She is in charge of uncovering the letters on the show’s big puzzle board and modeling an ever changing line of layouts. White is the mother-of two and, as an avid crocheter, has her very own yarn line called Vanna’s Choice.
After graduating from high school, White moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the Atlanta School of Style and worked as a model.
White returned to Hollywood with renewed resolution and earned a number of modest performing occupations in mostly forgettable movies, for example, character of Mickey in Gypsy Angels (1980); a bit part in Looker (1981), starring alongside Albert Finney; as well as the modest role of Doris in the high school thriller Graduation Day (1981). She also appeared in a single episode of the TV series Star of the Family in 1982.
After in 1982, nevertheless, White got the occupation that will make her profession. The show met with tremendous success during the following several years, and by 1986 a syndicated evening variation brought 30 million spectators, twice as many as the No. 2 syndicated program, M*A*S*H, and grossed $100 million a year. In 1999, its 16th year in syndication, Wheel of Fortune was seen by about 40 million individuals.
White’s place as hostess and chief letter-turner and model of an ever changing line of layouts on Wheel of Fortune immediately made her a huge star. Unexpectedly, “Vannamania” was sweeping the country, and White shortly earned several lucrative endorsement contracts and even starred in the NBC film Venus: The Goddess of Love. While more cynical media onlookers mocked White for her limited acting ability and her place on Wheel as a nonspeaking clotheshorse, many audience acquired a liking to her, due in no small part to her attractiveness, energy and continuous charm, and White became somewhat of an iconic figure in American pop culture. Her popularity peaked through the mid- to late 1980s.
A ghostwritten autobiography of the game show star, entitled Vanna Speaks, was released in 1987.
Of her longtime profession on Wheel of Fortune, White has said, “It Is not the most intellectual occupation in the world, but I do need to be aware of the letters.” She additionally once joked, “When I was having that alphabet soup, I never believed that it might pay off.”
White’s private life was marked by disaster in 1986, when her longtime fan, John Gibson, a soap opera performer and Chippendale dancer, perished in a plane crash.
In 1990, White wedded restauranteur George San Pietro. Their son, Nicholas, was created in 1992; a daughter, Giovanna, arrived in 1997. White and San Pietro divorced in 2002. Several years after, she became employed to fund mogul Michael Kaye, but the two never married.
An avid crocheter, White has her very own yarn line called Vanna’s Choice.