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July 31, 1949 |
Clinton, Oneida County, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Known for||Voice of Siri|
Susan Bennett (born July 31, 1949, 68 years old) 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 until iOS 11.
Susan 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.
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. She performed in other groups as well, including one at the Berklee School of Music.
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 Cameron  and a pet tabby cat named Boo.
In popular culture
In July 2016 Bennett appeared on comedian Anthony Anderson's ABC game show To Tell the Truth, and was revealed as the true voice of Siri.
Bennett voiced Batman's computer in the 2017 animated feature film The Lego Batman Movie. Bennett used her Siri voice, but was credited as Siri as a joke. As an update for the iPhone, whenever the user says 'Hey Computer' to Siri, she will respond with Batman related things.
- "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.
- 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.
- Susan Bennett [@SiriouslySusan] (Jul 1, 2015). "Boo with his guitar & gold record, relaxing on a summer night" (Tweet). Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Twitter.
- "Meet the Voice of Siri", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bTymnb1uE Cnn.Com, Posted Oct 4, 2013, Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- Erao, Matthew (February 14, 2017). "Your iPhone Has a Funny LEGO Batman Easter Egg". Screen Rant.
- 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)