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"I pretty much came out of the womb singing. I think I sang all the time."
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Jodi Marie Benson (née Marzorati; born October 10, 1961) is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. She's best known for voicing Ariel from The Little Mermaid, 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.

On September 13, 2022, she published her memoir, Part of My World, which tells her story of how she went through life as well as her involvement with The Little Mermaid and other stage productions she did before and after.

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

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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.
  • I Am Not Spock: Completely averted. She knows that everyone will always think of her as Ariel, and she loves it. She absolutely adores the character, is well aware of the impact the film has had over the years, and absolutely loves getting to meet her fans, making a point to take the time to listen to everyone's story and to really reach out and connect with the fans who come to see her. And no matter how many times she does it, she will never, ever get tired of singing her signature song "Part of Your World".
  • Nice Girl: More like Nice Character, Even Nicer Actress. She is often described by her family, colleagues, and even fans who've met her personally as a woman who is just as (if not more) genial as many of the characters she portrays.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks 40 yet is actually in her 60s. 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.


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