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
Occupation Film, stage actress
Years active 1992–present

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]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Gladiator Dawn
1992 Waterland Judy Dobson
1993 Victim of Love : The Shannon Mohr Story Tracey Lien
1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way Teresa Salazar
1995 Kicking and Screaming Kate
1996 Killer: A Journal Of Murder Esther Lesser
1997 Baggage Director and Screenwriter
1998 Man of the Century Virginia Clemens
1998 Next Stop Wonderland" Julie
1999 Two Ninas Nina Cohen Actor and Associate producer
1999 Chutney Popcorn Janis
2000 Happy Accidents Bette
2000 Takedown Christina Painter
2000 Attention Shoppers Claire Suarez
2003 Hulk Rebecca "Edith" Banner
2004 From Other Worlds Joanne Schwartzbaum
2006 Beer League Linda Salvo
2007 Cthulhu Dannie
2008 Unquiet, TheThe Unquiet Julie Biship
2010 Let Me In Owen's mother
Year Title Role Notes
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Abby Morris
1996-2007 Law & Order Shelly Taggert
Alice Simonelli
Kelley Shannon
Episode "Girlfriends"
Episode "Punk"
Episode "Melting Pot"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Charlotte Fielding Episode: "Phantom"
2004–05 Third Watch Grace Foster Main cast
2007 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Sheriff Anna Turner
2006–07 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Kelli Moltisanti Recurring cast
2010–present Mad Men Dr. Faye Miller Recurring cast
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2011)
2011 Brothers & Sisters Rose Recurring cast
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Agent Allison Marsh Episode "Ho'opa'i" (Revenge)
2013 Castle Siobhan O'Doul Episode "The Wild Rover"
2014 Elementary Sarah Cushing Episode "A Mulligan for Lestrade"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven Sarah/various voices


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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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