Produced in Illinois in 1929, June Squibb always knew she desired to be an actress. In the ’90s, Squibb began working in movie. More characters soon followed, including Alexander Payne’s About Schmidt (2002. More than a decade after, Squibb reunited with Payne for Nebraska (2013), her most critically acclaimed performance to date.
Produced on November 6, 1929, in Vandalia, Illinois, June Squibb continues to be an actress for more than 60 years. She decided she wished to be a performer for an early age. As she described to the La Times, “I do not understand what did it. Definitely not my family, or [growing up in] that area of the state … I thought of myself as being on stage.” In the late 1950s, Squibb got among her first leading theatre characters off Broadway. In the this production, on the basis of the life span of Gypsy Rose Lee, Squibb played a stripper named Electra.
After long career in the theatre, Squibb made the move to the big screen. She made her debut in a modest part in Alice (1990), directed by Woody Allen. Additionally in 2002, she had a supporting character in About Schmidt, her first job with director Alexander Payne. Squibb plays the wife of Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) who dies unexpectedly early in the movie.
Squibb also worked a lot in television, including getting recurring character on Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt. But it was her next Alexander Payne movie that truly raised her profile in the entertainment industry. She plays Kate Grant in the critically acclaimed play Nebraska. Her character is the exasperated wife of Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) who appears to be losing his facilities.
Squibb and Dern proved to be a powerful pair on screen with both of them receiving a warm reception from critics because of their work in the picture. The movie ‘s success also opened new doors for the performer professionally: Around this time, she got a multi-episode part on the hit cable show Girls, playing the grandma of Lena Dunham’s character.