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Sonia Manzano has touched the lives of millions since the early 1970s as the actress who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series “Sesame Street.” She has won 15 Emmy Awards for her television writing and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has written the novel “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” and picture book “No Dogs Allowed!” In her memoir, “Becoming Marie: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx” (Scholastic), Manzano writes about growing up in the chaotic and boisterous 1950s Bronx while dreaming of becoming an actress.

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Sonia Manzano