Cara Buono is a film and television actress of American origin. She has recorded several notable big-screen and small screen roles in her nearly 3-decade-long Hollywood career. She has had regular roles on TV series such as Third Watch, The Sopranos and Mad Men, in addition to many outstanding guest appearances.
The talented actress has come to be known in recent times for her portrayal of Karen Wheeler on the Netflix series Stranger Things. Buono also has several notable movie credits to her name, including the comedy flick Artie Lange’s Beer League, the superhero film Hulk and the British horror film Let Me In.
Who Is Cara Buono?
Cara Buono was born in The Bronx, New York, on the first day of March in the year 1971. She is of Italian ancestry and grew up alongside three siblings; 2 brothers and a sister. She had her high school education at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York City and for college, she attended Columbia University where she bagged a degree in English and Political Science.
Buono marked her professional acting debut in the Harvey Fierstein stage play Spook House. She continued as a stage actress afterwards – both on Broadway and off-Broadway and was also able to land a few guest roles on television. Her work on the CBS series CBS Schoolbreak Special (1991) earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.
The talented actress marked her big screen debut in the sports drama film Gladiator (1992) followed by roles in the movie Waterland (1993) and the telefilm Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story (1993). Buono’s acting career has remained on a rise ever since and she has recorded countless acting credits – both on the big and small screens.
Cara Buono got her first major TV role on season 6 of the crime drama series Third Watch (2004-05), starring as series regular Grace Foster. She equally had a recurring role as Kelli Moltisanti on the final season of the crime series The Sopranos (2005-06). The talented actress recorded a recurring guest role in the Sci-Fi series The Dead Zone (2007) in addition to several other guest appearances.
She also had a notable recurring role on the period drama series Mad Men (2010) which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series as well as a shared nomination with other cast members for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Buono also had a recurring role in the action/crime series Person of Interest (2014–15). In 2016, she landed the career-defining role of Karen Wheeler in the highly-acclaimed web series Stranger Things.
Just like her work on television, Cara Buono also has numerous movie credits to her name. She had roles in comedy films like The Cowboy Way (1994), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), Man of the Century (1999), as well as the superhero box office hit, Hulk (2003). She played the female lead role in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange’s Beer League and also appeared in Cthulhu (2007), Let Me In (2010), Paper Towns (2015), Monsters and Men (2018) and so many more.
Family Life – Spouse And Kids
Cara Buono’s husband Peter Thum is a social entrepreneur and businessman. The duo got married on December 31, 2008, and they have one child together, a daughter named Esme, born in 2013.
He holds a BA degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and also bagged an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has founded several companies and non-profit organizations in his longrunning career as a business manager and investor.
Other Facts About the Hollywood Star
1. Cara Buono stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm). She maintains a trim physique at a body weight of 54 kg (119 lb). She has a bust size of 34 inches (87 cm) while her waist and hip measurements are 25 inches (63.5 cm) and 35 inches (88.9 cm) respectively. Her eyes are light brown in colour and she has gorgeous blonde hair.
2. In addition to her flourishing acting career, Buono has proven to be a gifted long-distance runner. The talented actress has participated in at least 3 marathons in her home city of New York. She took part in the 1998 New York City Marathon as well as the 1999 and 2005 editions. She missed out of the 2006 edition due to an injury. Cara Buono is also a licensed yoga teacher.