Cara Buono Wiki

An actress who rose to prominence portraying the character of Karen Wheeler in the series “Stranger Things”, Cara Buono has over 70 acting credits to her name, and besides the mentioned role, is perhaps known best for starring in other TV series “The Sopranos”, “Person of Interest”, and “Supergirl”.

To movie lovers, Cara is well-known for her roles in “Beer League”, “Let Me In”, and “Monsters and Men”, among others.

Early life and education

Cara Buono was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 1 March 1971, in The Bronx, New York City USA, thus she holds American nationality although she comes from a family of Italian descent.

She was raised in The Bronx alongside her two brothers, Michael and Noah, and sister Lisa, by their parents Rosemary and Antony, blue-collar workers. Cara prefers to keep her family away from the media’s attention, and has only once spoken about her parents, saying that their work ethic has subsequently helped her throughout her career.

Cara had an interest in acting from an early age, and when she was 11, went alone on her first audition for Harvey Fierstein’s play “Spookhouse”, and made her stage debut despite her lack of experience. There and then, Cara decided that an acting career was her life’s ambition.

Speaking of her educational background, she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and upon matriculating in 1989, enrolled at Columbia University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science in 1992.

Roles in series

Cara made her TV acting debut portraying Joann in an episode of the series “Dream Street” in 1989, followed by her role as Abby Morris in “CBS Schoolbreak Special” in 1991, which brought her a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special. Her next role came in the following year, when she was cast to play Diane in “I’ll Fly Away”.

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During the ‘90s and the early 2000s, Cara mostly guest-starred in numerous series, including “New York Undercover” (1996), “Family Law” (2001), and “Queens Supreme” (2003) before she was cast to play Grace Foster in “Third Watch” from 2004 until 2005.

In the following year, she had a recurring role as Kelli Moltisanti in the popular crime drama “The Sopranos”, starring James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco, and then in 2007, Cara was seen as Sheriff Anna Turner in “The Dead Zone”.

Cara next guest-starred in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008), “ER” and “NCIS” (2009) before portraying Faye Miller in “Mad Men”, which for her performance in the series brought her 2010 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series and Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series, while with the rest of the cast, she shared a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

After several more guest roles, Cara was cast to play Martine Rousseau in “Person of Interest” from 2014 until 2015, and her next major role came in 2016, when she was seen starring as Karen Wheeler in “Strange Things” through 2022. Cara and the rest of the crew won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2017, and were two times nominated for the same award in 2018 and 2020.

Concurrently, she portrayed Gemma Cooper in “Supergirl” (2019-2021), and was seen as Gail Carter in “The Girl from Plainville” in 2022.

Roles in movies

Cara made her big-screen debut portraying Dawn in the 1992 movie “Gladiator” opposite Cuba Gooding Junior, followed by her role as Judy Dobson in “Waterland”. She then acted in a few TV and short movies, before she was seen as Teresa in “The Cowboy Way” in 1994.

In the following year, Cara appeared in “Killer: A Journal of Murder” and “Kicking and Screaming”, followed by her roles in “Made Man” (1997), “Next Stop Wonderland” (1998), and “Man of the Century” (1999), among others.

In the early 2000s, Cara was cast in “Happy Accidents”, “Attention Shoppers”, “Hulk”, and “Beer League”, among others, and was then seen as Dannie Marsh in the 2007 horror “Cthulhu” before her role as Owen’s Mother in “Let Me In” in 2010.

Cara’s next role came in 2012, in the movie “The Discovers”, and then, she appeared as Betty Pike in the 2014 movie “A Good Marriage”, followed by her roles in “Paper Towns” and “Emily & Tim” in 2015. Her most recent movie roles were in the 2017 movies “Half the Perfect World” and “All Saints”, while in the following year, she starred in “Monsters and Men”.

Love life and husband

Cara hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning either her love life or her sexual orientation, mostly because she’s kept her private life under wraps.

However, it is widely known that since 31 December 2008, she’s been married to Peter Thum, an American businessman, although many people assume that her husband is an actor from Claremont, California, who has the same name, and is known for the movie “Tödliche Verbindungen”.

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Cara’s husband is best known for creating the brand Ethos Water, and also well-known for his not-for-profit organization Giving Water, which provides water and hygiene education for children in need.

Cara and Peter have a daughter named Esme, who was born on 18 October 2013.

As of August 2022, the family of three lives in their residence in Greenwich, Manhattan, New York City.

Age, height, and net worth

Cara’s age is 51, and she has long, blonde hair and green eyes, weighs around 130lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-24-35.

According to sources, as of August 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million, most of the income accumulated through her acting career.

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