Sonia Manzano, 65, who plays Fix-It-Shop owner Maria on Sesame Street announced her retirement from the beloved PBS kids’ series.
Of course, your toddler won’t really notice Maria’s absence as long as Elmo is still there, but you Gen Xers who watched a fresh-faced Sonia on the preschool show in the 1970s are probably devastated by the news. No more Captain Kangaroo, or Mister Rogers, and now Maria is leaving Sesame Street! And what happened to Kermit the Frog? Remember when he was on Sesame Street? Now they only tote him out for the big movies – what’s up with that?
Manzano, of Puerto Rican descent, first appeared on Sesame Street in 1971 and became a regular character in 1974. Her character eventually married Luis, another Latino character on the show.
The pioneering Latina actress earned 15 Emmys acting and writing for Sesame Street over the years. Her biography “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” will be released in August of this year.
Social Media was all a buzz with warm wishes and regrets for the beloved Sesame actress: