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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

also known as Maria on Sesame Street
The Sesame Street character Maria Figueroa first appeared on the popular television show in 1971 and has been a staple of the series ever since.  She arrived on Sesame Street as a Puerto Rican teenager, taking a job at the Sesame Street Library. The library was later converted into the Fix-It Shop, where Maria was hired as Luis' helper. Luis promoted her to full partner in Episode 1563. She married Luis in 1988, becoming Maria Rodriguez and her mother came over from Puerto Rico for the ceremony. Later, Maria's pregnancy became a storyline on the show, and Maria and Luis had a daughter, Gabi, in 1989. Maria and her Sesame Street friends visited her family in Puerto Rico in 1979, for the first few episodes of Season 11.

also known as Susan on Sesame Street
The Sesame Street character Susan Robinson has been played by Loretta Long since the show's debut in 1969.  Susan is married to Gordon, and works as a nurse. In season 17, Susan and Gordon adopted a son, Miles. Susan's parents are Dorothy and Lee. They live in Michigan and visited Sesame Street in Episode 2125. In the earliest episodes of the show, Susan was a housewife. By Season 2, she became a public health nurse, so that the character might serve as a better role model for young girls in the viewing audience. Among her projects was offering a Measles Vaccination Clinic in Episode 0343. She also headlined her own album, Susan Sings Songs from Sesame Street, and had minor roles in both Sesame Street movies.
[Source: Muppet.Wikia.com]

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