Neighbor Maria Bids ’Sesame Street’ Farewell
She’s blocking out some time for herself. Sonia Manzano, 65 — better known as human Sesame Street resident Maria Rodriguez — is calling it a day after 44 years. Manzano, who shares 15 writing Emmys for her work, tweeted the news, telling fans “don’t be bummed.” Her character started as a teenager working in the library, eventually becoming a mother running her own business. Sesame Workshop has yet to reveal how they’ll address her departure, but they were quick to applaud Manzano as a role model for young girls.