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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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5 Things You Should Know About the Man Behind Big Bird | Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Big Bird

5 Things to Know About the Man Behind Big Bird

Originally posted 05/15/2015 04:55PM

Caroll Spinney has played one of the most iconic characters on American television for over 45 years, but he knows you probably don't know his name.

The puppeteer, 81, has voiced and provided the movements for Sesame Street's Big Bird since the show hit the air in 1969.

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Why Is Michelle Obama Slow-Dancing with Big Bird on Billy on the Street?

See Michelle Obama Slow-Dance with Big Bird on Billy on the Street

Originally posted 02/17/2015 12:45PM

Billy Eichner started off 2015 with a boom.

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The Real Winner of the Presidential Debate? Big Bird ... According to Twitter | Barack Obama, Big Bird, Mitt Romney

UpdatePosted 10/04/2012 04:15PM

Presidential Debate Winner: Big Bird (According to Twitter)

Originally posted 10/04/2012 11:45AM

During the first of three presidential debates Wednesday night, the hottest topic on social media wasn't the economy. It wasn't job creation. It wasn't even the word "trillion" – although that word got thrown around a lot.

It was the 8'2" yellow feathered Muppet, Big Bird.

While debating President Barack Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would cut programs funded by borrowed dollars from China – PBS included. "I like PBS, I love Big Bird," Romney said, "but I'm not going to keep on spending money on things, to borrow money from China to pay for it."

The comment ignited a firestorm, with parody accounts for Big Bird and his fellow, presumed unemployed Sesame Street residents springing up immediately, and Twitter's best snarkologists – and celebrities – took to the social network to share their thoughts on the childhood icon's endangered status.

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Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Turn 40!

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Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Mark the Big 4-0

Originally posted 11/09/2009 08:45AM

Oscar the Grouch had better behave – and keep his political opinions to himself.

On Tuesday, to mark the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking children's program Sesame Street, some very special guests pay a visit, including First Lady Michelle Obama. According to previews circulating the Net, she meets Big Bird – who observes that the two of them are tall.

Mrs. Obama also delivers a message that may not entirely sit well with Cookie Monster.

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