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Overview (3)

Born in Vandalia, Illinois, USA
Birth NameJune Louise Squibb
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

June Squibb is an American actress, once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Squibb was born in 1929 in Vandalia, Illinois. Vandalia had served as the state capital of Illinois for two decades (1819-1839), but it has remained a small city since the capital was transferred to Springfield, Illinois. Internationally, its main claim of fame is being a setting for the novel "An Antarctic Mystery" (1897) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonist is from Vandalia.

Squibb's parents were Lewis Squibb (1905-1996) and his wife JoyBelle Force; (1905-1996). Lewis was an obscure figure, who worked as an insurance agent. During World War II, Lewis served in the United States Navy. JoyBelle was a well-known pianist, who provided accompanying music for silent films during the 1920s. Joybelle won the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest twice, in 1975 and 1976.

Squibb started her career as a theatrical actor, working with the Cleveland Play House. The Play House is a professional regional theater company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Squibb received additional acting lessons from the HB Studio (Herbert Berghof Studio) in Greenwhich Village, New York City. The studio was led at the time by acting teachers Herbert Berghof (1909-1990) and Uta Hagen (1919-2004).

By 1958, Squibb started performing regularly at Off-Broadway theaters in Manhattan, New York City. They had a seating capacity ranging from a 100 to 499 viewers, In 1960, Squibb made her Broadway debut in a production of the musical play "Gypsy" (1959) by Arthur Laurents (1917-2011). The play was loosely based on the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970). Squibb was cast in the role of Electra, a fellow striptease artist.

While continuing her acting career through the 1960s, Squibb also worked as a model for romance novel and as a character actor for commercials.

In 1990, the 61-year-old Squibb made her film debut in the romantic fantasy "Alice". During the 1990s, Squibb regularly appeared in small roles in various theatrical films. Among them were the drama film "Scent of a Woman" (1992), the historical drama "The Age of Innocence" (1993), the romantic comedy "In & Out" (1997), and the romantic fantasy "Meet Joe Black" (1998).

In 2002, Squibb had a more memorable role in the comedy-drama film "About Schmidt" , cast in the role of Helen Schmidt. In the film, Helen is the wife of protagonist Warren Schmidt (played by Jack Nicholson). They have been long alienated from each other, while still living together by force of habit. After Warren's mandatory retirement from a life insurance company, they plan to travel together in a motor home but Helen suddenly dies from a blood clot in her brain. The film deals with Warren's frustration and loneliness, following the ends of both his career and his marriage. And his reaction when he finds out from old love letters that Helen had an extramarital affair during their marriage.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dimos I

Spouse (2)

Edward Leon Sostek (1953 - 1959) ( divorced)
Charles Kakatsakis (? - 10 July 1999) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

Daughter of Lewis (1905-1996), an insurance salesman, and Joybelle (née Force) Squibb (1905-1996), a pianist for silent movies in the 1920s. Both were born and raised in the state of Illinois and died two months apart.
Gave birth to her only child at age 40, a son Harry Kakatsakis on March 17, 1970. Child's father was her 2nd husband, Charles Kakatsakis.
Theater actress whose career has ranged from Broadway and Off-Broadway to regional, road trip, cruise ship and USO tour stage work. She has taught acting and workshops extensively in her career. She didn't pursue a career in front of the camera until into her 60s.
Close friend of Margo Martindale. The two were neighbors for 30 years and it was Martindale who approached Squibb about pursuing the role in Nebraska (2013), that would lead to her Oscar nomination, after Martindale had read the script and loved the part but, at age 62, was too young for the role.
Even though she had worked with director Alexander Payne in About Schmidt (2002) over 10 years before, Payne initially rejected Squibb for her starring role in Nebraska (2013) because he didn't see her as Kate. Eventually, Payne did allow Squibb to audition on video, doing one assigned scene two ways, and it won her the job.
Was an only child who always wanted to be an actress, though she still can't explain why that was.
Her first husband was an actor and her second, the late Charles Kakatsakis, was her acting teacher.
She converted to Judaism in the 1950s.
She was inducted into the 2014 Cleveland Playhouse Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2015, she said her favorite TV show was Game of Thrones (2011). She also said she'd love to play a character on it and would like her character to be killed off with a sword.
Maternal granddaughter of Edward (1872-?) and Venna (née Davidson) Force (1880-1967). Both were born and raised in the state of Illinois.

Personal Quotes (3)

[re late husband Charles Kakatsakis] He taught me how to work. I don't mean physically labor. I mean delivering what is needed in a part when it is needed. You can't just depend on instinct; it might not show up when you need it.
[re nominations for Nebraska (2013)] I'm a little overwhelmed. So lucky...This woman came running up to me at the grocery store and said, 'Can I hug you?' And then she gave me a kiss on the cheek. Right there in the checkout line at Gelson's!
Margo [Martindale] said, 'I have this great script, but I'm too young for it, and, oh, my God, June, you're perfect for it'. She was right about the script being good. My mouth just hung open as I read it.

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