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Jodi Marie Marzorati Benson (born October 10, 1961) is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. She's best known for voicing Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989), a role she's reprised in all future projects since, making her the longest running voice actress for a Disney Princess. She was born and raised in a Catholic environment, graduating from Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois. She married actor/singer Ray Benson in 1984. They have two children, McKinley and Delaney.

She has no relation to Robby Benson (the voice of the Beast), or Ashley Benson for that matter.


Here is a list of all the major works she's done:

Here are tropes associated with her:

  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Given that her most famous role of all time, Ariel, this is her signature trope, Ms. Benson has been particularly famous, even among the Disney Princesses, for her amazing voice.
  • Endearingly Dorky: She voices plenty of awkwardly endearing young characters with a ton of energy. She's also this in real life, being very geeky and a bit childish, yet still adorable.
  • Genki Girl: She voices plenty of spunky and energetic characters. She's also this in real life, showing great enthusiasm.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: At times, she gets hiccups from eating too much.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks 40, yet is actually 60. Older than she sounds, too, considering that she can still do the young Ariel's voice exactly the same way over thirty years later.
  • Role Reprise: She's voiced Ariel in every Disney production since 1989.