16 Facts About Jodi Benson


Jodi Marie Benson is an American actress and singer.


Jodi Benson is best known for providing the voice of Ariel in Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid and throughout other films, including its sequel, prequel, and television series spin-off, as well as many other Disney works going up to the present day of the 2020s.


Jodi Benson gave voice to the spirited "Weebo" in Disney's live action Flubber, starring Robin Williams.


Jodi Benson appeared as Patrick Dempsey's assistant Sam in Disney's live-action feature film Enchanted.


Jodi Benson voiced the character Tula in Hanna-Barbera's animated series The Pirates of Dark Water.


Jodi Benson was born and raised in a Catholic family, graduating from Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois, and Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.


Jodi Benson made her debut in the 1983 Kenny Ortega-directed "Marilyn: An American Fable".


In 1989, Benson appeared in the Broadway musical, Welcome to the Club, alongside Samuel E Wright, who performed the voice for Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid.


In 1992, Jodi Benson received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Polly Baker in Crazy For You.


Jodi Benson played the narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1998.


Jodi Benson was at the 2012 SYTA conference singing her signature song "Part of Your World" on August 27,2012.


Jodi Benson starred in the Kennedy Center Honors for Ginger Rogers, and in Disney's Premiere in Central Park with Pocahontas, The Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Spectacular and Disney's 100 Years of Magic.


On June 6,2016, Jodi Benson performed the role of Ariel at the Hollywood Bowl's concert performance of The Little Mermaid.


In late 1986, Jodi Benson first heard of the audition for The Little Mermaid through lyricist and playwright Howard Ashman.


Jodi Benson knew she would be the perfect fit for the role and that she would be a great replica of Ariel.


In early 1988, Jodi Benson won the role of Ariel and has been voicing her ever since.