Susan Bennett

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Susan C. Bennett
Born 1948/1949 (age 66–67)[1]
Clinton, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1974–present
Known for Voice of Siri
Height 5' 5"
Weight 118 lb (54 kg)[2]
Website susancbennett.com

Susan Bennett (born 1948/1949) is an American voice-over artist. She is best known for being the female American voice of Apple's "Siri" since the service was introduced on the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born in Clinton, New York, and attended high school at Clinton Central School. In 1967, she enrolled in Pembroke College, but graduated in 1971 from Brown University after the two schools merged.[3]

While at Brown, Bennett concentrated her studies in the classics and intended to become a teacher. She acted in Sock and Buskin theatrical productions, was a member of a jazz band, and was a singer with the "Chattertocks" a cappella group.[3] She performed in other groups as well, including one at the Berklee School of Music.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Bennett's career began in 1974 when she was recorded as the voice of First National Bank of Atlanta's "Tillie the All-Time Teller."[4] She has recorded messages for the public address system in all Delta Air Lines terminals worldwide, as well as voicing e-learning software and GPS navigation software,[5] and telephone systems.[6] Bennett's voice has also been used in numerous local and national television advertisements for Ford, Coca-Cola, Fisher-Price, McDonald's, The Home Depot, Goodyear, VISA, Macy's, Hot Pockets, Club Med, and Cartoon Network, among others.

In June 2005, the software company ScanSoft was looking for someone to be the voice for a database project involving speech construction. Scansoft reached out to GM Voices and picked Bennett, who happened to be present when the scheduled voice-over artist was absent.[7] She worked in a home recording booth for the entire month of July 2005, more than four hours each day, reading phrases and sentences. The recordings were then concatenated into the various words, sentences, and paragraphs used in the Siri voice.[6] Bennett only became aware she was the voice of Siri when a friend contacted her through email in October 2011.

Despite Apple not having acknowledged and confirmed its use of Bennett, audio-forensics experts hired by CNN expressed 100 percent certainty that Bennett is the voice of Siri.[6]

Personal life[edit]

While at Brown University, Bennett met her first husband, Curt Bennett, who played in the National Hockey League[3] as well as for the United States national ice hockey team in the 1970s.[citation needed] Bennett now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has a son[7] and a pet tabby cat named Boo.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

On January 26, 2012 in an episode of The Big Bang Theory called The Beta Test Initiation, a reference to the real voice of Siri was made, where a woman that was purportedly the "voice of Siri" appeared, played by Becky O'Donohue.

On the March 13, 2015 episode of Adult Swim's The Jack and Triumph Show, titled "Siri", Bennett appeared as herself, and was referred to as the "voice of Siri".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet Susan Bennett: voice of Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant". Mail Online. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "RESUME". Susan Bennett - Voices & Vocals. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Nussenbaum, Kate (2013-10-22). "Alum revealed as voice of iPhone’s Siri". The Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Daniel (2013-10-04). "Susan Bennett confirms that she is the original voice of Apple's Siri (video)". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ Boone, John (2013-10-04). "Meet Siri: Susan Bennett Reveals Herself as the Mysterious Voice Behind the iPhone". E!. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  6. ^ a b c Ravitz, Jessica (2013-10-04). "'I'm the original voice of Siri'". CNN. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Susan Bennett". All Things Considered (National Public Radio via WNYC). December 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Susan Bennett [SiriouslySusan] (Jul 1, 2015). "Boo with his guitar & gold record, relaxing on a summer night." (Tweet). Retrieved September 6, 2015. 

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