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Jodi Marie Marzorati was born on the 10th October 1961, in Rockford, Illinois USA, and is a stage, movie and voice actress as well as a singer. As Jodi Benson, she is most famous for being the trademark voice of several Disney’s characters, such as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” franchise, Thumbelina in “Thumbelina” (1994), Helen of Troy in the “Hercules” TV series, as well as Tour Guide Barbie in “Toy Story 2” (1999) and “Toy Story 3” (2010).

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this Grammy Award-winning actress has accumulated so far? How rich Jodi Benson is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total size of Jodi Benson’s net worth, as of early 2017, is over $5 million, acquired through her career in the movie-making industry which has been active since 1984.

Jodi Benson Net Worth $5 million

After high school, Jodi enrolled at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where she studied law at first. However, later she turned herself towards musical the theater program, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As an actress she debuted on the stage in 1983, starring in Kenny Ortega‘s Broadway play “Marilyn: An American Fable”, then in 1984, Jodi voice acted in the English language adaptation of the Japanese Sci-Fi animated adventure “Kaze no tani no Naushika” (“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”). These engagements provided the basis for Jodi Benson’s net worth.

During the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s, she continued to regularly appear on the stage in various Broadway productions, and in 1992 Jodi was honored with a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Crazy For You” musical. Apart from these, she also appeared in several other notable Broadway musicals, such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as well as “Smile” and “Welcome to the Club”. It is certain that all these performances have helped Jodi Benson to dramatically increase her fame and popularity as well as the total size of her wealth.

However, the real breakthrough in Jodi Benson’s professional acting career occurred in 1989, when she was cast for the voice of mermaid princess Ariel in Disney’s animated family movie – “The Little Mermaid”. She reprised her “voice role” in other motion pictures of The Little Mermaid franchise such as the eponymous TV series and several spin-offs, including “The Little Mermaid 2: Return of the Sea” and “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning”. Ever since, Jodi has been one of the trademark voices of Disney, and later Pixar, and has voiced several other famous Disney’s characters, such as Thumbelina in “Thumbelina” (1994), Weebo in “Flubber” (1997) as well as Barbie in the second and third sequels in “The Toy Story” movie franchise, and Sam in “Enchanted” (2007). It is certain that these are Jodi’s most notable and memorable roles so far which have helped her to increase her net worth by a large margin.

Apart from all those already mentioned above, Jodi Benson has also voice acted in several video games, such as “Batman Beyond”, “Kingdom Hearts” and its sequel “Kingdom Hearts II” as well as “Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey” and “Disney Magical World 2”. For her extraordinary contribution and dedication to The Walt Disney Company, in 2011 Jodi Benson was rewarded with the Disney Legends Award. Doubtlessly, all these achievements have impacted Jodi Benson’s net worth in a positive manner.

As a singer, Benson was featured on several Disney album releases as well as with various symphony orchestras, with which she has toured the globe, including The Philly Pops with Peter Nero, The National Symphony Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch as well as The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and The Boston Pops.

When it comes to her personal life, Jodi Benson has been married since 1984 to a musician, Asleep at the Wheel’s frontman Ray Benson, with whom she has a son and a daughter.

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 10, 1961
Birth place: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Profession:Voice Actor, Singer
Education:Millikin University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Ray Benson
Children:McKinley Benson, Delaney Benson
Movies:The Little Mermaid 1989 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea The Little Mermaid II: Return to... 2000 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Be... 2008 Thumbelina Thumbelina 1994 Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 2010 (2000)
TV shows:Disney's House of Mouse, Camp Lazlo, The Pirates of Dark Water, The Little Mermaid, Hercules
Albums:The Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea, more
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Appeared as part of a cast/crew panel discussion at the premiere of a revival/promotional screening of the 1989 Disney classic The Little Mermaid (1989) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on September 7th, 2006. [September 2006]
2Has voiced two heroines in animated feature films based on fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, "Ariel" from The Little Mermaid (1989), and "Thumbelina" from Thumbelina (1994).
3Was actually the first person considered to voice the part of "Belle" in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991), but lost the role to Paige O'Hara. However, she did lend her voice to "Belle" in several episodes of the original Disney cartoon series House of Mouse (2001).
4Gave birth to her second child, a daughter called Delaney (2001)
5Loves to snow ski, hike, go to the movies, go bowling, read, and travel.
6Her favorite scene in The Little Mermaid (1989) is singing the "Part of Your World" reprise upon the rock.
7She started majoring in Law at Millikin University, but after one semester she changed her major and became one of the first students in the BFA program for musical theater.
8Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Crazy for You."
9(January 8, 1999) Son, Mckinley Benson born
10Attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL
11Won the Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress for playing Florence Vassey in Chess.
12Received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for creating the starring role of "Polly Baker" in George Gershwin's "Crazy for You".


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Her beautiful singing voice


Quotes

#Quote
1I think God must have had something in mind for me that was not on my radar when I first started out in New York. Back then, doing animated voices meant your career was done - it was looked down upon.
2I have a studio at my house, and there is a sister studio for Disney which is about 45 minutes away, and we haven't dropped a beat. In the art of animation and voiceover work, you can pretty much work from anywhere.
3I was very flattered when Disney Junior reached out and invited me to come voice Ariel for this special primetime edition of 'Sofia the First.' As the parent myself, I really appreciate the positive messages that this animated series is trying to put out there.
4I grew up with 'Cinderella.' So that was my go-to Disney film, definitely. It was princess-related, and coming from a smaller area in Illinois and wanting to do something greater than myself in Broadway, that was a film that I could really relate to.
5For me, I was able to make that statement of faith early on when my career began, so there weren't really a lot of surprises. People around me knew where my husband Ray and I stood as far as my faith went.
6My husband has a gift for reaching out to people in need. I always look over and see him connecting to someone who needs to talk or needs some support.
7When I do my concerts, you have got to think about everything else; so you have got to think about your gown, your hair, your body, and how you present yourself on stage.
8What we try to do at Disney and through Disney character voices is really maintain the integrity of our classic characters at all costs. So Ariel needs to be me for every project, and if there are any other Ariels floating around out there, it's not necessarily Disney.
9We had put our son into a little preschool in Los Angeles, and it was just not going well, so we brought him back home. We had every intention of putting him back into a traditional school setting, but we just really couldn't find the right match for him. And then we moved to Georgia and again couldn't find the right match.
10Ever since the kids were babies, we have treated them with respect. We are the mom and dad for sure, but we look for opportunities for us to sit down and say, 'How are things going for you? Is there anything that we can do as parents to help you? Let's all come up with a solution together.' We work better as a team.
11I am a follower of Jesus. My husband really brought me to the Lord when I was 18 and I am so lucky to have a platform through the studio.
12I can't sing, perform, do anything apart from Christ. I have no power or strength of my own.
13I love working with talented young performers.
14I pretty much came out of the womb singing. I think I sang all the time.
15I can only speak for my husband and myself, but we don't feel like we could do any of this parenting without our faith.
16All I've been a part of has been thanks to the Disney company: the job, experience, travel, opportunities have come thanks to Disney. Working for Disney was not part of my original plan, but it was part of God's, and it shows that God is still moving.
17I was the original voice of Mattel's Barbie for an '80s claymation workout video.
18I remember when John Lasseter called me back in the late 1990s to personally invite me to come be the voice of Barbie in 'Toy Story 2.'
19I've done a variety of projects in different areas of the entertainment industry.
20I think good entertainment makes you feel something... it can be a variety of different feelings.
21I am really committed to my faith journey, and I am committed to my family. My husband and I have been married for almost 30 years, and we homeschool our kids. We have a different working-out-of the-box family, but we do make it work, obviously with God's grace, and we are very grateful for that.
22Homeschooling has given us some wonderful flexibility and some great life experiences, especially with our son.
23I want to live outside of the box, and I definitely don't want to put God in a box, so I want to be able to dream big and kind of let that go of my small-mindedness.
24Anything that has to do with Disney and Pixar, I am on board with. That is where my heart and family are. So when they call, I jump.
25What I look for in a project or partner is integrity and character; I love the concept of family entertainment and crosses over the generations, where you can sit kids with their grandparents and everyone has a good time. Those are the qualities that I want to bring to viewers.
26I was doing a Broadway musical called 'Smile' with Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch in 1984/5 when it abruptly closed. Howard was in the middle of pre-production for 'The Little Mermaid,' so he kindly invited all the girls in our cast to audition for the film.
27I love working for Disney! They are my family.
28Connecting with the kids is a great joy for me. I love meeting them backstage or at a signing event. I am overwhelmed when I meet kids who struggle with terminal illnesses.
29I really like worship music. It settles my soul. Gets me back on track. The lyrics are almost like a prayer, so it's my go-to.
30'The Little Mermaid' changed my life.
31I have a lot of mermaid stuff. I did start collecting a lot before I had children because I didn't know if I would have a boy or a girl. So I saved everything.
32The thing that I enjoy about animation is the fact that it is unbridled, and there are no boundaries; when you are in the room, you don't have to focus on your clothing, make-up, hair, your choreography or your blocking; you really do have total freedom.
33I homeschool, so the start of the day is reading Bible scripture, memorization, and prayer.
34I think God calls and encourages us to dream big, but sometimes we put God in a box in a very small way, when God wants us to look outside the box.
35I am blessed to perform in the studio and on the concert stage.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe Little Mermaid (1989)· Alan Menken (musical score and produced by)
· Howard Ashman (lyrics and produced by)
· Robert Kraft (produced by)
· Samuel E. Wright (performed by)
· Pat Carroll (performed by)
· Rene Auberjonois (performed by)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortThe Little Engine That Could (2011)· Alyson Stoner
· Whoopi Goldberg
· Jim Cummings
· Jeff Bennett
· Dominic Scott Kay
· Rodney Saulsberry
· Jamie Lee Curtis
· Charlie Schlatter
· Patrick Warburton
2011EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Animated FemaleToy Story 3 (2010)
2001AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature ProductionLady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Caroline in the City1997TV SeriesMother
American Experience1997TV Series documentaryLuella Day
Star Warped1997Video Game voice
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat1995-1996TV SeriesVoices / Girl 2 / Kids / ...
Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World1995VideoAriel (voice)
The Little Mermaid1992-1994TV SeriesAriel
Thumbelina1994Thumbelina (voice)
The Pirates of Dark Water1991-1993TV SeriesTula
Dance! Workout with Barbie1992Video shortBarbie
P.J. Sparkles1992TV MovieP.J. Sparkles (voice)
Hunter1991TV SeriesPolice Officer
The Little Mermaid1989Ariel (voice)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind1984Lastelle's Mother (voice)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind1984Lastelle's Mother (English version, voice)
Toy Story 42019pre-productionBarbie (voice)
Clarence2016TV SeriesDiana
Star vs. the Forces of Evil2015TV SeriesSinging Teacher
Sofia the First2013TV SeriesAriel
Secret of the Wings2012Healing Fairy (voice)
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom2012Video GameAriel (voice)
Kinect Disneyland Adventures2011Video GameAriel (voice)
13202011Nurse 1
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation2011ShortBarbie (voice)
The Little Engine That Could2011Jillian (voice)
Toy Story 32010Barbie (voice)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning2008VideoAriel (voice)
Enchanted2007Sam
Camp Lazlo!2005-2007TV SeriesPatsy Smiles Almondine Patsy ...
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameAriel (English version, voice)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2004-2006TV SeriesBlue Fairy / Wife Alligator / Lady Admirer / ...
God Made Music2006Video shortNarrator
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameAriel / Vanessa (English version, voice)
Disney Princess Party: Volume Two2005VideoAriel (voice)
Balto III: Wings of Change2004VideoJenna (voice)
Sing Along Songs: Disney Princess - Once Upon a Dream2004Video shortAriel (voice)
Duck Dodgers2003-2004TV SeriesPrincess Incense Captain Torelli
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege2004Video GameMother (English version, voice)
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire2003TV SeriesChoir soloist
Mickey's PhilharMagic2003ShortAriel (voice)
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure2003VideoAnita (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation2003Video shortLeila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts2003Video shortLeila / Martha / Sarah (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Not So Golden Calf2003Video shortLeila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Rest Is Yet to Come2003Video shortLeila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth2003Video shortLeila / Martha (voice)
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa2002TV MovieLenee (voice)
House of Mouse2001-2002TV SeriesBelle Ariel
Kingdom Hearts2002Video GameAriel (voice)
Balto: Wolf Quest2002VideoJenna (voice)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse2001VideoAriel (voice)
Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge2001Video GameNasira (voice)
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure2001VideoLady (voice)
The Christmas Lamb2000TV MovieAbigail / Mary / Laura Lamb (voice)
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesMareena Curry Aquagirl
Joseph: King of Dreams2000VideoAsenath (voice)
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea2000VideoAriel (voice)
Grandia II2000Video GameMillenia / Reena (English version, voice)
The Wild Thornberrys2000TV SeriesMother Cheetah
Giggles1999VideoAriel (voice)
Wish Upon a Starfish1999VideoAriel (voice)
Toy Story 21999Tour Guide Barbie Barbie on Backpack (voice)
Hercules1998-1999TV SeriesHelen of Troy
Hercules: Zero to Hero1999VideoHelen of Troy (voice)
A Bug's Life1998Video GameAtta (voice)
Pepper Ann1998TV SeriesAmber O'Malley
The Mighty Kong1998VideoAnn Darrow (voice)
A Christmas Carol1997VideoBelle (voice)
Flubber1997Weebo (voice)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sofia the First2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning2008Video performer: "Jump in the Line", "I Remember"
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video Game performer: "Part Of Your World"
Balto III: Wings of Change2004Video performer: "You Don't Have to Be a Hero"
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa2002TV Movie performer: "Believe In Santa"
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse2001Video performer: "The Best Christmas Of All"
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure2001Video performer: "Welcome Home", "Always There"
Joseph: King of Dreams2000Video performer: "Bloom Reprise", "More Than You Take"
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea2000Video performer: "Down to the Sea", "For a Moment", "Here on the Land and Sea"
Hercules1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island1998Video performer: "We Live in Manhattan"
Thumbelina1994performer: "Thumbelina", "Soon", "Let Me Be Your Wings", "Let Me Be Your Wings Reprise"
The Little Mermaid1992-1993TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV Special performer: "I Got Rhytm"
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas1991Video performer: "Starlight Theme"
Look Who's Talking Too1990performer: "I Enjoy Being A Girl"
The Little Mermaid1989performer: "Part of Your World" 1989, "Part of Your World Reprise" 1989, "Vanessa's Song" 1989 - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
The View2013TV SeriesHerself
Toy Story 3: The Gang's All Here2010Video documentary shortHerself / Barbie
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHerself
God Made Christmas2006Video shortHerself
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'2006Video documentaryHerself
God Made Animals2005Video shortHerself - Host
God Made Familes2004Video shortHerself
God Made Me2004Video shortHerself - Host
God Made Babies2004Video shortHerself
The Story Behind the Story2002Video documentary shortHerself
Disney Through the Decades2001Video documentary shortHost - 1980's
Under the Sea: The Making of Disney's Masterpiece 'The Little Mermaid'1998Video documentary shortHerself
A Magical Walt Disney World Christmas1997TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular1996TV MovieHerself - Performer
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1995TV MovieHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1992TV SpecialHerself
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1992TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHerself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Making of 'The Little Mermaid'1989TV Movie documentaryHerself - 'Ariel'

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix2013Video GameAriel
That Fellow in the Coat2008-2010TV SeriesAriel
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories2007Video GameAriel
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories2004Video GameAriel
Very Merry Christmas Sing Along Songs2003VideoAriel
Hercules1999TV SeriesHelen of Troy
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Circle of Life1994Video shortAriel
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me1993Video shortAriel
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentaryAriel

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