Cara Buono, (born March 1, 1974 Bronx, New York, U.S.) is an American actress, screenwriter and director. She grew up in the Bronx in a blue-collar family. With no help from friends, families or mentors, she went out on her own, picked up a trade paper, saw an ad for a casting call and sneaked into an audition. She managed to land a role in Harvey Fierstein’s play “Spook House”, despite her lack of experience.
From there on Cara’s career blossomed. She continued stage work both on Broadway and Off Broadway, and started her film career opposite Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons in Waterland (1992). Much of her work has been in indie films such as Chutney Popcorn (1999), Happy Accidents (2000), Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Two Ninas (1999), which she co-produced.
As well as acting, Cara has directed, produced and written films, including the short film Baggage (1997), which starred Liev Schreiber. She co-wrote the screenplay When The Cat’s Away with Brad Anderson, and cut a deal with Miramax for a screenplay adaptation of one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. Most recently, Cara starred on the final season of the NBC drama Third Watch (1999) as Grace Foster, a headstrong paramedic with an unbridled ego and the skills to back it up.
Buono is a 1993 graduate of Columbia University with a double major in English and Political Science. She got her degree in three years.
Buono called into The Howard Stern Show in the early ’90s in order to ask for a date to the prom, which Howard and Fred would offer to be for high school girls in those years. A decade and a half later she would co-star with Stern sidekick Artie Lange in his film Beer League.