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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.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Caroline in the City 1997 TV Series Mother
American Experience 1997 TV Series documentary Luella Day
Star Warped 1997 Video Game voice
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat 1995-1996 TV Series Voices / Girl 2 / Kids / ...
Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World 1995 Video Ariel (voice)
The Little Mermaid 1992-1994 TV Series Ariel
Thumbelina 1994 Thumbelina (voice)
The Pirates of Dark Water 1991-1993 TV Series Tula
Dance! Workout with Barbie 1992 Video short Barbie
P.J. Sparkles 1992 TV Movie P.J. Sparkles (voice)
Hunter 1991 TV Series Police Officer
The Little Mermaid 1989 Ariel (voice)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Lastelle's Mother (voice)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Lastelle's Mother (English version, voice)
Toy Story 4 2019 pre-production Barbie (voice)
Clarence 2016 TV Series Diana
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 TV Series Singing Teacher
Sofia the First 2013 TV Series Ariel
Secret of the Wings 2012 Healing Fairy (voice)
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 2012 Video Game Ariel (voice)
Kinect Disneyland Adventures 2011 Video Game Ariel (voice)
1320 2011 Nurse 1
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation 2011 Short Barbie (voice)
The Little Engine That Could 2011 Jillian (voice)
Toy Story 3 2010 Barbie (voice)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning 2008 Video Ariel (voice)
Enchanted 2007 Sam
Camp Lazlo! 2005-2007 TV Series Patsy Smiles Almondine Patsy ...
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ 2007 Video Game Ariel (English version, voice)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 2004-2006 TV Series Blue Fairy / Wife Alligator / Lady Admirer / ...
God Made Music 2006 Video short Narrator
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 Video Game Ariel / Vanessa (English version, voice)
Disney Princess Party: Volume Two 2005 Video Ariel (voice)
Balto III: Wings of Change 2004 Video Jenna (voice)
Sing Along Songs: Disney Princess - Once Upon a Dream 2004 Video short Ariel (voice)
Duck Dodgers 2003-2004 TV Series Princess Incense Captain Torelli
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege 2004 Video Game Mother (English version, voice)
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire 2003 TV Series Choir soloist
Mickey's PhilharMagic 2003 Short Ariel (voice)
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure 2003 Video Anita (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation 2003 Video short Leila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts 2003 Video short Leila / Martha / Sarah (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Not So Golden Calf 2003 Video short Leila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Rest Is Yet to Come 2003 Video short Leila / Martha (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth 2003 Video short Leila / Martha (voice)
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa 2002 TV Movie Lenee (voice)
House of Mouse 2001-2002 TV Series Belle Ariel
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Video Game Ariel (voice)
Balto: Wolf Quest 2002 Video Jenna (voice)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse 2001 Video Ariel (voice)
Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge 2001 Video Game Nasira (voice)
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 2001 Video Lady (voice)
The Christmas Lamb 2000 TV Movie Abigail / Mary / Laura Lamb (voice)
Batman Beyond 2000 TV Series Mareena Curry Aquagirl
Joseph: King of Dreams 2000 Video Asenath (voice)
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea 2000 Video Ariel (voice)
Grandia II 2000 Video Game Millenia / Reena (English version, voice)
The Wild Thornberrys 2000 TV Series Mother Cheetah
Giggles 1999 Video Ariel (voice)
Wish Upon a Starfish 1999 Video Ariel (voice)
Toy Story 2 1999 Tour Guide Barbie Barbie on Backpack (voice)
Hercules 1998-1999 TV Series Helen of Troy
Hercules: Zero to Hero 1999 Video Helen of Troy (voice)
A Bug's Life 1998 Video Game Atta (voice)
Pepper Ann 1998 TV Series Amber O'Malley
The Mighty Kong 1998 Video Ann Darrow (voice)
A Christmas Carol 1997 Video Belle (voice)
Flubber 1997 Weebo (voice)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sofia the First 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning 2008 Video performer: "Jump in the Line", "I Remember"
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 Video Game performer: "Part Of Your World"
Balto III: Wings of Change 2004 Video performer: "You Don't Have to Be a Hero"
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa 2002 TV Movie performer: "Believe In Santa"
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse 2001 Video performer: "The Best Christmas Of All"
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 2001 Video performer: "Welcome Home", "Always There"
Joseph: King of Dreams 2000 Video performer: "Bloom Reprise", "More Than You Take"
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea 2000 Video performer: "Down to the Sea", "For a Moment", "Here on the Land and Sea"
Hercules 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island 1998 Video performer: "We Live in Manhattan"
Thumbelina 1994 performer: "Thumbelina", "Soon", "Let Me Be Your Wings", "Let Me Be Your Wings Reprise"
The Little Mermaid 1992-1993 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special performer: "I Got Rhytm"
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas 1991 Video performer: "Starlight Theme"
Look Who's Talking Too 1990 performer: "I Enjoy Being A Girl"
The Little Mermaid 1989 performer: "Part of Your World" 1989, "Part of Your World Reprise" 1989, "Vanessa's Song" 1989 - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Herself
The View 2013 TV Series Herself
Toy Story 3: The Gang's All Here 2010 Video documentary short Herself / Barbie
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Herself
Made in Hollywood 2010 TV Series Herself
God Made Christmas 2006 Video short Herself
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' 2006 Video documentary Herself
God Made Animals 2005 Video short Herself - Host
God Made Familes 2004 Video short Herself
God Made Me 2004 Video short Herself - Host
God Made Babies 2004 Video short Herself
The Story Behind the Story 2002 Video documentary short Herself
Disney Through the Decades 2001 Video documentary short Host - 1980's
Under the Sea: The Making of Disney's Masterpiece 'The Little Mermaid' 1998 Video documentary short Herself
A Magical Walt Disney World Christmas 1997 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular 1996 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1995 TV Movie Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1992 TV Special Herself
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 TV Special Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 TV Movie Herself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Making of 'The Little Mermaid' 1989 TV Movie documentary Herself - 'Ariel'

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix 2013 Video Game Ariel
That Fellow in the Coat 2008-2010 TV Series Ariel
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories 2007 Video Game Ariel
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories 2004 Video Game Ariel
Very Merry Christmas Sing Along Songs 2003 Video Ariel
Hercules 1999 TV Series Helen of Troy
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Circle of Life 1994 Video short Ariel
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me 1993 Video short Ariel
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary Ariel

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children The 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

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short The 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
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Toy Story 3 (2010)
2001 Annie Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)


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#Fact
1 Appeared 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]
2 Has 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).
3 Was 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).
4 Gave birth to her second child, a daughter called Delaney (2001)
5 Loves to snow ski, hike, go to the movies, go bowling, read, and travel.
6 Her favorite scene in The Little Mermaid (1989) is singing the "Part of Your World" reprise upon the rock.
7 She 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.
8 Was nominated for Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Crazy for You."
9 (January 8, 1999) Son, Mckinley Benson born
10 Attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL
11 Won the Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress for playing Florence Vassey in Chess.
12 Received 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".

#Quote
1 I 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.
2 I 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.
3 I 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.
4 I 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.
5 For 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.
6 My 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.
7 When 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.
8 What 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.
9 We 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.
10 Ever 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.
11 I 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.
12 I can't sing, perform, do anything apart from Christ. I have no power or strength of my own.
13 I love working with talented young performers.
14 I pretty much came out of the womb singing. I think I sang all the time.
15 I can only speak for my husband and myself, but we don't feel like we could do any of this parenting without our faith.
16 All 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.
17 I was the original voice of Mattel's Barbie for an '80s claymation workout video.
18 I 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.'
19 I've done a variety of projects in different areas of the entertainment industry.
20 I think good entertainment makes you feel something... it can be a variety of different feelings.
21 I 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.
22 Homeschooling has given us some wonderful flexibility and some great life experiences, especially with our son.
23 I 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.
24 Anything 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.
25 What 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.
26 I 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.
27 I love working for Disney! They are my family.
28 Connecting 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.
29 I 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.
31 I 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.
32 The 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.
33 I homeschool, so the start of the day is reading Bible scripture, memorization, and prayer.
34 I 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.
35 I am blessed to perform in the studio and on the concert stage.

#Trademark
1 Her beautiful singing voice
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