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.
A few years ago, our Paul Larson had the pleasure of interviewing Sonia Manzano between takes on Sesame Street. Enjoy this segment from Art Express.
Sonia Manzano with Grover
Sonia Manzano shares a nutritious moment with Grover