The end of an era for viewers, a new beginning for her...
Actress Sonia Manzano, who has appeared on Sesame Street in the role of Maria for 44 years, will retire at the end of the current season.
It was announced during the American Library Association annual conference via a tweet that Sonia Manzano will be leaving the show. During her long career on Sesame Street, the Puerto Rican actress won two Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series." She was also involved in writing for the series since 1981, and has been awarded 15 Emmy awards for her work.
Manzano's autobiography, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South of Bronx, is set to be released later this summer.
Sonia Manzano has always been one of my very favorite performers on the show. A few years ago,it was great fun for me to visit the set of Sesame Street, and I interviewed her between takes. Enjoy this segment from Art Express.