Say it ain’t so! Sadly, it’s so. Sonia Manzano, the actress who’s played Maria on “Sesame Street” since 1971 has announced she is retiring.
During her 44 year run, Manzano has won a total of 15 Emmy Awards for writing.
Sesame Workshop said of Maria in a statement:
Sonia Manzano has announced her retirement from Sesame Street, but she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic ‘Maria,’ and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations. Sonia’s talents on Sesame Street extend beyond her groundbreaking role on camera; she also earned 15 Emmy Awards as a member ofSesame Street’s writing team. We’ll always be grateful for her many years on Sesame Street as a champion of diversity and helping millions of kids grow up smarter, stronger and kinder.