The word of the day is SAD.
That's because one of Sesame Street's most longtime residents Maria is retiring after an amazing 44 years!
Maria — played by actress Sonia Manzano — joined the show way back in 1971, a year we're assured really existed, and not just on TV!
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Sonia announced her retirement during an address at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Tuesday to both shock and grief from fans.
During her time on the Street, the Latina role model won 15 Emmys for her writing and was nominated twice for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for her time onscreen.
The next generation to watch Sesame Street will be a little worse off for not having her around. See some of her best moments through the years (below)!
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Nice! This will be a change of pace for her!
Rumer Willis will apparently be taking a break from TV and film, and joining the cast of the Off-Broadway show Love, Loss, and What I Wore!
Along with new cast members Sonia Manzano, Anna Meara, and Fredi Walker-Browne, the actress will be appearing in a one month run, from March 23rd through April 24th!
Wonder who she'll be playing!
Either way, she's not given enough credit as an actress, so we're psyched that she'll have the opportunity to show off her range on stage!
Smart thinking, gurl!
[Image via WENN.]
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