|Date of Birth||November 6, 1929|
|Origin||Vandalia, Illinois, USA|
Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois, the only child of JoyBelle M. (née Force; 1905–1996) and Lewis C. 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 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) (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. 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. 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.
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.
June appeared in Driving Miss Daisy, at the Dallas Theater Center in October 2014, played the role of Daisy Werthan.
Squibb has been also featured in a lot of film and television projects, like The Young and the Restless, Glee, Judging Amy, Ghost Whisperer, Nebraska and The Project Family. In 2014, she has been cast on Devious Maids.
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