By: Jason Raithel
It’s the end of an era on Sesame Street as Sonia Manzano, the actress who has played Maria on the PBS children’s program for 45 years, is retiring. Manzano made the announcement at an American Libraries Association conference earlier this week saying she will no longer appear on Sesame Street. She later tweeted to fans that she may possibly return for a 50th anniversary.
Manzano was in her early 20s when she joined the cast in 1971 and has gone on to win 15 Emmy Awards for her writing.
Sesame Street will never be the same with you Maria! Thank you for all you have done for the generations of kids and families who learned so much from you!