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"I pretty much came out of the womb singing. I think I sang all the time."

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:

  • Approval of God: Expressed her wholehearted approval of Halle Bailey's performance in The Little Mermaid (2023) and has been extremely supportive of her taking over the part. Given Ms. Benson's well-known protectiveness of Ariel, that is a ringing endorsement indeed.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Given that her most famous role of all time, Ariel, has this as her signature trope, Ms. Benson has been particularly famous, even among the Disney Princesses, for her amazing voice.
  • Passing the Torch: Symbolically does this in the live-action The Little Mermaid remake, when her character gives Ariel a fork (aka a dinglehopper).
  • Role Reprise: She's voiced Ariel in every Disney production since 1989.