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
Spouse(s)Edward Sostek (divorced)
Charles Kakatsakis (?-1999; widowed; 1 child)
 
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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
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]

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1990AliceHildaWoody Allen
1992Scent of a WomanMrs. HunsakerMartin Brest
1993The Age of InnocenceMingott MaidMartin Scorsese
1997In & OutCousin GretchenFrank Oz
1998Meet Joe BlackHelenMartin Brest
2002About SchmidtHelen SchmidtAlexander Payne
Far from HeavenElderly WomanTodd Haynes
2003Another NightMaidAnthony VolastroShort
2007Dead WriteMiss CopperfiledMichael Connell
2008Just Add WaterMotherHart Bochner
Character AssassinsHarry KakatsakisShort
Old DaysGertrudeMatthew ShapiroShort
2010Miss This at Your PerilScarlett PenarandaBrent KingShort
2011Atlas Shrugged: Part IMrs. HastingsPaul Johansson
The Perfect FamilyMrs. PunchAnne Renton
The Big YearOld LadyDavid Frankel
2012The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente FernandezIrmaElia Petridis
Would You RatherLindaDavid Guy Levy
2013NebraskaKate GrantAlexander Payne
2014I'll See You in My DreamsGeorginaBrett Haley

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1995Law & OrderSylvia Sherman1 Episode ("Progeny")
1999Law & OrderEileen De Rose1 Episode ("Merger")
2001EdOrganist1 Episode ("Valentine's Day")
2005HouseRamona1 Episode ("Love Hurts")
The Bernie Mac ShowNun1 Episode ("Night of Terror")
Two and a Half MenMargaret1 Episode ("Sleep Tight, Puddin' Pop")
Curb Your EnthusiasmMrs. Cone1 Episode ("The End")
Ghost WhispererGrandma6 Episodes
2003ERSocial Security Daughter1 Episode ("No Strings Attached")
Just Shoot Me!Mrs. Pebbles1 Episode ("Son of a Preacher Man")
Judging AmyLouise Flowers5 Episodes
20067th HeavenMs. Rusnak1 Episode ("Love and Obsession")
2007A Stranger's HeartAunt CassAndy WolkTV Movie
The Bill Engvall ShowEdda2 Episodes
2008Shark SwarmBess WilderJames A. ContnerTV Movie
Cold CaseAnnette Hicks1 Episode ("Slipping")
The Young and the RestlessPearl23 Episodes
2011EagleheartEsther1 Episode ("Once in a Wattle")
2012CastleJamie Isaacson1 Episode ("Once Upon a Crime")
Mike & MollyFrancine1 Episode ("The Rehearsal")
2013Getting OnVarla Pounder1 Episode ("If You're Going to San Francisco")
The MillersBlanche1 Episode ("Carol's Parents Are Coming to Town")
2014GirlsGrandma FloRichard Shepard1 Episode ("Flo")
GleeMaggie Banks1 Episode ("Old Dog, New Tricks")
Devious MaidsGenevieve's Mother2 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearTitle of workCategoryResult
2013NebraskaAcademy Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble CastNominated
American Comedy Award for Comedy Supporting Actress - FilmNominated
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActressWon
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best CastWon
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best EnsembleNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Gold Derby Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion PictureNominated
Guardian Film Award for Best Line of DialogueNominated
Guardian Film Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting FemaleNominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the YearNominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society for Breakthrough Performance on CameraNominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Virtuoso AwardWon
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion PictureWon
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion PictureWon
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated

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