena Schlieffen
2020 Hubie Halloween Mrs. Estelle Dubois [16]
2020 Soul Gerel Voice[17]
2020 Godmothered Agnes
2021 Palmer Vivian Palmer
2021 The Humans Momo
Year Title Role Notes
1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special Sylvia the Landlady Episode: "The Day the Senior Class Got Married"
1995; 1999 Law & Order Sylvia Sherman / Eileen De Rose 2 episodes
2001 Ed Dr. Bernaman Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2003–2004 Judging Amy Louise Flowers 5 episodes
2003 ER Agnes Episode: "No Strings Attached"
2003 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Nora Pebbles Episode: "Son of a Preacher Man"
2005 House Ramona Episode: "Love Hurts"
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Sister Rosetta Hamillton Episode: "Night of Terror"
2005 Two and a Half Men Margaret Episode: "Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop"
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Mrs. Edie Cone Episode: "The End"
2005–2007 Ghost Whisperer Grandma Anne 6 episodes
2006 7th Heaven Ms. Bessie 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 Elizabeth II Television film
2015 Axe Cop June Esther (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 7 episodes
2016 Modern Family Auntie Alice 2 episodes
2016 Dream Corp, LLC Nora Episode: "The Smoking Nun"
2016 Clarence Rosie Randell (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"
2017 I'm Sorry Diane Episode: "Pilot"
2018 Living Biblically Mrs. Mary Jean Murphy Episode: "Pilot"
2018–2019 Good Girls Marion Peterson 7 episodes
2019 The Good Doctor Ida Guelph Episode: "Trampoline"
2019 Room 104 Jean Episode: "Crossroads"
2020 Solar Opposites Ruth (voice) Episode: "The Unstable Grey Hole"
2020 Little Voice Mrs. Esther Finch 5 episodes
2020–2021 The Fungies! Granny Tullabett Grancie (voice) 11 episodes
2021–2022 Little Ellen Gramsy (voice) 8 episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oldest Supporting Actress Winners, Oscars.org accessed 3/6/2022
  2. ^ "Oldest/youngest acting nominees and winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  3. ^ Dobbins, Amanda. "June Squibb on Girls, Mystery Novels, and Finally Taking a Vacation". vulture.com. Vox Media, LLC. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ June Squibb: 5 Things You Don’t Know About the Nebraska Oscar Nominee - US Weekly
  5. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (February 18, 2014). "June Squibb's just deserts: A Hollywood vet's Oscar debut". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Alexander, Neta (February 28, 2014). "The Oscar Nominee Who Puts Some Joy Into Bleak America". Haaretz. Tel Aviv.
  7. ^ Bizio, Silvia (January 7, 2014). "June Squibb (Nebraska)".
  8. ^ Gaynor, Charles (September 30, 1959). "Theatre: Lend an Ear". The Village Voice. p. 12.
  9. ^ 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 February 5, 2016.
  10. ^ June Squibb Broadway Waitress Playbill.com accessed 11/27/2020
  11. ^ "The 86th Academy Awards: 2014". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress-Oscars on YouTube
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame". Cleveland Play House. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "June Squibb: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Felperin, Leslie (October 11, 2020). "'Soul': Film Review | London 2020". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 11, 2020.

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