American actress Cara Buono, Early Life, Education, Career, Personal Life

Published Date   03rd Jan. 2018, 15:50 pm
American actress Cara Buono, Early Life, Education, Career, Personal Life
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Birth Name: Cara Buono
Date of Birth: 01/03/1974
Age: 48 years old
Nationality: American
Qualification: Double major in English and Political Science

American actress Cara Buono is born on 1st March 1974. She is also a screenwriter and director.  She is best known for her role in the fourth season of AMC’s Mad Men as Dr. Faye Miller. She is also well- received for her other characters as Kelli Moltisanti in the sixth season of HBO’s The Sopranos, Linda Salvo in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange’s Beer League and Karen Wheeler in Netflix original Stranger Things.


Cara is associated with Ethos Water founder Peter Thum. They are currently staying in Greenwich Village, New York as of August 2010. Now, she is involved in the television series The Blacklist: Redemption and the Bull. She played a role of Anna Copeland in The Blacklist Redemption and Amaya Andrews in Bull.

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. She turned into an acting career path that would later lead not only to starring roles but also to screenwriting and directing.

With zero help from her dear friends, family or mentors, she went out on her own following her dreams, picked up a trade paper, saw an ad for a casting call and sneaked into an audition.


Buono went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and is a graduate of Columbia University along with a double major in English and also the political science of 1995.

She earned her total degree in three years time.  Despite having zero experience, she got an opportunity to make her acting debut in Harvey Fierstein’s play Spook House.


Buono continued stage work both on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and she started her film career opposite to Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons in Waterland in the year 1992.

Much of her work has been recognized in indie films namely Chutney Popcorn (1999), Happy Accidents (2000), Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Two Ninas (1999), which she co-produced.

American actress Cara Buono
Cara Buono, Nisha Ganatra and Jill Hennessy in film, Chutney popcorn

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In the year 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.

American actress Cara Buono did star 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.

Cara Buono in Third Watch
Cara Buono in Third Watch

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She did appear in the two-part final season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos, which aired in 2006 and 2007 as Kelli, the wife of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Additionally, she also appears Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men.

Cara Buono blonde in Mad Men
Cara Buono blonde in Mad Men

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She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. She also portrayed role of Edith Banner in movie, Hulk.

Personal life

As of August 2010, American actress Cara Buono lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village with her husband Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water, and their daughter.

Cara Buono with her husband Peter Thum
Cara Buono with her husband Peter Thum

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