June Squibb

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June Squibb
June Squibb Cannes 2013.jpg
BornJune Louise Squibb
(1929-11-06) November 6, 1929 (age 84)
Vandalia, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1958–present
 
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June Squibb
June Squibb Cannes 2013.jpg
BornJune Louise Squibb
(1929-11-06) November 6, 1929 (age 84)
Vandalia, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1958–present

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 in television series such as Ghost Whisperer and on Broadway, including performing in the original production of Gypsy. She played the wife of Jack Nicholson's character in Alexander Payne's film About Schmidt, and the wife of Bruce Dern's character in Payne's Nebraska, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Squibb will also join the cast of Girls, playing the grandmother of Hannah Horvath.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois, the only child of JoyBelle (née Force) Squibb (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. June is the widow of renowned acting teacher Charles Kakatsakis (1929–1999) (his parents were immigrants from Greece), 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. June started her career in musical theatre in St. Louis, and trained at the Cleveland Play House, and also trained at the HB Studio after moving to New York City. When asked about ageism in show business, June commented "...Well, it’s like anything else. I always feel, rules are meant to be broken."[5][6]

Theatre[edit]

June 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.[7] 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 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. [8]

Film[edit]

June made her film debut as Hilda in the 1990 Woody Allen film Alice, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She followed this in 1992 with Best Picture nominated Scent of a Woman starring Al Pacino. She then appeared in The Age of Innocence (1993), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Her next films came with In & Out (1997), starring Joan Cusack and Kevin Kline, and 1998's Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt. In 2002, June played supporting roles in Far from Heaven starring Julianne Moore, and in About Schmidt, as the wife of Jack Nicholson. In 2004 she appeared in Welcome to Mooseport starring Gene Hackman, and in 2008 Just Add Water. In 2011 she appeared in The Perfect Family starring Kathleen Turner, and in The Big Year. She played Bruce Dern's character's wife and Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk's characters' mother in 2013's Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne.

Television[edit]

In 2008–2009 June appeared in many episodes of The Young and the Restless. She played the grandmother of Jennifer Love Hewitt in several episodes of Ghost Whisperer. June has guest starred on many series over the years including Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, Castle, House, ER, Cold Case, and Judging Amy.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
2013Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Supporting ActressNebraskaWon
2013Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Ensemble CastNebraskaWon
2013Chicago Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNebraskaPending
2013Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressNebraskaNominated
2013Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureNebraskaPending
2013Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleNebraskaPending
2013Los Angeles Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNebraskaNominated
2013Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNebraskaPending
2013Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBreakthrough Performance on CameraNebraskaPending
2013Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureNebraskaPending
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNebraskaPending
2013St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNebraskaPending
2013Washington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressNebraskaNominated

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