Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano: 'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life' Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character on TV mirrored many of Manzano's real-life milestones, like marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria's wedding on the show). She also wrote for Sesame Street in later years, and helped the show address diversity issues. In this special episode, Manzano reflects on her 44 seasons on Sesame Street, what she thinks was the show's most poignant moment — and which Muppet was secretly her favorite.
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'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

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'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

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Maria, played by actress Sonia Manzano, and Rosita.
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Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character followed Manzano's real-life milestones, such as marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria's wedding on the show). She also wrote for Sesame Street in later years, and helped the show address diversity issues. In this special episode, Manzano reflects on her 44 seasons on Sesame Street, what she thinks was the show's most poignant moment — and which Muppet was secretly her favorite.