“Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.
Manzano, 65, broke the news at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn’t be part of PBS’ new “Sesame Street” season.
A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband, Luis (played by Emilio Delgado, who remains on the show).
Manzano also served as a writer for the show, sharing in 15 Emmy awards as a member of the writing team. She has also written children’s books.
In confirming Manzano’s retirement, Sesame Workshop said “she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic ‘Maria,’ and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations.”
USPS to offer Presley CD with stamp
The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp. “ELVIS FOREVER” will be available online and in select post offices beginning Aug. 12 along with the stamp, which features a black-and-white image of the young “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The stamp and CD are part of the Elvis Week celebration in Memphis. The album includes 18 Elvis hits and a new performance of “If I Can Dream.” The Postal Service featured Elvis on a stamp in 1993, one of the most popular commemorative stamps of all time.
New to e-book: Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” will soon be available as an e-book. Penguin Random House announced that the digital edition of the 1969 novel will be on sale July 15. Le Guin, 85, has written more than 20 books and last fall received an honorary National Book Award.