Voice of iPhone's 'Siri' Revealed

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(CNN) - You've heard her voice many times. You may have even asked her to help you find a good restaurant or directions. We're talking about Siri, iPhone's virtual assistant.

But who is the woman behind the famous voice? It turns out, it's Susan Bennett. She's a voice actress who lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

"The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, "isn't this you?' And because I didn't have the newest version of the iPhone, I went to the Apple site, and that's when I heard the voice and I went, oh, that is me!"

She says she actually started life as a machine quite young. She
was the voice of Tillie the All-Time Teller, the first ATM machine.

"(singing) I'm Tillie the all time teller. I work for First National Bank.

The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month. When she recorded those voices, she had absolutely no idea where they would end up.

She says her voice also can be heard on many GPS and telephone systems.

"When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest, it was a little creepy," she says. "I'm used to hearing my voice maybe in the airport. But this is a real thing that you can interact with in your hand was a little. It took some time for me to get used to it.
she and I are friends now."

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