Sonia Manzano Biography
Sonia Manzano is a semi-retired American actress, screenwriter, author, speaker, and songwriter. She was born on June 12th, 1950. Her best work was playing as Maria on Sesame Street from 1971 to 2015.
She was born in Linwood, New Jersey but was raised in the South Bronx. Her parents are Puerto Ricans. She attended High school of Performing Arts where her acting career started. She later went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh through a scholarship.
Manzano resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is married to Richard Reagan and they got married back in 1986. The two have a daughter together, Gabriella. Their daughter played the same role as her mother in Sesame Street for two seasons but she later decided that she didn’t enjoy acting.
Sonia Manzano Age
She was born on June 12th, 1950 in Linwood, New Jersey but was raised in the South Bronx. She is 68 years old as of 2018.
Sonia Manzano Husband| Sonia Manzano Daughter
She is married to Richard Reagan and they got married back in 1986. The two have a daughter together, Gabriella. The two have a daughter together, Gabriella. Their daughter played the same role as her mother in Sesame Street for two seasons but she later decided that she didn’t enjoy acting.Sonia Manzano
Sonia Manzano Net Worth
Sonia Manzano has a net worth of $600 thousand.
Sonia Manzano Career
In her early years, she came to New York to star in the show Godspell. She joined Sesame Street in 1971 where she began writing scripts for the series. In 2015, she announced that she was leaving Sesame Street after 44 years of acting. Apart from Sesame Street, She has also performed on the New York stage for theatre pieces like Vagina Monologues and The Exonerated.
She has also written a Peabody Award-winning children’s series, Little Bill. She has also written a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop web, Talking Outloud. In 1979, the Supersisters trading cards that were released included Manzano’s name and picture.
The book, No Dogs Allowed, published in 2004 was one of the five books that were selected by the General Mills initiative, Spoonfuls of Stories. Manzano is working with General Mills and its nonprofit partners to enable more children in the USA to access books and encourage the children to read. Her book has already been adapted as a stage play. She has also written the book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano in 2014
Manzano has served on the March of Dimes board, George Foster Peabody Awards Board and also Symphony Space board. She also happens to be a member of the board of advisors for the Project Sunshine Book Club. Manzano has appeared in a poster that is designed to encourage children in New York schools to read, Learning Leaders. She plays as Judge Gloria Pepitone in Law And Order; Special Victims Unit.
Sonia Manzano Sesame Street
Sesame Street is an American educational children’s television series that has action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry. Sesame Workshop produces this series and it was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morisset. The program uses Jim Henson’s Muppets for communication and includes short films with humor for references. It premiered on November 10th, 1969 and had a high viewership number. It has been airing on PBS since its debut at first running on HBO on January 16th, 2016.
Sonia Manzano Books
- Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
- Miracle on 133rd Street
- The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
- No Dogs Allowed!
- A Box Full of Kittens
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and stepfather. Her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who’s come from Puerto Rico to live with them.
Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, dump garbage in the street and set it on fire, igniting a powerful protest. When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation.
Infused with actual news accounts from the time period, Sonia Manzano has crafted a gripping work of fiction based on her own life growing up during a fiery, unforgettable time in America, when young Latinos took control of their destinies.
Sonia Manzano Becoming Maria
This is the story of a girl with a dream.
Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunge us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving–and troubled. This is Sonia’s own story rendered with unforgettable narrative power.
When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead.
But–click!–when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life–the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia’s dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.
No Dogs Allowed Sonia
Sometimes the unexpected is even more fun than the best-laid plans.
Iris, her family, the neighbors, and dog take a road trip to the lake. But first, the cars break down. Then they get lost. And when they finally arrive at the lake, they see a NO DOGS ALLOWED sign. What to do? Iris’s family’s make-do attitude saves the day, for as they go about their beach activities while trying to figure out what to do with the dog, each takes a turn taking care of the dog.
Soon the day is over, and the dog has had the best time of all — the beach had been brought to him. Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano’s first picturebook provides an ocean of humor, a warm, close-knit Puerto Rican community, and a take-charge family who refuses to let things get in their way!
Muse – Sonia Manzano