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The ABCs of "Sesame Street" With Actress Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano, as Maria, with Elmo on "Sesame Street."

For nearly four and a half decades, Sonia Manzano was Maria -- a recurring female lead on the PBS television series "Sesame Street."

Last year, Manzano retired from the show and published a memoir. It’s called Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

This hour, we sit down with the actress. We learn about her difficult childhood and find out how those early years shaped her career as one of children’s television’s most adored stars.


  • Sonia Manzano - Longtime "Sesame Street" actress; author of several books, including her memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on December 2, 2016.

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