[I need to] "go, go, go as far away as I can from this place where nothing changes."---Sonia Manzano, Emmy award winning actress and Pura Belpre Award winning author
Sonia Manzano is best known as “Maria” from the eternally popular “Sesame Street” TV show. BECOMING MARIA is her passionate and personal memoir. Although, the book briefly touches on her iconic role, this memoir is more about her troubled childhood; the family’s struggle with poverty in the south Bronx during the 1950s and 60s; her father’s drunken abusive rages; her long suffering mother; and the despair of thinking she would be stuck in that life forever. Television is her solace, her escape and her inspiration. She dreams of becoming an actress and changing her fate. With the help of teachers who recognized her talent and encouraged her, Sonia hones her craft and becomes an Emmy award winning actress and writer, and the inspiration of millions.
|Cast photo of Sesame Street|