'Sesame Street' Says Goodbye to Maria

Actress Sonia Manzano announced she would retire after 44 years on "Sesame Street."
1:31 | 07/02/15

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Finally tonight, maria from says me street is say good-bye. After more than four decades, G is for good-bye. Reporter: This story is brought to you by the letter G. For "Gracias." All the songs and all the vocabulary words, too. Maria, in real life actress Sonia Manzano is moving on now, retiring after 44 years on "Sesame street." She joined the cast in 1971 at age 22. The first Latina with a major role on national TV. A gentle grown-up for generations of kids. Just hold your knee up and I'll kiss it. Reporter: Through tough times -- Big bird, don't you remember we told you, Mr. Hooper died. Reporter: And good times, when she married her beloved Luis on the show, Elmo was ring bearer. Maria as essential to the cast as cookie monster, big bird, and the count. Without her, sunny days won't be quite the same. David Wright, ABC news, new York. Maria will be missed. Thanks for watching. I'm Amy robach and I'll see you tomorrow. Fomo"good ring America." Good night.for "Good morning America." Good night.for "Good morning

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