Cara Buono

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Cara Buono
Born(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 40)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm, stage actress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Peter Thum
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Cara Buono
Born(1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 40)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm, stage actress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Peter Thum

Cara Buono (born March 1, 1974) is an American actress, screenwriter and director, known for her role as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men. She is of Italian descent.[1]

Early life[edit]

Buono was born and raised in the The Bronx, New York City, New York, in a blue-collar family[2] with four brothers.[3] She made her acting debut in Harvey Fierstein's play Spook House.[citation needed]

Buono attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School[4] and is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University with a double major in English and political science. She earned her degree in three years.[5]


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.[citation needed] She co-wrote the screenplay When the Cat's Away with Brad Anderson[disambiguation needed] and sold a pitch to Miramax for a screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.[citation needed]

She starred in the final season of the NBC drama Third Watch (1999) as paramedic Grace Foster, and Ang Lee's first Hulk movie from marvel comics 2003 as Rebecca Banner (whose name was changed to Edith for the film), the mother of Bruce Banner the Hulk.

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,[6] for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.[7]

Personal life[edit]

As of August 2010, Buono lives in New York City's Greenwich Village with her husband, Ethos Water founder Peter Thum.[3]



1992WaterlandJudy Dobson
1994Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy WayTeresa Salazar
1995Killer: A Journal of MurderEsther Lesser
1995Kicking and ScreamingKate
1997Made MenToni-Ann Antonelli
1998Next Stop WonderlandJulie
1998River RedRachel
1999Man of the CenturyVirginia Clemens
1999Two NinasNina Cohen
1999Chutney PopcornJanis
2000Happy AccidentsBette
2000TakedownChristina Painter
2000Attention ShoppersClaire Suarez
2003HulkEdith Banner
2004From Other WorldsJoanne Schwartzbaum
2006Artie Lange's Beer LeagueLinda Salvo
2007CthulhuDannie Marsh
2010BetrayedAmy WaiteShort film
2010StuffMadelineShort film
2012Discoverers, TheThe DiscoverersNell
2014A Good MarriageBetty Pike
2014Half the Perfect WorldSoniaCompleted
2015Paper TownsFilming


1989Dream StreetJoannEpisodes: "Pilot", "Money for Nothing"
1991CBS Schoolbreak SpecialAbby MorrisEpisode: "Abby, My Love"
1992I'll Fly AwayDianeEpisodes: "Cool Winter Blues", "The Way Things Are", "Slow Coming Dark"
1993TribecaRose PolitoEpisode: "The Hopeless Romantic"
1993Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr StoryTracey LienTV film
1995Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyChristieEpisode: "Tennis"
1996New York UndercoverConnieEpisode: "A Time to Kill"
1996Law & OrderShelly TaggertEpisode: "Girlfriends"
1998Law & OrderAlice SimonelliEpisode: "Punk"
1999Deep in My HeartYoung Gerry CumminsTV film
2001Family LawCarly HansonEpisode: "Intentions"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentCharlotte FieldingEpisode: "Phantom"
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTracy LoganEpisode: "Chasing the Bus"
2002Mafia: The City of Lost HeavenSarah (voice)Video game
2003Miss MatchMichelle SchiffEpisode: "The Love Bandit"
2004Six Months to LiveAliceEpisode: "1.1"
2004-2005Third WatchGrace FosterMain role (24 episodes)
2006-2007Sopranos, TheThe SopranosKelli MoltisantiRecurring role (7 episodes)
2007Law & OrderAttorney ShannonEpisode: "Melting Pot"
2007Queens SupremeBettina MartinelliEpisode: "That Voodoo That You Do"
2007Dead Zone, TheThe Dead ZoneSheriff Anna TurnerRecurring role (6 episodes)
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRachel ZelinskyEpisode: "Unorthodox"
2008Unquiet, TheThe UnquietJulie BishopTV film
2009ERLisa SalamunovichEpisode: "And in the End..."
2009NCISNavy Comm. Sarah ResnikEpisode: "Power Down"
2010Mad MenFaye MillerRegular role (10 episodes)
2011Brothers & SistersRoseEpisodes: "Safe at Home", "The One That Got Away", "Brody"
2011Hawaii Five-0Agent Allison MarshEpisode: "Ho'opa'i"
2011Gifted Man, AA Gifted ManCarol GordanEpisode: "In Case of Discomfort"
2012Drew Peterson: UntouchableKathleen SavioTV film
2013CastleSiobhan O'DoulEpisode: "The Wild Rover"
2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeCharlene PetersonEpisode: "A More Perfect Union"
2014Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie DiariesPennyEpisode: "Hungry Like the Wolf"
2014ElementarySarah CushingEpisode: "Ears to You"
2014Person of InterestMartine RousseauEpisode: "Panopticon", "Prophets", "Point of Origin", "The Devil You Know", "The Cold War"


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  2. ^ Watkins, Gwynne (September 20, 2010). "Mad Men’s Cara Buono on Her Character Faye’s Affair With Don Draper". New York. Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Freydkin, Donna (August 30, 2010). "Cara Buono shares cooking tips but no 'Mad Men' secrets". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. 
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  5. ^ "A NIGHT OUT WITH -- Cara Buono; Mrs. Wiseguy" April 8, 2007, New York Times
  6. ^ Hochberg, Mina (27 September 2010). Q&A with Cara Buono.
  7. ^ 2011 Outstanding Guest Actress Nominees in a Drama Series

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