|Born||1963/1964 (age 57–58)|
Farina was born and raised in Bayside, Queens, New York. Her father left the family very early. A shy child, she began acting classes in grade school. After high school, she had jobs as a waitress, secretary, and receptionist. She spent one semester at Queens College, and also studied acting at a variety of venues including the Lee Strasberg Institute.
She had no professional acting experience or agent when she auditioned for, and was cast as the lead in, Whit Stillman's 1990 independent film, Metropolitan. Her performance received very positive reviews, which noted her sensitivity and perceptiveness.
Apart from a brief non-speaking cameo reprisal of her character Audrey Rouget in Stillman's follow-up film The Last Days of Disco (1998), during the 1990s following her starring role in Metropolitan Farina received only small roles in two more films. These were a non-speaking role in Little Noises (1992), which was directed by Jane Spencer, and a small role as the protagonist's sister in The Age of Innocence (1993), which was directed by Martin Scorsese.
In 2011 she appeared briefly in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, playing a waitress in a diner.
|1992||Little Noises||Cousin Linny||(credited as "Caroline Farina")|
|1993||The Age of Innocence||Janey Archer|
|1998||The Last Days of Disco||Audrey Rouget|
|2011||Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress||Carolina Antonucci|
|TBA||South of Hope Street||Mira||(filming)|
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