Susan Bennett: Life's Changed A Lot Since Revealed as Voice of Siri

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Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 01:51 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Susan Bennett, now known as the voice of Siri on Apple's iPhone, says life's been a bit different lately since revealing her vocal talent is behind the virtual assistant.

Siri, iPhone's voice-activated virtual assistant, launched in 2010. In the fall of 2011, iPhone 4S fully integrated Siri into the phone as one of its most popular new features.

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After she appeared on the network earlier this month, Bennett told CNN last week she received between 400 to 500 emails by the time she returned home. She said her husband Rick Hinkle has taken on the role of answering service, fielding calls for interviews.

"I thought I might get a couple e-mails," Bennett told CNN. "Maybe the (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) would want to do a little story. This is craziness."

Bennett told CNN she has begun to organize her new normal with the help of Monique Moss of Integrated PR of Los Angeles, going on to do the Top 10 list for "The Late Show with David Letterman," and smattering of other media interviews.

Singng in the choir at Brown University and starting her voiceover career purely by accident, Bennett told the Brown Daily Herald it was her time at the university that indirectly led her to current place in life. She graduated in 1971.

"I've always been interested in words and language," Bennett said, recalling her pursuit of Latin as a Brown student. "But I was mainly a singer."

Bennett told the newspaper she found work singing jingles after graduating and moving to Atlanta. She added that one day, a voice actor at the recording studio she worked at didn't show up for an appointment and she was asked to fill in because she "did not have an accent."

"I took some voice coaching lessons and just started to work," Bennett said to the Herald. She added that when Apple decided to use a human voice for Siri, one of its employees found her recordings on an agent's website "and just happened to choose it."

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