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End of an era: ‘Maria’ retiring from ‘Sesame Street’

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It’s the end of an era on “Sesame Street.”

This week, it was announced that the street is losing one of its most beloved neighbors, Sonia Manzano.

Manzano has played ‘Fix-It’ shop owner, Maria, for almost 45 years.

However, the 65-year-old Puerto Rican actress revealed that she is retiring.

Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971 and became a regular character in 1974.

In 2013, Sonia Manzano stopped by our studios.

During her career with the PBS show, she won 15 Emmy Awards. Her biography, “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” is set to be published in August.

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