Abby, My Love
Italian-American actress Cara Buono started her acting career both on Broadway and Off Broadway stage. After her breakout performance as an incest survivor in the lauded CBS Schoolbreak Special, "Abby, My Love" (1991), she has garnered even more recognition with her roles in the TV series "Third Watch," "The Sopranos," and "The Dead Zone." This 5' 5" player also has appeared in the films "Gladiator" (1992), "Waterland" (1992), "The Cowboy Way" (1994), "Happy Accidents" (2000), "Hulk" (2003), and "Beer League" (2006).
Childhood and Family:
Born in The Bronx, New York, on March 1, 1971, Cara Buono grew up in New York City. Helped by her blue-collar work ethic, she graduated from Columbia University in 3 years in 1992 with a double major in English and political science.
Buono ran three New York City Marathons, in 1998, 1999, 2005, and was set to run the 2006 NYC Marathon but had to drop about a week before due to an injury.
Raised in New York City, Cara Buono made her stage acting debut in "Spookhouse" in 1984. After several Off Broadway appearances, she went to Broadway, where she has appeared on such productions as Tennessee Williams' “The Rose Tattoo” opposite Anthony LaPaglia, “Some Americans Abroad” (1990), and “The Tenth Man.”
Meanwhile, Buono made her TV acting debut in "Dream Street" (1989) and got her first starring TV role as the titular incest survivor in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Abby, My Love" (1991), which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special.
In 1992, Buono made her feature acting debut as James Marshall's love interest in director Rowdy Herrington's boxing drama "Gladiator," which also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia, and was cast alongside Jeremy Irons and Lena Headey in Stephen Gyllenhaal's film adaptation of Graham Swift's 1983 novel, "Waterland." In the following year, she co-starred with Bruce Altman in Bart Freundlich's independent short film, "A Dog Race in Alaska" (1993).
Meanwhile, Buono was spotted as a guest in several episodes of "I'll Fly Away" and an episode of "Tribeca." She also starred in the TV movies "Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty" (1993) and "Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story" (1993).
Buono landed her first leading role in a feature in "The Cowboy Way" (1994), an action-comedy-drama film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland. She went on to appear in the next years' films "Kicking and Screaming" (1995), "Killer: A Journal of Murder" (1996), and "Made Men" (1997). During this time, she also guest-starred in an episode of "The Single Guy" and "New York Undercover."
In 1997, Buono wrote, produced, and directed the indie short film "Baggage," starring Liev Schreiber and Minnie Driver. She subsequently returned to act in front of the camera and could be seen in the films "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998), "Lulu on the Bridge" (1998), "River Red" (1998), "Man of the Century" (1999), "Two Ninas" (1999), and "Chutney Popcorn" (1999). She also starred in the made-for-television movies "Deep in My Heart" (1999) and "In a Class of His Own" (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Buono co-starred in the film "Happy Accidents," Brad Anderson's romantic sci-fi comedy starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio, and Philip Charles MacKenzie's, and "Attention Shoppers," Philip Charles MacKenzie's independent comedy in which she co-starred with Lillian Adams and Casey Affleck. She then returned to the stage and played Mary in "Good Thing" at Theatre St. Clements in New York that ran from December 16, 2001 through January 6, 2002.
She also went to television and guest-starred in an episode of "Family Law," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and "Miss Match." Additionally, she lent her voice in the video game "Mafia: Lost Heaven" (2002) and played Edith Banner, the mother of Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk in Ang Lee-directed superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character, "Hulk" (2003; starring Eric Bana in the title role).
From 2004 to 2005, Buono starred as Grace Foster, a headstrong paramedic, on the final season of the NBC drama, "Third Watch." Afterwards, she joined the cast of the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos," playing Christopher's (Michael Imperioli) new bride Kelli Moltisanti (2006-2007).
During this time, Buono could be seen in the films "From Other Worlds" (2004), "Beer League" (2006), and "Cthulhu" (2007). She also guest-starred in "Law & Order" and "Queens Supreme."
In 2007, Buono played Anna Turner, the new "sheriff pro tem" of Penobscot County investigating the final unofficial case of the recently-deceased Sheriff Walt Bannerman (played by Chris Bruno).
Buono was recently spotted as a guest in an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and the TV movie "The Unquiet" (2008).
“My ideal is to struggle through an all-day rehearsal, find the one good moment, and ask, 'How did we get there?' and to have it raining in New York when we come out and go to dinner.” Cara Buono.