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Sonia Manzano’s semi-autobiographical character, which she played for 44 years, brought diversity, truth and warmth to the children’s show
It would be easy to call Sonia Manzano’s upcoming retirement from Sesame Street the end of an era – and in a way it is: Manzano’s semi-autobiographical character Maria has graced public television’s screens for 44 years, brightening the lives of millions of children over several generations and changing television forever. It’s that change that makes this moment feel less like an ending and more like a graceful transition into the next chapter.
Manzano, then a 21-year-old Carnegie Mellon student, walked into the Sesame Street audition in the early 70s, amidst the turmoil and excitement of civil rights and Vietnam war protests. The world was changing and Sesame Street, then only a few years old, was speaking to that change on TV screens across America. “I had never »
- Daniel José Older
Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!” After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15… »
Sonia Manzano, known as Maria on Sesame Street, is retiring from the beloved children’s show after over forty years on the program. Sonia Manzano Announces Retirement, Maria Is Leaving Sesame Street Manzano announced she would be leaving the children’s educational program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, June 29. […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
After more than 40 years, "Maria" is saying goodbye to Sesame Street. Sonia Manzano will not return to the show as the character she's portrayed since the 1970s. Manzano announced her retirement at an American Library Association conference and in an interview with E! News, she explained her reasoning behind walking away from the legendary role and TV show. "I've been thinking of retiring from the show for several years, only because 40 years is a long time to be with a show! When my first book, No Dogs Allowed was published I got a taste for writing books and got hooked! With two books being published in the coming months, a memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx and Miracle on 133rd »
Longtime Sesame Street cast member Sonia Manzano will retire from the show after 44 years, the actress announced while speaking to the American Library Association this week. Manzano has played Maria, a friendly neighborhood vest enthusiast, since 1971; she also wrote for the show from 1981 to 2002, winning 15 Daytime Emmys in the process. In her four decades on Sesame Street, Manzano got married, turned invisible, asked for a raise, went to the hospital, and fixed a door. Outside of that show, Manzano plays Judge Gloria Pepitone on Law & Order: Svu, where she encounters grouches of a different sort. »
- Nate Jones
Sonia Manzano, known to fans as Maria on the acclaimed children’s “Sesame Street,” has announced she will retire from the show after 44 years. The 65-year-old actress said this season of the long-running PBS show would be her last while speaking at the American Library Association Annual Conference earlier this week. Manzano first joined “Sesame Street” in 1971. A production of the musical “Godspell” brought her to New York, where one of her first auditions was for the role of Maria. Also Read: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Gets 'Sesame Street' Parody Promoting Healthy Eating She eventually became a writer for the show in addition acting. »
- Joe Otterson
Manzano, who's played Maria on the PBS series for 44 years, announced her retirement at the American Library Association Annual Conference earlier this week (her memoir, "Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx," is due out on August 25). "Sesame Street" has yet to issue an official statement about her departure.
After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season. #alaac15 pic.twitter.com/Jiz7tn9dAI
- American Libraries (@amlibraries) June 29, 2015 The actress joined "Sesame Street" in 1971, and became a series regular in 1974. She was nominated twice for acting Emmys for her work on the program, and also became a member of the writing staff, winning 15 Emmys over the years.
There's no word yet on just when Manzano will exit "Sesame Street, »
- Katie Roberts
The actress will retire after some 44 years on the show, she announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference this week.
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Manzano, who made her first Sesame Street appearance in 1971, has racked up 15 Daytime Emmy awards (with five additional nominations) for Outstanding Writing in Children’s Programming — and was also nominated twice as Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series. »
One of Sesame Street's favorite residents is moving on! Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria since her debut in 1971, is retiring, which means Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch are losing a best friend! The 65-year-old actress announced her departure from the popular children's show during her address at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Tuesday, June 30. Manzano first joined the series in 1971, playing the role of teenager Maria who had just got a job at the local library. Growing up on [...] »
It's the end of an era for Sesame Street: Sonia Manzano—Maria for more than four decades—is retiring from the beloved children's program. News of Manzano's departure arrived in the form of a tweet by the American Libararies Association, after she appeared at their annual conference earlier this week. "After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the tweet reads. While Sesame Street has yet to comment, Manzano has been consoling fans on Twitter, even suggesting that she could return at some point. "Maybe I'll go back for 50th anniversary and make a guest appearance!" she said in response to »
“Sesame Street” is losing one of its most recognizable faces.
Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the long-running PBS children’s show, is retiring 44 years after joining the series, she said at the American Library Association Annual Conference.
Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971, and was upped to a series regular in 1974. Manzano, with TV-husband Luis, are known to “Sesame Street” viewers for running the Fix-It Shop, which specializes in toaster repair.
Along with acting on the show, Manzano also served as a writer. She won 15 Emmys for her writing work on the show, and was nominated twice for her acting. Manzano also has a memoir releasing soon, “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.”
“Sonia Manzano has announced her retirement from ‘Sesame Street,’ but she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood” said Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the show, said in a statement on Thursday. »
- Alex Stedman
Nom nom nom! Cookie Monster has lots of friends — and after-school snacks! The Sesame Street puppet spoke out (yes, for real!) after Apple's iPhone pocket pal, Siri, gave a laugh-out-loud response to "What is zero divided by zero?" Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul started a frenzy when he asked the question on Monday, June 29. The digital assistant, voiced by singer Susan Bennett, mused back: "Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? [...] »
CBS is feeling a bit more certain about its potential drama series Doubt.
The pilot — which did not land a series order during May upfronts — remains a contender at the network.
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According to EW.com, the script, which centers on a female lawyer who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients (who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime), will not be rewritten. However, certain roles will be recast, including the female lead originally played by Secrets and Lies‘ KaDee Strickland.
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fun Friday? Mad Max: Fury Road's Coma the Doof Warrior gives guitar tips, radio controlled Star Wars vehicles are unveiled and one Amazon support specialist goes to hilarious lengths for a customer by pretending to be Thor. But first, we have an amazing transforming Hulk car, and Elmo cooks on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
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For those who love their car as much as superhero movies, German graffiti artist Rene Turrek has debuted a custom paint job for a BMW X6, which, at first, looks like any normal, blue BMW. But, when the paint is exposed to hot water, »
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Supercut of the Day: See how many of the 100 most iconic movie lines of all time you can quote along with this video: Mash-Up of the Day: Maybe the key to defeating the dinosaurs in Jurassic World is to try to eat them. Let’s learn from Cookie Monster in this Sesame Street parody of Jurassic Park called “Jurassic Cookie” (via /Film). Trailer Mix of the Day: We all love to knock The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but nobody makes fun of it better than Honest Trailers. Vintage Image of the Day: As we celebrate 30 years of The Goonies this week, we learn of the loss of Mary Ellen Trainor to cancer. Rest in piece, Mrs...
- Christopher Campbell
With the release of Jurassic World just a few days away, there’s plenty of retrospective looks back at the entire Jurassic Park franchise around the web. Some of them are pretty scathing, like Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, while others are just adorable and fun, like the Sesame Street spoof of Jurassic […]
- Ethan Anderton
That's the latest hilarious parody from the pop culture-loving kids program "Sesame Street," which reimagines the big blue puppet as a John Hammond-type, attempting to turn a fragment of a prehistoric cookie stuck in amber into a real, giant, T-rex-size cookie. Just like in "Jurassic Park," though, Cookie's plan doesn't exactly pan out, as his T-rex/gingerbread man hybrid breaks free and terrorizes the monster and his grandchildren.
There's a bunch of clever winks to the 1993 flick -- and its upcoming sequel, "Jurassic World" -- including a tense scene set in a kitchen in which Cookie and the kids have to outsmart the edible dino, and a race past a dinosaur skeleton made out of cookie fragments. ("First time cookie ever tried to eat me!" a confused Cookie Monster declares.) The tables turn for the creature, »
- Katie Roberts
After terrorizing cookies for so long, Sesame Street imagines what would happen if the tables turned on Cookie Monster in this parody ahead of the upcoming Jurassic World. What should the Monster and his two precocious grandchildren do if a gigantic prehistoric T. rex cookie attacked them? Why, you just do something that starts with the letter H. Take notes, Chris Pratt. »
- E. Alex Jung
The television movie dramatizes law professor Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against would-be Us Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas.
Kinnear will be playing future Us vice president Joe Biden, who along with Kennedy was on the Senate committee investigating Hill's claims.
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