Since 1971, Sonia “Maria” Manzano has been a staple human character on the U.S. children’s TV show ‘Sesame Street.’ At age 65, Sonia has decided that it was time to retire after more than 40 years on the show. In addition to Sonia playing the character of Maria, she was also a writer on the show, with 15 Emmy Awards under her belt for her talents.
During the American Library Association conference, she assured the audience that the show would continue without her, and even hinted that she would consider an appearance on the show’s 50th anniversary in 2019.
Fans of her character and the show have taken social media by storm in nostalgic appreciation of her character and her performance on the show over the years. Sonia has a written memoir in the works, the soon to be released “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.”
Although ‘Maria’ will no longer be a regular on the show, she will always be remembered for her performance as a role model for young women throughout her career. Read more about it here.