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Vanna White

Vanna WhiteAKA Vanna Marie Rosich

Born: 18-Feb-1957
Birthplace: North Myrtle Beach, SC

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Game Show Host

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Letter turner, Wheel of Fortune

Vanna White was a high school cheerleader, and her aunt and uncle were television actors (Christopher George of Rat Patrol and Lynda Day George of Mission: Impossible), so young Vanna was naturally inclined to try show business. In 1980, White played the female lead -- a young stripper in love with an amnesiac -- in an Alan Smithee film, Gypsy Angels. She then had tiny roles in her uncle's low-budget thriller, Graduation Day, and the somewhat-remembered Looker.

White had worked as a hand model, her lovely fingers pointing toward the product being sold, and she was a natural to replace Susan Stafford as Wheel of Fortune's letter-turner in 1982. When the Wheel added a prime time version in 1983, White became a top celebrity. She was also the object of a Weird Al Yankovic song, "Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White". On Wheel of Fortune, the letters are now electrically illuminated when White touches them, so it's no longer correct to refer to her as the show's letter-turner. "It's not the most intellectual job in the world... but I do have to know the letters".

Father: Herbert White Jr. (stepfather)
Mother: Joan
Husband: George Santopietro (m. 31-Dec-1990, div. 15-May-2002)
Son: Nicholas (b. 1994)
Daughter: Giovanna (b. 1997)
Boyfriend: Gordy Watson (1975-79)
Boyfriend: John Gibson (1981-86, d. 1986 airplane crash)
Boyfriend: John Corbett
Boyfriend: Stephen Samuels

    High School: North Myrtle Beach High School, North Myrtle Beach, SC

    Endorsement of McDonald's
    Caribou Club
    Miscarriage 1992
    Parodied As A Muppet Velma Blank

    TELEVISION
    Wheel of Fortune Letter Turner (1982-)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Double Dragon (4-Nov-1994) · Herself
    The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (18-Mar-1994) · Herself
    Goddess of Love (20-Nov-1988)
    Looker (30-Oct-1981)
    Graduation Day (1-May-1981) · Doris

Author of books:
Vanna Speaks (1987, memoir)


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