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Cathy DeBuono, born 20 March 1970 is an actress who appeared in the last three seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as dabo girl M'Pella as well as in several other background roles. She also worked as stand-in, photo double, and body double for Terry Farrell. DeBuono received no on-screen credits until her final appearance in the episode  × 10The Dogs of War.

DeBuono, who has Italian roots, was born in Yonkers, New York and grew up in Bronxville, New York. As an athlete she started a career as a successful volleyball player and received several awards and medals such as two gold medals at the United States Olympic Festival in 1991 and 1992. Between 1988 and 1991 she attended the University of Kentucky on a full athletic scholarship for volleyball, played middle blocker and broke several records during her active playing days.

DeBuono started her acting career after she performed in a stage play directed by a former student, Ashley Judd, and was forced to end her career as a volleyball player because of a knee injury. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1994. In 2003 she earned a master degree in clinical psychology. DeBuono resides with her girlfriend in West Hollywood and is pursuing, in addition to an acting career, a career as a psychotherapist.

She appeared as a background regular in several episodes of the television series Chicago Hope as a paramedic. Between 1996 and 1998 she acted alongside Star Trek performers Alicia Coppola, April Grace, Scott Jaeck, Margot Rose, Eve Brenner, Mark Moses, and Chris Sarandon.

Other television series she was involved in include the comedy series Jenny (1997, episode A Girl's Gotta Spike), The Pretender (1998, episode Collateral Damage, with Steven Anderson, Stefan Gierasch, Jay Karnes, Daniel Dae Kim, and Adrian Sparks), Pacific Blue (1998, episode Heat in the Hole, with James G. MacDonald), the action comedy Martial Law (1999, episode Big Trouble, with Tom Wright and Troy Brenna), the comedy series Becker (2003, episode Amanda Moves Out), and the comedy series Exes and Oh's (2007, pilot episode).

DeBuono has also appeared in a few films, including the short project Gay Propaganda (2002) and the award-winning Out at the Wedding (2007), the romantic comedy And Then Came Lola (2008), and the short drama Tremble & Spark (2008). She has also tried "new frontiers". For the upcoming short film The Touch by Jane Clark, she worked as associate producer and still photographer. As an out lesbian, DeBuono is involved in several gay and lesbian projects and charities. She uses her MySpace page as a vehicle to publicize her efforts.

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