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Casting Watch: June Squibb of 'Nebraska' Set to Play Lena Dunham's Granny on 'Girls'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2013 at 2:43PM

82-year-old June Squibb, who plays the rollicking foul-mouthed wife of Bruce Dern in "Nebraska" (and, like Dern, is earning awards buzz for her performance), will next play Lena Dunham's grandma on "Girls."
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June Squibb in still from "Nebraska" trailer
June Squibb in still from "Nebraska" trailer

82-year-old June Squibb, who plays the rollicking foul-mouthed wife of Bruce Dern in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" (and, like Dern, is earning awards buzz for her performance), will next play Lena Dunham's grandma on "Girls."

We haven't seen much yet from the HBO series' third season, except an Instagrammed behind-the-scenes peek from the production, set to air in January. If Squibb's turn in "Nebraska" is any indication, she'll fit right in to the off-kilter world of Hannah Horvath.

Squibb's previous credits include Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence," Payne's "About Schmidt" and Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven"; her first screen role was in Woody Allen's "Alice" in 1990.

Check out the trailer for "Nebraska," which hits theaters November 22, here; our TOH! review here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.