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Jodi Benson Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth, Marriage
Who is Jodi Benson?
Jodi Marie Benson is an American professional actress and singer. Best recognized for lending the voice of Princess Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and throughout its franchise, consisting of its sequel, prequel, and TV series spinoff. She additionally voiced the character Barbie in the 1999 Golden Globe-winning movie Toy Story 2, its 2010 Academy Award-winning sequel Toy Story 3, and in Toy Story cartoon Hawaiian Vacation. Benson was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her contribution to Disney.
Benson also voiced the spirited ”Weebo” in Disney’s live-action Flubber, starring Robin Williams. In 1994, she did the voice of Thumbelina, a Don Bluth animated feature movie with songs by Barry Manilow, for Warner Bros. She also has other projects including Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, Balto II: Wolf Quest, and Balto III: Wings of Change. Benson also appeared as Patrick Dempsey’s assistant Sam in Disney’s live-action feature movie Enchanted. As a Disney Legend, she additionally voiced Jane Doe and Patsy Smiles in Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazio. Jodi also voiced the character, Tula, in Hanna-Barbera’s animated series The Pirates of Dark Water.
How old is Jodi Benson?
Jodi Marie Marzorati was born on October 10, 1961, in Rockford, Illinois, U.S., and is aged 60 as of 2021. She shares her birthday with celebrities including Pressley Hosbach, Thomas Kuc, Fiona Frills, Geno Smith, David Lee Roth, Mario Lopez, Dan Stevens, Paul Kruger, Helen Hayes, Clare Hollingworth, Harold Pinter, among others.
Jodi Benson Family
Who are Jodi Benson’s parents?
Jodi Marie Marzorati was born in Rockford, Illinois to her parents Mr. and Mrs. Marzorati. Her parents are not well-known as she has not shared their information with the media. She was born and brought up in a Catholic environment, together with her siblings.
Does Jodi Benson have siblings?
Benson was born to her parents in a family of three children. She has two siblings namely Josh Marzorati and Hazel Marzorati, with who she grew up.
Jodi Benson Education
Benson attended her high school at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois, where she graduated. Later, she joined Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
Jodi Benson Height
Benson has a sexy, curvaceous, and beautiful body, adding up to an impressive height of 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m), and a weight of 58 Kg (127.6 lbs).
Jodi Benson career
Benson made her breakout in the 1983 Kenny Ortega-directed ”Marilyn: An American Fable”. Other Broadway projects comprise of a starring role in the 1986 Broadway musical Smile, where Benson introduced a song titled ”Disneyland”. Howard Ashman, the lyricist of Smile, would go on to write the lyrics for The Little Mermaid in 1987. Benson describes the song ”Disneyland” at the ”Smile” Reunion concert held on September 22, 2014, ”This is the first piece of the puzzle of my life, the first step of the journey, so to speak”. She also sings ”Disneyland” on a compilation CD titled Unsung Musicals. Jodi appeared in the Broadway musical, Welcome to the Club, together with Samuel E. Wright in 1989, who performed the voice for Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid.
Benson received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Polly Baker in Crazy For You in 1992. In 1998, she played the narrator in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She additionally portrayed the Queen in a one-night concert adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in May 2010, at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. On August 27, 2012, Benson was at the 2012 SYTA conference singing her signature track ”Part of Your World.” She has been the guest musician for the Candlelight Processional for five years at Walt Disney World inclusive of December 10-13, 2012. Also, she joined the ”2013 Spring Pops” on May 14-15, 2013 as a guest soloist along with the Boston Pops.
Jodi can be heard on more than a dozen recordings and has a six-part DVD series called Baby Faith from the creators of Baby Einstein. Benson’s animated television collections consist of the Emmy Award-winning Camp Lazio for the Cartoon Network, The Little Mermaid, Batman Beyond. As well as The Grim Adventures of Bily and Mandy, The Wild Thornberrys, Barbie, Hercules: Zero to Hero, P. J. Sparkles, and the series Sofia the First for Disney.
2014 to present
Benson has also performed on the concert stage as a concert soloist with symphonies all over the world such as The Boston Pops, The Philly Pops (conductor: Peter Nero), The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (conductor: John Mauceri). As well as The National Symphony (conductor: Marvin Hamlisch), Cleveland, Dallas, Tokyo, and the San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies. She also starred in the Kennedy Center Honors for Ginger Rogers, in addition to in Disney’s Premiere in Central Park with Pocahontas, The Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Spectacular, and Disney’s 100 Years of Magic. Jodi is the resident guest soloist for the Walt Disney Company/Disney Cruise Line and ambassador for feature animation. She performed the role of Ariel at the Hollywood Bowl’s concert performance of The Little Mermaid on June 6, 2016. Additionally, Benson made a special appearance in ABC’s 2019 live musical spectacular The Little Mermaid Live!
The Little Mermaid
Benson initially heard of the audition for The Little Mermaid via lyricist and playwright Howard Ashman in late 1986. The two had recently worked together in the Broadway program Smile until its run concluded early. Howard knew Benson would be the perfect match for the role and that she would be a great replica of Ariel. She sang a small section of ”Part of Your World” on tape after she heard the demo and it was then sent to Disney executives. Prior to her audition for The Little Mermaid, Benson was mainly a stage actress. This was Ashman’s first Disney project and Jodi won the role of Ariel in early 1988.
Jodi Benson Net Worth
Disney Legend, American actress and singer, Jodi has been active in her career from 1975 to the present. She has gained popularity for her music and voice acting in many animations and musical films and worked for Disney for more than 27 years. Benson has earned a great fortune throughout her life and career, earning a salary of $400,000 per year and having an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2021.
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