Ave Maria

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Ouch. Maria is leaving Sesame Street.

mariaIn the early 1970s, Sonia Manzano showed up to an audition on New York City’s Upper West Side, wearing a simple dress and “some cheap Indian sandals.”

Manzano, then a 22-year-old drama student at Carnegie Mellon University, was asked to play a game that would one day become known by its lyrics: “One of these things is not like the others.” She walked away with a job — playing Maria on PBS’s children’s TV show “Sesame Street.”

Forty-four years later, and she’s leaving.  That’s an incredible run.