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      Cara Buono

      Cara Buono

      Highest Rated: 95% All Saints (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Cowboy Way (1994)

      Birthday: Mar 1, 1974

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      Born March 1, 1971 in The Bronx, New York, Buono was raised in a blue-collar family and decided at an early age to make acting her life's ambition. At 12, she showed her connection to her family's work ethic by answering a casting call ad for Harvey Fierstein's "Spookhouse" and landing the role without any assistance from her family or other adults. Buono began landing roles on television and the New York stage while in her teens and early twenties, and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination as a young victim of sexual abuse in "Abby, My Love" (CBS, 1991), which aired as part of the "CBS Schoolbreak Special." She soon graduated to minor roles in Stephen Gyllenhaal's "Waterland" (1992), with Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke; as an illegal immigrant in "The Cowboy Way" (1994) with Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland; and in Noam Baumbach's much-loved indie comedy "Kicking and Screaming" (1994), which reunited her with his "Abby, My Love" co-star, Josh Hamilton. While cultivating her acting career, Buono also graduated from Columbia University with a double major in English and political science in 1993, which she earned in just three years. After graduation, Buono concentrated largely on character roles in independent films and on television. She was the wife and confidante of prison guard Robert Sean Leonard, who served as an earpiece for monstrous 1930s criminal Carl Panzram (James Woods) in "Killer: A Journal of Murder" (1996), before playing an accident-prone opera singer in love with a young man (Gibson Frazier) with Jazz Era affectations in the offbeat "Man of the Century" (1999). She soon added behind-the-camera credits to her expanding resume, including a stint as director on the short "Baggage" (1997) with Liev Schreiber and Minnie Driver, and served as co-producer and star of the comedy "Two Ninas" (1999), about a pair of similarly monikered women (Buono and Amanda Peet) who fell for a very unlucky man. Buono's screen credits grew more obscure at the launch of the new millennium - few outside of art house and film festival circles saw the lesbian drama "Chutney Popcorn" (1999), "Attention Shoppers" (2000) or "Happy Accidents" (2000) with Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio. She soon turned to television for wider exposure, and earned it through supporting roles on high profile series like "Third Watch" and "The Sopranos." In the former, she played paramedic Grace Foster, whose hard exterior held in a troubled childhood with an addict mother, while in the latter, she was Kelli Moltisanti, wife to Michael Imperioli's troubled mobster Christopher Moltisanti. A dutiful wife and mother during the early years of their relationship, she soon suffered the same fate as many mob spouses: betrayed by her philandering husband, terrified by his violent business partners, and ultimately left alone after his murder by his own cousin, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). In 2007, she joined the cast of the cult favorite "The Dead Zone" (USA, 2002-2007) as Sheriff Anna Turner, who investigated the death of her predecessor (Chris Bruno). During this period, Buono maintained her screen career in features as varied as Ang Lee's "Hulk" (2003), playing David Banner's mother, who was killed by his genetically induced rage, and "Beer League" (2006), and Artie Lange's hapless lay-about love interest. In 2010, she appeared as the divorced mother of Kodi Smit-McPhee in "Let Me In," the critically praised American remake of the Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In" (2008). That same year, she landed her most widely seen role to date on "Mad Men," playing Dr. Faye Miller, a cool, cerebral market research consultant who joins Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Initially resisting the advances of Don Draper (Jon Hamm), she eventually falls for his charms. Their relationship, however, foundered when she grew too close to the truth behind his secret identity, whereupon he left her emotionally crushed by impulsively marrying his younger secretary, Megan Calvert (Jessica Pare). For her efforts, Buono received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. Buono next appeared in the family comedy "The Discoverers" (2012), followed by a supporting role in the Stephen King thriller "A Good Marriage" (2014). Buono returned to television with a story arc on the procedural drama "Person of Interest" (CBS 2011-16), followed by a series regular role as suburban mother Karen Wheeler on the streaming hit "Stranger Things" (Netflix 2016- ).

      Highest rated movies

      95% All Saints 88% Let Me In
      87% Chutney Popcorn
      85% The Discoverers
      74% Next Stop Wonderland
      73% She Came from the Woods
      70% Happy Accidents
      67% Man of the Century

      Photos

      Cara Buono at arrivals for MONSTERS AND MEN Premiere, BAM Harvey Theater, New York, NY September 25, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Cara Buono at arrivals for MONSTERS AND MEN Photo Call at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON September 6, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Cara Buono at arrivals for MONSTERS AND MEN Photo Call at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON September 6, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Cara Buono at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 1, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Cara Buono at arrivals for PAPER TOWNS Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square, New York, NY July 21, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Cara Buono at arrivals for The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards - ARRIVALS 1, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA September 18, 2011. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection KICKING AND SCREAMING, Cara Buono, Chris Eigeman, 1995, (c)Trimark Pictures THE COWBOY WAY, Cara Buono, Ernie Hudson, 1994, (c)MCA Universal NEXT STOP WONDERLAND, Alan Gelfant, Cara Buono, 1998, (c)Miramax The Mysteries of Laura, Cara Buono, 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine', Season 2, Ep. #8, 11/18/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Cara Buono, 'The Mystery of the Ghost in the Machine', Season 2, Ep. #8, 11/18/2015, ©NBC ALL SAINTS, CARA BUONO, 2017. PH: JAKE GILES NETTER/© COLUMBIA PICTURES ALL SAINTS, FROM LEFT: CARA BUONO, JOHN CORBETT, 2017. PH: JAKE GILES NETTER/© COLUMBIA PICTURES ALL SAINTS, FROM LEFT: JOHN CORBETT, CARA BUONO, 2017. PH: JAKE GILES NETTER/© COLUMBIA PICTURES ALL SAINTS, FROM LEFT: CARA BUONO, JOHN CORBETT, 2017. PH: JAKE GILES NETTER/© COLUMBIA PICTURES ALL SAINTS, FRONT, FROM LEFT: NELSON LEE, CARA BUONO, JOHN CORBETT, 2017. PH: JAKE GILES NETTER/© COLUMBIA PICTURES Mad Men, Christina Hendricks (L), Elisabeth Moss (C), Cara Buono (R), 'The Beautiful Girls', Season 4, Ep. #9, 09/19/2010, ©AMC Mad Men, Cara Buono, 'The Rejected', Season 4, Ep. #4, 08/15/2010, ©AMC Mad Men, from left: Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Robert Morse, Rich Sommer, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Staton, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Cara Buono, 'Blowing Smoke', Season 4, Ep. #12, 10/10/2010, ©AMC Mad Men, Jon Hamm (L), Cara Buono (R), 'Waldorf Stories', Season 4, Ep. #6, 08/29/2010, ©AMC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 70% The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story Debra (Character) - 2023
      73% 26% She Came from the Woods Heather McCalister (Character),
      Producer
      - 2022
      95% 73% All Saints Aimée Spurlock (Character) $5.8M 2017
      No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Emily (Character) - 2015
      58% 47% Paper Towns Connie Jacobsen (Character) $31.9M 2015
      32% 20% A Good Marriage Betty Pike (Character) - 2014
      85% 54% The Discoverers Nell (Character) $36.0K 2012
      No Score Yet 44% Drew Peterson: Untouchable Kathleen Savio (Character) - 2012
      88% 76% Let Me In Owen's Mother (Character) $12.1M 2010
      62% 29% Cthulhu Dannie (Character) $15.2K 2008
      No Score Yet 0% The Unquiet Julie Bishop (Character) - 2008
      29% 58% Beer League Linda Salvo (Character) $475.0K 2006
      38% No Score Yet From Other Worlds Joanne Schwartzbaum (Character) - 2004
      63% 29% Hulk Edith Banner (Character) $132.1M 2003
      No Score Yet 55% Takedown Jane (Character) - 2000
      70% 75% Happy Accidents Bette (Character) $688.5K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybertraque Christina Painter (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 43% Attention Shoppers Unknown (Character) - 1999
      67% 77% Man of the Century Virginia Clemens (Character) $33.0K 1999
      No Score Yet 50% In a Class of His Own Sherry Donato (Character) - 1999
      87% 50% Chutney Popcorn Janis (Character) $2.3K 1999
      67% 51% Two Ninas Nina Cohen (Character) $11.0K 1999
      No Score Yet 77% Deep in My Heart Young Gerry Cummins (Character) - 1999
      74% 74% Next Stop Wonderland Julie (Character) $3.4M 1998
      No Score Yet 12% River Red Rachel (Character) $2.2K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Made Men Toni-Ann Antonelli (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 47% Killer: A Journal of Murder Esther Lesser (Character) $65.7K 1996
      57% 75% Kicking and Screaming Kate (Character) $19.5K 1995
      20% 59% The Cowboy Way Teresa Salazar (Character) $19.6M 1994
      53% 61% Waterland Judy Dobson (Character) $1.1M 1992
      31% 69% Gladiator Dawn (Character) $8.1M 1992

      TV

      Credit
      92% 90% Stranger Things Karen Wheeler (Character) 2016-2017 2019 2022
      91% 50% The Girl From Plainville Gail Carter (Character) 2022
      88% 47% Supergirl Gamenmae (Guest Star) 2021
      59% 86% God Friended Me Karen (Guest Star) 2019
      49% 63% The Romanoffs Debbie Newman (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Amaya Andrews (Guest Star) 2017
      92% 78% Person of Interest Martine Rosseau (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      95% 89% Elementary Sarah Cushing (Guest Star) 2014
      93% 91% The Good Wife Charlene Peterson (Guest Star) 2013
      82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      66% 75% A Gifted Man Carol Gordan (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 69% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Rose (Guest Star) 2011
      94% 96% Mad Men Faye Miller (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Navy Cmdr. Sarah Resnik (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% ER Lisa Salamunovich (Guest Star) 2009
      78% 82% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rachel Zelinsky (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 67% The Dead Zone Sheriff Anna Turner (Character) 2007
      92% 96% The Sopranos Kelli Lombardo (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1998 2007
      No Score Yet 72% Third Watch Officer Grace Foster (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2004-2005
      83% No Score Yet Miss Match Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tracy Logan - Eric's Girlfriend (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1995