Sesame Street stalwart calls it quits
THE actress who plays shop owner Maria on Sesame Street is retiring after more than 40 years.
In her role on the beloved children’s show, Sonia Manzano, 65, regularly gave advice to characters like Big Bird and Elmo.
The actress, who has been a regular in the series since 1971, took to Twitter to share good luck messages she received from fans and added, “Maybe I’ll go back for 50th anniversary and make a guest appearance! Gracias!” As well as appearing on screen, Manzano also worked behind the scenes on the show’s Emmy Award- winning writing team.