5 Reasons We're Taking Maria's Departure From Sesame Street So Badly
When news broke that Sonia Manzano is retiring from Sesame Street after 44 years there, the Internet pretty much freaked out. How is it that a 65-year-old woman who stars on a children's TV show could be trending on Twitter and spark so much despair?
To understand that, you have to know a little bit about Sonia Manzano and the role she created. As a 22-year-old drama student in 1971, Sonia showed up at an audition for what was then a simple social experiment called Sesame Street. She was cast to play a teenager named Maria who worked in a second-hand bookstore. By 1974, she was a series regular, and soon after that she joined the writing team for the show. She went on to be nominated for two acting Emmys and won 15 of the coveted awards for her writing.
But it's not the awards that have millennial moms and their kids freaking out about the news. It's the fact that for so many of us, Maria has been a constant presence our your lives for so long, that we can't imagine what it would be without her! Read on to see why so many are taking the news so hard.