Manzano, a former HOLA Award honoree, retired after almost 45 years of being on the show last summer; during her tenure on the program, she has shared in 15 Emmys for her work as a writer on the groundbreaking public television show. She was also nominated twice for Daytime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series.
"Sonia not only brought the life events of marriage, having a baby and being a mother to viewers young and old, she also brought a seldom-seen diversity, a Latin role model, unlike anything on television at the time." –BOB MAURO, President of the National Association of Television Arts and SciencesA community activist and author, Manzano wrote a memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, that was published in August by Scholastic Press. For more information, click here or here.