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Sesame Street's Maria (a.k.a. Sonia Manzano) Shares Her Favorite Big Bird Memory

Originally posted 05/02/2016 02:35PM

Sonia Manzano has changed addresses, but her heart still lives on Sesame Street.

The seasoned actress, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday's 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, tells PEOPLE that life has been "wonderful" – albeit a little less furry – since she retired from the show last summer.

"This is the best year of my life, and at the pace I'm going it might be my last," Manzano, who portrayed Maria for 44 years, joked. "I swear, I'm doing so many things and traveling around and promoting books. It's wonderful."

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Kelly Ripa Tells Michael Strahan 'Cheers to You' for Live! Emmy Win in the Wake of His Departure Drama

Originally posted 05/02/2016 10:35AM

Now that Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan have put the drama behind them over his departure from Live!", they have a bit of celebrating to do.

On Monday, Ripa and Strahan both walked out onto Live! With Kelly and Michael's set holding the Emmy statuettes they won at Sunday's ceremony.

Ripa, 45, asked the crowd what they did over the weekend before announcing, "We won an Emmy!" She then turned to her co-host, 44, and said, "Cheers to you" while tapping his award with hers.

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And the Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Are ...

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Daytime Emmys Awards 2015: And the Winners Are ...

Originally posted 04/26/2015 10:50PM

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Among the big winners were Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless (which took home the night's top honor in a rare tie), General Hospital (which snagged several acting awards among its 28 nominations), The Ellen DeGeneres Show, game show host Craig Ferguson and lifetime achievement award honoree Betty White, to name a few.

Read the highlights from the winners list below.

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What Can We Expect from Daytime Emmys Host Tyra Banks?

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Daytime Emmys Host Tyra Banks: I Want People to Say 'Has She Lost Her Mind?'

Originally posted 04/09/2015 12:10PM

Tyra Banks knows how to make a statement, and that's exactly what she plans on doing when she hosts the Daytime Emmys.

"I'm really excited because I like to shake things up," Banks tells PEOPLE of hosting the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in April. "I think being silly is so fun."

Though she says the show will still "give respect where it is due," the America's Next Top Model host is also looking forward to "pushing the envelope."

Banks told PEOPLE three things daytime fans can expect on the show.

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General Hospital Scores 28 Daytime Emmy Nominations

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General Hospital Scores 28 Daytime Emmy Nominations

Originally posted 03/31/2015 08:40PM

Tuesday was a good day for the cast and crew of General Hospital. The long-running soap opera picked up 28 Daytime Emmy nominations.

The awards will be held on April 26 and Betty White will be honored at the ceremony, where she'll be presented with a lifetime achievement award.

In other nods announced Tuesday, nominees for outstanding lead actress in a drama series are Maura West and Laura Wright for General Hospital, Alison Sweeney and Peggy McCay for Days of Our Lives, and Gina Tognoni for The Young and the Restless.

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Betty White to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards | Betty White

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Betty White to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Originally posted 03/16/2015 04:45PM

Betty White's illustrious career will be honored by the Daytime Emmy Awards on April 26, when she'll be granted the lifetime achievement award, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced in a press release.

White, 93, is in good company: she joins previous honorees including Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin and Regis Philbin.

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Sharon Osbourne Says Granddaughter Pearl Is 'Divine and Fearless' | Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne Says Granddaughter Pearl Is 'Divine and Fearless'

Originally posted 06/25/2014 11:45AM

"Her favorite thing is dive-bombing into the pool and swimming to the steps," the Talk co-host tells PEOPLE

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Is Your Favorite Daytime TV Obsession Nominated for a Daytime Emmy?

Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Are Revealed

Originally posted 05/01/2014 11:30AM

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations Thursday, which included a few high-profile selections.

Ellen DeGeneres may not have a nomination in the outstanding talk-show host category – but The Ellen DeGeneres Show led the talk-show field in total nominations, with nine. The host, who won that category from 2003 (when her show premiered) until 2008, has not submitted herself for nominations since and so she is not eligible to be nominated.

This year's outstanding talk-show host nominees include Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katie Couric, Rachael Ray, the hosts of The Talk (Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood) and the hosts of The View (Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and a retiring Barbara Walters).

Notable hosts who were not included are Queen Latifah and Wendy Williams.

In addition to DeGeneres's show, nominees in the outstanding talk show/entertainment category include Live! with Kelly and Michael, Rachael Ray, The Talk and The View.

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Will Days of Our Lives Star Chandler Massey Win Another Daytime Emmy?

Days of Our Lives' Chandler Massey Nominated for Daytime Emmy Three Years in a Row

Originally posted 05/01/2013 05:05PM

In 2012, Chandler Massey made history when he became the first actor to win a Daytime Emmy for portraying a gay character in the outstanding young actor category.

On Wednesday, he was nominated again.

"It feels great," Massey, 22, tells PEOPLE. "It's a huge honor and I'd love to have another piece of hardware but we'll see what happens in June."

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Young and the Restless vs. General Hospital for Top Daytime Emmy Nods

The Young and the Restless Earn Top Daytime Emmy Nods

Originally posted 05/01/2013 11:45AM

CBS soap The Young and the Restless leads the pack for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards with 23 nominations, the academy announced Wednesday. They are followed by ABC rival General Hospital with 19.

The award ceremony will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network HLN.

PBS' venerable children's show Sesame Street and the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives both earned 17 nominations.

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