R is for Retirement: Sesame Street's 'Maria' says goodbye



Maria From Sesame Street Is Retiring After 44 Years on the Show

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One of Big Bird and Elmo's best friends is moving away fromSesame Street. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the show for decades, has announced she's retiring. She said she won't appear on the next season ofSesame Streetduring a speech at an event for the American Library Association's annual conference.

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CNN reports that she first appeared on the children's TV classic in 1971, and became a regular three years later. When she started, Maria was just a teenager who worked at the local library. Here's an early clip with Grover:

Maria ended up owning a shop in the neighborhood, running the business with her husband, Luis (Emilio Delgado). The show devoted an entire episode to their wedding:

Later in her career, her character figured prominently in an episode that taught children about emergencies, inspired by the September 11 attacks:

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Manzano was also a writer on the show, a position that won her 15 Emmys. These days, Manzano, now 65, is about to release a new memoir,Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.






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