The original story was written by Hans Christian Andersen, who was born on Apr. 2, 1805.
The Little Mermaid was given a happier ending when Disney adapted the story into a hit animated feature.
The actress who provided the Little Mermaid's voice in Disney's adaptation was Jodi Benson. A few years later, she helped bring another classic Hans Christian Andersen character to life as the voice of Thumbelina.