Susan Alice (Cameron) Bennett
Bennett from a Voice of America interview.
|Born||July 31, 1949|
|Residence||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Known for||Voice of Siri|
|Home town||Clinton, New York, U.S.|
Susan Alice (Cameron) Bennett (born July 31, 1949) is an American voice-over artist and a former backup singer for Roy Orbison and Burt Bacharach. 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; Bennett was the voice of Apple's virtual assistant until the iOS 7 update was released on September 18, 2013.
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.
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." 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, and telephone systems. 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 inquired with GM Voices and selected Bennett, who happened to be present when the scheduled voice-over artist was absent. 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. Bennett only became aware she was the voice of Siri when a friend contacted her through email in October 2011.
While at Brown University, Bennett met her husband, Curt Bennett, who played in the National Hockey League as well as for the United States national ice hockey team in the 1970s. Bennett now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has a son.
In popular culture
- "Meet Susan Bennett: voice of Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant". Mail Online. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- Villarreal, Yvonne (19 October 2013). "Susan Bennett voices her feelings on being 'Siri classic'" – via LA Times.
- "The real voice of Siri explains the art of voiceover". 9 September 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- Vlahos, James (2019). Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Think, p. 111, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston and New York, 2019. ISBN 978-1-328-79930-2.
- Broussard, Mitchel (April 14, 2017). "Siri Voice Actress Susan Bennett Reveals More Details About the Origins of Apple's Virtual Assistant". MacRumors. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
- Nussenbaum, Kate (2013-10-22). "Alum revealed as voice of iPhone's Siri". The Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Cooper, Daniel (2013-10-04). "Susan Bennett confirms that she is the original voice of Apple's Siri (video)". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- Boone, John (2013-10-04). "Meet Siri: Susan Bennett Reveals Herself as the Mysterious Voice Behind the iPhone". E!. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- Ravitz, Jessica (2013-10-04). "'I'm the original voice of Siri'". CNN. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- "Interview with Susan Bennett". All Things Considered. National Public Radio via WNYC. December 9, 2013.
- "Meet the Voice of Siri", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bTymnb1uE Cnn.Com, Posted Oct 4, 2013, Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- ""Siri"". The Jack and Triuph Show. Season 01. Episode 04. 13 March 2015. Cartoon Network.
- "S1 E03 Episode 103". To Tell the Truth. June 14, 2016.
- Official website
- Susan Bennett on IMDb
- Laura Sydell (5 October 2015). "Hey Siri, What Did You Say? Why Computers Still Mispronounce Names". (audio story featuring the voices of Siri and Susan Bennett)