Squibb at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
June Louise Squibb|
November 6, 1929
Vandalia, Illinois, U.S.
Edward Sostek (divorced)|
Charles Kakatsakis (1929–1999; his death)
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.
Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois, the only child of JoyBelle (née Force; 1905–1996) and Lewis Squibb (1905–1996). Her mother was an avid golfer and well-known piano player who began playing for silent movies in the 1920s, and later entered piano competitions, winning the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest in 1975 and 1976. Her father was in the insurance business and served in the Navy during World War II.
Squibb's first husband was actor Edward Sostek; the two divorced. She is the widow of her second husband, acting teacher Charles Kakatsakis (1929–1999), 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.
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."
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. 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. In 2015, she was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame.
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. 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 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.
|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|
|2015||I'll See You in My Dreams||Georgina|
|2015||Love the Coopers||Aunt Fishy|
|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 (U.S. TV series)||Etta||4 episodes|
|2016||Modern Family||Auntie Alice||2 episodes|
|2016||Dream Corp, LLC||Patient 54||Episode: "The Smoking Nun"|
Awards and nominations
- "The 86th Academy Awards: 2014". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- "June Squibb Biography (1935-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- "Prize waits for Piano Player". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. April 24, 1984. p. B-3. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- "Faye Ballard". The Entertainers movie. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- 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.
- Alexander, Neta (February 28, 2014). "The Oscar Nominee Who Puts Some Joy Into Bleak America". Haaretz. Tel Aviv. (subscription required (. ))
- "Hall of Fame". Cleveland Play House. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- Gaynor, Charles (September 30, 1959). "Theatre: Lend an Ear". The Village Voice. p. 12.
- Hetrick, Adam (March 9, 2011). "June Squibb, Nance Williamson and Kurt Rhoads Will Be Dividing the Estate in Dallas". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- June Squibb at the Internet Movie Database
- June Squibb at the Internet Broadway Database
- June Squibb at the Internet Off-Broadway Database