Cara Buono who is best known for her roles in films and TV shows like “The Sopranos”, “Stranger Things” and “Let Me In” is an American actress who has been active in the industry since 1989. She is famous for playing the role of Karen Wheeler in the series titled  “Stranger Things”. Some of her other prominent work includes shows and films like “Mad Men” and “Artie Lange’s Beer League”. 

Quick Info 
Full NameCara Buono
Date of BirthMarch 1, 1971
Birth PlaceNew York City, U.S.
Parent(s)Rosemary and Antony Buono
Spouse(s)Peter Thum
Age40 Years
Height5 ft 4 in
Weight54 kg
Net worth US $10 million


Where was Miriam born and raised?

Cara Buono was born to parents Rosemary and Antony Buono on the day of March 1st of 1971 in The Bronx which is located in New York City, USA. Her parents were from Italy. She grew up in a working-class family. She grew up with three other siblings. She had her first experience with theater when she was 12 years old. When she was 12, she worked on “Spookhouse” when she was in school. She had never watched theater before and it was her first experience. She studied in H. LaGuardia High School which is a performing arts school. After graduating high school, she went to Columbia University and graduated with two degrees one in English and one in political science. 

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How did Cara Buono start her Career?

Buono started her acting career in 1992 with the movie ‘Gladiator’. She too has done TV shows like Deep in My Heart, The Dead Zone. Except for acting career, she is involved in charity and ventures for helping people in need.


Cara Buono made her acting debut in 1992 with the film “Gladiator” in which she acted as Dawn. The same year, she appeared in “Waterland” as Judy Dobson. In 1994, she acted in “The Cowboy Way” as Teresa Salazar. The following year, in 1995, she appeared in “Killer: A Journal of Murder” as Esther Lesser and in “Kicking and Screaming” as Kate. She played the role of Toni-Ann Antonelli in the film “Made Men” in 1997. The following year, she appeared in two films, namely, “Next Stop Wonderland” in which she acted as Julie and in “River Red” in which she acted as Rachel.

In 1999, Buono appeared in the film titled “Man of the Century” as the character named Virginia Clemens. The same year, she appeared in the film “Two Ninas” as Nina Cohen And in “Chutney Popcorn” as Janis. In 2000, she appeared in three films, namely, “Happy Accidents” in which she acted as Bette, “Takedown” in which she portrayed Christina Painter, and “Attention Shoppers” in which she appeared as Claire Suarez. In 2003, she appeared in the superhero film “Hulk” as the character named Edith Banner. The following year, in 2004, she appeared in “From Other Worlds” as Joanne Schwartzbaum.

In 2006, Cara appeared in the film “Artie Lange’s Beer League” as Linda Salvo. She acted in “Cthulhu” as Dannie Marsh in 2007. In 2010, she appeared in three films, namely, a short film “Betrayed” in which she acted as Amy Waite, the short film “Stuff” in which she acted as Madeline, and “Let Me In” in which she portrayed the role of Owen’s mother. In 2012, she acted in the film “The Discoverers” as Nell.

In 2014, She acted in “A Good Marriage” as Betty Pike. The following year, in 2015, she appeared in the film “Paper Towns” as Connie Jacobsen. The same year, she appeared in the film “Half the Perfect World” as Sonia. In 2017, she played the role of Aimee Spurlock in the film “All Saints “. The following year, she appeared in the film “Monsters and Men” as Stacey. 

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TV shows

Cara Buono made her TV debut in 1989 with the TV show titled “Dream Street” in which she played the character of Joann for 2 episodes. In 1991, she appeared in “CBS Schoolbreak Special” as Abby Morris in the episode titled “Abby, My Love”. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role. In 1992, she appeared in the TV show titled “I’ll Fly Away” as Diane for 3 episodes.

In 1999, She played the role of a younger version of Gerry Cummins in the TV film titled “Deep in My Heart“. From 2004 to 2005, she acted in the TV show titled “Third Watch” in which she played the role of Grace Foster for a total of 22 episodes. From 2006 to 2007, she appeared in the TV show titled “The Sopranos” in which she played the role of Kelli Moltisanti for a total of 7 episodes. In 2007, she appeared in the TV show titled “The Dead Zone” as Sheriff Anna Turner for a total of 6 episodes.

In 2010, Buono appeared in the TV show “Mad Men” as Faye Miller alongside Jon Hamm for 10 episodes. In 2011, she appeared in “Brothers & Sisters” as Rose for 3 episodes. From 2014 to 2015, she acted in “Person of Interest’ as Martine Rousseau for 8 episodes. From 2016 to the present, she has been playing the role of Karen Wheeler in “Stranger Things”. In 2019, she appeared in “Supergirl” as Gamemnae.


What is the relationship status of Cara Buono?

Cara Buono and Peter Thum got married on December 31 of 2008. They first met while on a flight to LA. Thum is a businessman and is also a philanthropist. Cara advocates for rape survivors and sexual assault survivors. She also actively voices against gun violence in the USA. 

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Body Measurement

Cara Buono stands 1.65 meters tall and weighs approximately 54 kg. As of December of 2020, she is 46 years old. She can be recognized by her hazel brown eyes, wavy blonde hair, and fair skin tone. 


Social Media

Cara Buono is active on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. She has 1 million followers on Instagram and 117k followers on Twitter.


What is the Current Net worth of Cara Buono?

Cara Buono’s net worth is estimated to be around the US $10 million as of December 2020. She makes most of her fortune from acting in films and TV shows. She reported earning a salary of $400,000 from acting. She is not just a successful celebrity but also ventured into associations that assist those in need.


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