Sesame Street’s Maria, Sonia Manzano, Retires After 45 Years

Sesame Street’s Maria, Sonia Manzano, Retires After 45 Years
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Sonia Manzano, known for her character Maria on the children’s show “Sesame Street,” is retiring after a career that spanned for more than four decades.


Manzano, who was introduced in the show in 1971 and became a regular in 1974, has become a significant part of the “Sesame Street” with her TV husband Luis (Emilio Delgado). The married couple used to operate the Fix-It Shop.

According to BBC, she was also the writer of the show and bagged 15 Emmy awards for her work.

Her announcement for retirement from the show came at a recent American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Fans and admirers took to social media expressing their sadness at Manzano’s exit from the show. The Puerto Rican actress responded, asking them not to be “bummed” and that the show will continue.

Manzano was one of the earlier Latinas to appear on television in her time.

In a 2012 interview with NBC Latino, Manzano said, “In 1969, Latinos were invisible in American culture. We weren’t on television and we weren’t in children’s books, something I remember clearly. There were no children’s or young adult’s books dealing with Latin life at all.

“My personal evolution included bringing cultural ideas to Sesame Street and eventually writing bits myself; writing, writing, writing always with Hispanic culture in mind.”

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