Cara Buono

Cara Buono

Born: March 1, 1971
Age: 47
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
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Cara Buono (born March 1, 1971) is an American actress, screenwriter and director best known for her roles as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men, Kelli Moltisanti in the sixth season of The Sopranos, Linda Salvo in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange's Beer League, and Karen Wheeler in the 2016 horror sci-fi Netflix original series Stranger Things. She has appeared in such films as Hulk (2003) and Let Me In (2010).


Early life

Buono was born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, New York, in a blue-collar family with two brothers and a sister. She is of Italian descent.

Buono attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University with a double major in English and political science. She earned her degree in three years. She made her acting debut in Harvey Fierstein's play Spook House.


Buono continued stage work both on Broadway and Off Broadway, and started her film career opposite Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons in Waterland (1992). Much of her work has been in indie films such as Chutney Popcorn (1999), Happy Accidents (2000), Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Two Ninas (1999), which she co-produced. In 1999, she played a small role as a young Gerry Cummins in the TV movie, Deep in My Heart (1999).

Buono has directed, produced and written films, including the short film Baggage (1997), which starred Liev Schreiber. She co-wrote the screenplay When the Cat's Away with Brad Anderson and sold a pitch to Miramax for a screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.

She starred in the final season of the NBC drama Third Watch (1999) as paramedic Grace Foster, and Ang Lee's adaptation of Marvel Comics' Hulk in 2003 as the mother of the title character's alter ego, Bruce Banner.

She also appeared as Kelli, the wife of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), in the two-part final season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos, which aired in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, she appeared as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.

Personal life

As of August 2010, Buono lives in New York City's Greenwich Village with her husband Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Gladiator Dawn
1992 Waterland Judy Dobson
1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way Teresa Salazar
1995 Killer: A Journal of Murder Esther Lesser
1995 Kicking and Screaming Kate
1997 Made Men Toni-Ann Antonelli
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Julie
1998 River Red Rachel
1999 Man of the Century Virginia Clemens
1999 Two Ninas Nina Cohen
1999 Chutney Popcorn Janis
2000 Happy Accidents Bette
2000 Takedown Christina Painter
2000 Attention Shoppers Claire Suarez
2003 Hulk Edith Banner
2004 From Other Worlds Joanne Schwartzbaum
2006 Artie Lange's Beer League Linda Salvo
2007 Cthulhu Dannie Marsh
2010 Betrayed Amy Waite Short film
2010 Stuff Madeline Short film
2010 Let Me In Owen's mother
2012 The Discoverers Nell
2014 A Good Marriage Betty Pike
2015 Paper Towns Connie Jacobsen
2015 Half the Perfect World Sonia

Television films

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story Tracey Lien
1999 Deep in My Heart Young Gerry Cummins
2008 Unquiet, TheThe Unquiet Julie Bishop
2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable Kathleen Savio

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Dream Street Joann 2 episodes
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Abby Morris Episode: "Abby, My Love"
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
1992 I'll Fly Away Diane 3 episodes
1993 Tribeca Rose Polito Episode: "The Hopeless Romantic"
1995 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Christie Episode: "Tennis"
1996 New York Undercover Connie Episode: "A Time to Kill"
1996 Law & Order Shelly Taggert Episode: "Girlfriends"
1998 Law & Order Alice Simonelli Episode: "Punk"
2001 Family Law Carly Hanson Episode: "Intentions"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Charlotte Fielding Episode: "Phantom"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tracy Logan Episode: "Chasing the Bus"
2003 Miss Match Michelle Schiff Episode: "The Love Bandit"
2004 Six Months to Live Alice Episode: "1.1"
2004-05 Third Watch Grace Foster 22 episodes
2006-07 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Kelli Moltisanti 7 episodes
2007 Law & Order Attorney Shannon Episode: "Melting Pot"
2007 Queens Supreme Bettina Martinelli Episode: "That Voodoo That You Do"
2007 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Sheriff Anna Turner 6 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rachel Zelinsky Episode: "Unorthodox"
2009 ER Lisa Salamunovich Episode: "And in the End..."
2009 NCIS Navy Cdr. Sarah Resnik Episode: "Power Down"
2010 Mad Men Faye Miller 10 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011 Brothers & Sisters Rose 3 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Agent Allison Marsh Episode: "Ho'opa'i"
2011 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Carol Gordan Episode: "In Case of Discomfort"
2013 Castle Siobhan O'Doul Episode: "The Wild Rover"
2013 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Charlene Peterson Episode: "A More Perfect Union"
2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Penny Episode: "Hungry Like the Wolf"
2014 Elementary Sarah Cushing Episode: "Ears to You"
2014-15 Person of Interest Martine Rousseau 8 episodes
2016-present Stranger Things Karen Wheeler 8 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Anna Copeland Episode: "Leland Bray"

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mafia Sarah Angelo (voice)

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