Cara Buono

American actress

Cara Buono is an American actress. She is 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 horror sci-fi Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present). She has appeared in films including Hulk (2003) and Let Me In (2010).


Early life and education

Buono was born and raised in the Bronx in a blue-collar family of Italian descent. She has two brothers and a sister.[1][2][3]

Buono attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School[4] and graduated from Columbia University where she was a double major in English and political science. She earned her degree in three years.[5] She made her acting debut in Harvey Fierstein‘s play Spookhouse at the age of 12.[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).

She starred in the final season of the NBC drama Third Watch (1999) as paramedic Grace Foster, and Ang Lee’s adaptation of Marvel ComicsHulk 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,[6] for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.[7]

Personal life

Buono lives in New York City‘s Greenwich Village with her husband Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water,[2] and their daughter.[8]



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  • ^ 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.
  • ^ “Cara Buono”. Vogue Italy.
  • ^ “LaGuardia Arts Alumni”. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.
  • ^ a b “A NIGHT OUT WITH — Cara Buono; Mrs. Wisguy”. The New York Times. April 8, 2007.
  • ^ Hochberg, Mina (September 27, 2010). Q&A with Cara Buono Archived September 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  • ^ 2011 Outstanding Guest Actress Nominees in a Drama Series
  • ^ Cara Buono [@CaraBuono] (October 16, 2016). “My husband @peterthum made this with our 3 year old daughter. #boo” (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  • ^ Boucher, Geoff (September 19, 2019). “‘Supergirl’: Mitch Pileggi And Cara Buono Join Season 5 Cast”. Deadline.
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