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SpousePeter Thum
FactShe graduated from Columbia University in 3 years, class of 1993, with a double major in English and political science.

Cara Buono is an American actress, director, and screenwriter. She is best known for her role as Dr. Faye Miller in the AMC drama series Mad Men.

Early Life

Cara Buono was born on March 1, 1974 in The Bronx, New York City, to a Italian-American family. Her father, Mario Buono, is a former professional baseball player and her mother, Silvana (née Wurzburger), is a homemaker. She has two older brothers, Michael and Christopher. Buono was raised in a strict Catholic household and attended an all-girls Catholic high school, Notre Dame Academy, in New York City.


Buono made her acting debut in the 1989 film New York Stories, directed by Martin Scorsese. She went on to appear in several films throughout the 1990s, including A Bronx Tale (1993), The Basketball Diaries (1995), and Kicking and Screaming (1995). In 2000, she made her television debut in an episode of the NBC medical drama ER.

In 2007, Buono began appearing as Dr. Faye Miller in the AMC drama series Mad Men. She appeared in a total of 33 episodes over the course of the show’s seven-season run.

In addition to her work as an actress, Buono has also directed and written several short films. In 2016, she made her feature film directorial debut with the film The Invitation.

Net Worth

Cara Buono has a net worth of $3 million. She earns a salary of $50,000 per episode of Mad Men.


Buono is married to actor Paul Bettany. The couple have two children together: a daughter born in 2004 and a son born in 2011.

General Info

Full NameCara Buono
Height1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Screenwriter
EducationColumbia University, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School


SpousePeter Thum


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
MoviesPaper Towns, Let Me In, Hulk, Artie Lange's Beer League, A Good Marriage, Kicking and Screaming, The Cowboy Way, Happy Accidents, Two Ninas, Chutney Popcorn, The Discoverers, Next Stop Wonderland, Waterland, River Red, Killer: A Journal of Murder, Man of the Century, From Other Worlds, Gladiator, At...
TV ShowsThird Watch, Stranger Things

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1She is of Italian descent.
2Ran three New York City Marathons: 1998, 1999, and 2005. She was set to run the 2006 NYC Marathon but had to drop about a week before due to an injury.
3She graduated from Columbia University in 3 years, class of 1993, with a double major in English and political science.




Dream Street1989TV SeriesJoann
Half the Perfect World2016completedSonia
Stranger Things2016TV SeriesKaren Wheeler
The Mysteries of Laura2015TV SeriesJulia Davis
Emily & Tim2015Emily (Segment 3)
Paper Towns2015Mrs. Jacobsen
Person of Interest2014-2015TV SeriesMartine Rousseau
A Good Marriage2014Betty Pike
Elementary2014TV SeriesSarah Cushing
The Carrie Diaries2014TV SeriesPenny
The Good Wife2013TV SeriesCharlene Peterson
Castle2013TV SeriesSiobhan O'Doul
The Discoverers2012Nell
Drew Peterson: Untouchable2012TV MovieKathleen Savio
A Gifted Man2011TV SeriesCarol Gordan
Hawaii Five-02011TV SeriesAgent Allison Marsh
Brothers & Sisters2011TV SeriesRose
Mad Men2010TV SeriesFaye Miller
Let Me In2010/IOwen's Mother
Betrayed2010/IIShortAmy Waite
NCIS2009TV SeriesNavy Comm Sarah Resnik
ER2009TV SeriesLisa Salamunovich
The Unquiet2008TV MovieJulie Bishop
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2008TV SeriesRachel Zelinsky
The Dead Zone2007TV SeriesSheriff Anna Turner
Cthulhu2007Dannie Marsh
The Sopranos2006-2007TV SeriesKelli Moltisanti Kelli Lombardo
Law & Order1996-2007TV SeriesAttorney Shannon / Alice Simonelli / Shelly Taggert
Beer League2006Linda Salvo
Third Watch2004-2005TV SeriesGrace Foster
From Other Worlds2004Joanne Schwartzbaum
Six Months to Live2004TV Series shortAlice
Miss Match2003TV SeriesMichelle Schiff
Hulk2003Edith Banner
Queens Supreme2003TV SeriesBettina Martinelli
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven2002Video GameSarah (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002TV SeriesTracy Logan - Eric's Girlfriend
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002TV SeriesCharlotte Fielding
Family Law2001TV SeriesCarly Hanson
Attention Shoppers2000Claire Suarez
Takedown2000Christina Painter (unconfirmed)
Happy Accidents2000Bette
In a Class of His Own1999TV MovieSherry Donato
Chutney Popcorn1999Janis
Two Ninas1999Nina Cohen
Deep in My Heart1999TV MovieYoung Gerry Cummins
Man of the Century1999Virginia Clemens
River Red1998Rachel
Lulu on the Bridge1998Molly (DVD deleted scene) (uncredited)
Next Stop Wonderland1998Julie
Made Men1997Toni-Ann Antonelli
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesConnie
Kicking and Screaming1995Kate
The Single Guy1995TV SeriesChristie
Killer: A Journal of Murder1995Esther Lesser
The Cowboy Way1994Teresa Salazar
A Dog Race in Alaska1993Short
Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story1993TV MovieTracey Lien
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco1993TV Movie
Tribeca1993TV SeriesRose Polito
Waterland1992Judy Dobson
I'll Fly Away1992TV SeriesDiane
CBS Schoolbreak Special1991TV SeriesAbby Morris






Two Ninas1999associate producer


Futurestates2011TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Adventureland2009the filmmakers wish to thank
Cake2005/Ispecial thanks


17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)
2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad Men (2007)
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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