Vanna White (born on February 18, 1957) is a popular American TV personality and movie star. Her profound appearances as a hostess on one of the most successful game shows, Wheel of Fortune, since 1982, have brought her the major acclaim. She has been a letter turner for over 3 decades on the game show. Vanna has also been featured in several magazines such as San Diego, Playboy, Esquire, and People. She was born on February 18, 1957, to Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich. Her first appearance on television came in 1980 as a participant in a game show The Price Is Right. Read in detail about Vanna White Bio, Age, Salary, Net Worth, Husband, Kids & Wiki.
Vanna’s career breakthrough came in 1982 when she became a hostess on the game show Wheel of Fortune. In addition to being a host, she has also done plenty of work as an actress, appearing in several television shows and movies so far. Coming towards her personal life, Vanna White remained married to restaurant owner George Santo Pietro from 1990 to 2002. While she has also dated actor John Gibson, businessman Michael Kaye, and John Donaldson.
On 11 February 2015, the Empire News web site published an article headlined “Vanna White Fired From Wheel of Fortune After Roulette Scandal” positing. Vanna White is sharing her holiday spirit with her followers. The Wheel of Fortune star posted her family’s Christmas card onto her social media. The keepsake featured her with her husband, John, and her two children, Gigi and Niko. The card also had a special message, “Wishing you love, joy and peace this holiday season.”. Vanna White Wheel of Fortune returned to primetime Thursday night for the premiere of the first-ever celebrity edition of the longtime-running, popular game show, hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna. After 37 years of revealing the letterboards, Vanna White hosted Wheel of Fortune for the first time. On Monday, White took over for Pat Sajak while the longtime host continues recovering from.
Vanna White Biography – Wiki
Vanna White is the longtime co-host of the popular game show ‘Wheel of Fortune.’
Vanna White Biography – Wiki
Vanna White When She First Started Wheel Of Fortune
|Full Name||Vanna Marie Rosich|
|Nick Name||Vanna White|
|Age||Vanna White is currently 63 according to her birthdate February 18, 1957|
|Famous For||Hosting Merv Griffin’s game show, Wheel of Fortune, for more than 3 decades|
Starring in several films such as Looker (1981), Midnight Offerings (1981), and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
|First Film||She made her debut film appearance as Mickey in the drama movie, Gypsy Angels, in 1980.|
|First TV Show||Vanna made her first TV show appearance in the game show The Price Is Right in 1980.|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Aquarius|
|Birth Place||Conway, South Carolina, USA|
|Date of Birth||18 February 1957|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Home Town||Conway, South Carolina, USA|
|Mother's Name||Joan Marie Rosich|
|Father's Name||Miguel Angel Rosich|
|Others||Herbert Stackley White Jr (Stepfather)|
|Siblings||Herbert 'Chip' (Younger Brother)|
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Husband/Spouse||George Santo Pietro (m. 1990-2002)|
|Partner||John Gibson (1981-1986)|
|Children||Gigi Santo Pietro (Daughter) (b. 1997), Niko Santo Pietro (Son) (b. 1994)|
|Educational Qualification||Vanna attended the North Myrtle Beach High School. She was also a high school cheerleader. Later, she went on to study at Atlanta School of Fashion.|
|Profession||Actress, TV Personality, Model|
|Brands Endorsed||Vanna has endorsed various brands like –|
Stove Top Stuffing (1986)
Choice Hotels (1991)
Cybersonic2 (Power Flosser) (1991)
Vanna’s Choice Knitters (2007-2008)
|Career Manager||Not Known|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters-168 cm|
in meters:1.68 m
in feet inches: 5′ 6″
|Weight (Approx.)||in kilograms-53 kg|
in pounds:117 lbs
|Personal Trainer||In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep her skin radiant, Vanna eats a lot of fruits including prunes. She does not believe in having a strict diet to lose weight and prefers to stay away from unhealthy food. She works out at home, goes for a run, and also works out with 10-pound dumbbells which she usually keeps in her dressing room.|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||White (Puerto Rican, German and Italian)|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Dress Size||Not Known|
|Distinctive Features||High cheekbones|
Vanna White, born on February 18, 1957, in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, worked as a professional model before joining the game show Wheel of Fortune in 1982 as co-host. She’s responsible for uncovering the letters on the show’s large puzzle board and modeling an ever-changing line of designs. White is the mother of two and, as an avid crocheter, has her own yarn line called Vanna’s Choice.
Vanna White Family, Education & More
Vanna White Family
Vanna White was born Vanna Marie Angel in Conway, South Carolina, to Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich. Her maternal father disappeared from her life shortly after her birth, and Vanna used her mother’s maiden name as her own for a short time, until her mother married Herbert White, who raised her. Vanna adopted her stepfather’s last name in the process. The family moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Herbert White became a successful real estate broker/owner of White’s Realty.
As a young adult, Vanna moved west to pursue a career where her good looks and pleasant personality would be appreciated. She quickly befriended other aspiring actresses in Hollywood and met the love of her life: John Gibson. Four years after Vanna won her spot on Wheel of Fortune, she and John were engaged, and within months of the engagement, John was killed in a private plane crash.
Vanna White Hot Images
Vanna White Hot Image
Vanna White Instagram
Vanna White shares a close bond with her family and often shares amazing pictures with them on her Instagram account. She has made her family proud by being one of the known actresses of the Hollywood industry. She is also active on social media and has accumulated nearly 45.7K followers on Instagram.
Vanna White Net Worth, House & Salary
|Estimated Net Worth in 2020||$70 mіllіоn (as in 2020)|
|Previous Year's Net Worth (2019)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actress, TV Personality, Model|
Vanna White is an American television personality, model, and actress best known as the hostess and puzzle-board turner of Wheel of Fortune. Vanna White has a net worth of $70 million dollars. Interestingly, that actually makes her slightly richer than her Wheel co-host Pat Sajak. Her additional net worth came from her previous marriage to a highly successful real estate developer/restaurateur named George Santo Pietro.
Vanna White House
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In 1993, Vanna successfully sued the Samsung Electronics corporation over a commercial after the company aired a commercial that featured a smiling robot that turned letters on a game show. White asserted that the company was using her likeness without permission. Incredibly, Vanna ended up winning the lawsuit after several appeals and was awarded $403,000 in damages.
Vanna White Marriage, Husband, Boyfriend And Children/ Kids
Vanna White With Her Children – Daughter And Son
White dated Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson in 1980, and they eventually became engaged. In 1986, Gibson was killed in a plane crash. White married restaurant owner George Santo Pietro in December 1990. White first became pregnant in September 1992, and announced her pregnancy on an episode of Wheel of Fortune where “Vanna’s pregnant” was the answer to a puzzle. She miscarried shortly after the episode’s taping. White later had a son, Nicholas, born in 1994 and a daughter, Giovanna (Gigi), born in 1997, from her marriage to Santo Pietro. The couple divorced in November 2002. From 2004 to 2006, she was engaged to businessman Michael Kaye, senior partner in a large leveraged buyout fund based in southern California. The two never wed.
In a conversation with Larry King, she indicated that her mother had told her that her uncle was actor Christopher George. Also, in that same conversation, she said that her kids come to Wheel of Fortune taping a lot, especially her daughter Giovanna, who appeared more than anyone else who is an audience member in the show. According to White, although George was not a biological relation of hers, her mother grew up with his family and, years later in Los Angeles, he and his wife took her under their wing.
Vanna has dated-
- Garrion Davis (Rumor)
- Gordy Watson (1976-1979) – The millionaire classic car dealer, Gordy Watson and Vanna White began dating after they met in a nightclub called TJ’s in 1976. Eventually, the two got engaged and lived together for around 4 years. However, they amicably parted ways after Vanna got into Hollywood.
- John Gibson (1982-1986) – Actor John Gibson and Vanna dated for 4 years after they had met in 1982 and then got engaged eventually. However, only a few months after their engagement, John passed away on May 17, 1986, in an unfortunate plane crash in Los Angeles.
- Corbin Bernsen (1985) – Actor Corbin Bernsen is believed to have dated Vanna for a short while in 1985.
- Dana Strum (1988) (Rumor)
- Sylvester Stallone (1988) – Actor Sylvester Stallone and Vanna had a fling during the 80s. According to some sources, the two had been spotted together on more than one occasion.
- George Santo Pietro (1990-2002) – Vanna started dating restaurant owner, George Santo Pietro, in 1990, whom she met coincidentally while dining at Studio City, California, with Tracy Vaccaro, who was Pietro’s ex-girlfriend, and Robert Demeo. They got married the same year and later Vanna suffered a miscarriage. Then, she gave birth to a boy named Nicholas (b. 1994) and a girl named Giovanna (b. 1997). Their relationship, however, ended in November 2002.
- John Corbett (2001-2002) – It was claimed by certain sources that Vanna started dating actor John Corbett in 2001 and the duo dated until 2002. But, nothing was confirmed about these claims.
- Colby Donaldson (2002) – Actor Colby Donaldson and Vanna were believed to have dated for a short while.
- Stephen Samuels (2003) – Vanna and actor Stephen Samuels had a fling in 2003. The two had a major age difference and Vanna, being the older one in the relationship, didn’t want to start a family at that age. So, despite being in love, they broke up.
- Michael Kaye (2004-2006) – Businessman Michael Kaye and Vanna made public announcements about their engagement in 2004. But, they separated in 2006.
- John Donaldson – As per her Instagram posts, she is in a relationship with contractor John Donaldson.
While reminiscing about her times as an actress, model, and American TV fixture, White has mentioned that one of the biggest things she regrets doing in her career was posing for a lingerie shoot in 1987. This shoot caused her to land on the controversial men’s magazine, Playboy. White has spoken about these racy photos in several interviews, claiming that they almost caused her to lose her job on the show. White sued both Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the magazine itself, hoping that the shoot won’t leave a damaging impact on her wholesome image. Both sides eventually dropped the lawsuits.
Vanna White Hosting Wheel of Fortune
Later in 1982, however, White got the job that would make her career. She was chosen out of 200 applicants to join new host and former weatherman, Pat Sajak, on the NBC game show, Wheel of Fortune, created by entertainment giant Merv Griffin. The show met with tremendous success over the next several years, and by 1986 a syndicated evening version attracted 30 million viewers, 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 approximately 40 million people.
White’s position as hostess and chief letter-turner and model of an ever-changing line of designs on Wheel of Fortune quickly made her a huge star. Suddenly, “Vannamania” was sweeping the nation, and White soon earned a number of lucrative endorsement contracts and even starred in the NBC movie Venus: The Goddess of Love. While more skeptical media observers mocked White for her limited acting ability and her position on Wheel as a non-speaking clotheshorse, the majority of viewers developed a liking to her, due in no small part to her beauty, energy, and constant charisma, and White became somewhat of an iconic figure in American pop culture. Her popularity peaked during the mid-to-late 1980s.
In 1992, White was recognized in The Guinness Book of World Records as TV’s most frequent clapper, with an average of 720 claps per show and over 28,000 per season. A ghostwritten autobiography of the game show star, entitled Vanna Speaks, was published in 1987. Of her longtime career on Wheel of Fortune, White has stated, “It’s not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters.” She also once joked, “When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.”
After more than three decades on air, White stepped into host Wheel of Fortune by herself when Sajak was hospitalized for emergency surgery in late 2019.
Some Known Facts About Vanna White
- Vanna was very young when her biological father left her mother. Later, her mother married a former real estate broker, Herbert White, and Vanna was raised by her stepfather.
- In the past, she had been given the honor of carrying an Olympic Torch.
- She is well-known among her friends for possessing the skills to play billiards.
- She is afraid of spiders.
- Vanna and her co-host Pat Sajak have the same blood group i.e. AB positive.
- In 1982, Vanna’s prospectives modeling career and talent earned her the spot as the hostess on the show, Wheel of Fortune, against 200 applicants who were there for the auditions.
- In 1978, she competed at the Miss Georgia pageant.
- The surname “White” was taken by Vanna from her stepfather’s last name.
- White was one of the first 4 contestants to audition on the game show The Price is Right on June 20, 1980, but unfortunately, she didn’t make it past the contestant’s row.
- It is believed that the popular game, Super Mario, has a character named “Vanna T” which is named after her.
- She had lent her voice to animated television series The Real Story of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
- Vanna and Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, were friends until Hugh used one of her pictures, despite her constant pleading against doing so, on the cover of the Playboy magazine’s May 1987 edition. After that, she never returned to the mansion.
- She won a spot in the Guinness World Records as the “most frequent clapper” in 1992.
- In 2013, she made an appearance on the WWE Hall of Fame show alongside several celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, and John Travolta.
- In 1998, Vanna received $403,000 from Samsung electronics after she filed a lawsuit against them for having caused damage to her image through a print ad that showcased a robot spinning letters.
- In 1987, DJ David Kolin released a parody titled Vanna, Pick Me a Letter in sync with the song The Letter by the band, The Box Tops. Later, in 1988 comedy, singer “Weird Al” Yankovic also released an original song titled Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White.
- In 1987, she published an autobiography titled Vanna Speaks!
- In 2013, she has honored a place in the Guinness World Records for having clapped for an estimated 3,480,864 times in 30 seasons, which was a whopping 606 claps per episode during 5,744 episodes that she had appeared in.
- In 2006, she earned a spot at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- It is believed that until 2017, Vanna had worn more than 6500 dresses over the span of 35 years that she had spent on the show and has never worn the same dress twice.
- She frequently donates parts of her profit from her yarn line called Vanna’s Choice to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Vanna White is someone you might not notice behind host Pat Sajak at first when tuning into the popular game show “Wheel of Fortune,” but her earnings from the show certainly command front and center attention!
How much is Vanna White paid a year?
Vanna has been turning (and now lighting up) letters for contestants for since 1982.
Vanna White posing with Pat Sajak and his daughter Maggie Sajak outside Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood on January 9, 2020
Wheel of Fortune is America’s longest-running syndicated game show and its popularity doesn’t appear to be waning, which is great news for White.
According to ABC News, she earns an eye-popping $4 million per year for her dazzling hostess role on the show.
How did Vanna White get her job?
Vanna didn’t set out to be a game show darling-she came from humble beginnings. Born in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she was raised by her mother and a stepfather, Herbert White Jr., whose last name she took as her own-White.
White’s birth father, Miguel Angel Rosich, and her mother, Joan, divorced when she was only an infant.
Vanna wanted to be an actress, a dream that didn’t come true in exactly the way she envisioned. White was first a model and pursued her education at The Atlanta School of Fashion and Design.
After participating in the Miss Georgia pageant in 1978 (she didn’t place), she packed up and moved to LA to pursue her dream of acting, but fate would send her in a different direction.
Vanna White starred as Venus in Goddess of Love, a 1988 American made-for-television fantasy film
Vanna White Hosting Wheel
White first appeared on another beloved game show known as “The Price is Right,” but not as a showcase hostess, but rather a contestant. She never made it on stage but that she loved the thrill of being on TV and the excitement of the game show atmosphere.
Vanna went on from this experience and landed a few small parts in the movies “Looker,” “Graduation Day,” and “Double Dragon,” and some up and coming TV shows such as “Married With Children,” “L.A. Law,” and “Full House,” but never became a regular or the featured star in any of them.
Vanessa White starred in “The Test,” the fifteenth episode of season seven on Full House
White’s lucky break came when she was asked to fill in as a guest host on The Wheel of Fortune in October 1982 and by that December she was signed on as the permanent hostess. As of today, her contract on The Wheel of Fortune extends to May 2022.
Is Vanna White still married?
Vanna’s personal life has been rocky with heartbreak, several engagements, and one failed marriage. Maryland lottery results app.
In the early 1980’s White was engaged to a Playgirl centerfold named John Gibson. Gibson, who was also a Chippendale’s dancer, was later killed in a plane crash.
White then married a well- known restaurant owner named George Santo Pietro in 1990. The couple went on to have two children, Nicholas, born in 1994, and Giovanna, born in 1997, who make frequent appearances at tapings of the show.
George Santo Pietro and Vanna White during 16th Carousel of Hope Presented by Mercedes-Benz to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on October 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California
Vanna sadly lost her first child to a miscarriage in 1992 after announcing her pregnancy on the show in a puzzle. She and her husband divorced in 2002.
Vanna was engaged after her marriage ended but it never evolved into marriage. In 2004 she got engaged to businessman Michael Kaye, but that relationship ended in 2006.
Since 2012, she has been in a relationship with John Donaldson, who works as a contractor.
John Donaldson (R) and his girlfriend Vanna White at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 3, 2017, in Los Angeles, California
“He is kind, understanding, and lets me be me,” she told Closer Weekly in a 2017 interview.
“The biggest surprise to my fans is probably how simple I live in real life. I’m a real down-to-earth girl. I usually spend my days without makeup, wearing tennis shoes. I love the outdoors. I love waking up early when it’s quiet, going out on the balcony to hear the birds sing.”
Vanna White’s 1987 Playboy cover
White’s public persona pretty much represents exactly who she is in real life. The closest she has ever come to a scandal was when some lingerie pictures she posed for pre-Wheel fame were published in Playboy magazine in 1987.
She reportedly posed for the racy photos to pay her rent instead of asking her father for money. The magazine is still available on Amazon.
She had been friends with Hugh Hefner, the Playboy empire mogul, up until the time he decided to put her on the cover of that famed issue of Playboy. That decision ended their friendship.
She asked him not to publish those photos due to her blossoming career on The Wheel of Fortune, because she was afraid it would ruin her-the move by Hefner actually helped her career by boosting her popularity.
“I did something I shouldn’t have done,” she told Fox News in 2017. She remembered “going on ‘Johnny Carson’ and saying, ‘I’m so sorry … I made a mistake, I’m sorry and I just hope I don’t lose my job over it.’”
Vanna White’s hobbies are crocheting and real estate
In her free time, Vanna’s hobbies are very ordinary and unlikely to draw any unwanted attention to the star. She picked up crocheting very early on in her life from her grandmother and continues the hobby to this day.
The American television personality even has her own brand of yarn called Vanna’s Choice and has been asked to endorse several crochet books over the years.
Vanna White with her children Nikko Santo and Gigi Santo Pietro
Another interest of White’s is real estate-which she gained second- hand knowledge from by watching her stepfather, Herbert White, Jr, a real estate broker, secure deals in for many many years. Vanna is known to invest in apartment buildings and “flip” houses to make a profit.
Did Pat Sajak and Vanna White ever date?
Over the years there has been much speculation on whether Vanna White and Pat Sajak ever had a romantic relationship. Sajak, who has been married twice, is currently married to his second wife, Lesly Brown since 1989. They share two children, Patrick and Maggie.
The hosts of Wheel of Fortune Vanna White (L) and Pat Sajak are honored by Gray Line New York’s Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012, in New York City
In a 2019 interview with Fox News, Vanna stated, as she has over the four decades they have spent working together, that she and Pat are nothing more than good friends.
She stated that they have only ever “had one fight,” and that was over her putting ketchup on her hot dog, something which Sajak personally finds distasteful.
How many times does Vanna White clap?
Vanna’s long-standing career on The Wheel of Fortune has made her famous in another arena-The Guinness Book of World Records for clapping!
White is always seen clapping for each contestant as they spin the wheel and buy the vowels-based upon all her appearances it was estimated that Vanna claps on average 606 times per show. That is a lot of clapping and she has gained much-deserved notoriety from her enthusiasm.
Does Vanna White wear a dress more than once?
And what about her fabulous wardrobe? Her dresses are full of sparkle and glitz and she has never worn one more than once. Vanna gets to personally select her own gowns and has worn a whopping 6,500 of them.
She only has about ten minutes to change in and out of her beautifully selected gowns in between tapings which are done six shows a day, four days a month. Unfortunately, the gowns are not hers to keep-she returns them after each taping.
Vanessa White Wheel Of Fortune
What is Wheel Of Fortune star Vanna White’s net worth?
Vanna White has stood the test of time in television-not many people in the industry can boast a 35- year career on the same show, in the same character.
She has made her way into our homes and our hearts with her sweet “girl next door” personality that is as real in life as it is on screen.
With her unwavering popularity, we will no doubt be seeing plenty of Vanna White touching letters and clapping for excited contestants on The Wheel of Fortune for many years to come. Most analysts believe her net worth is around $70 million.
Vanna White First Wheel Of Fortune
Does Vanna White have a star on the Walk of Fame?
Yes, she was honored with the 2,309th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard on April 20, 2006. Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, presided over the ceremony.
Vanna White First Episode Of Wheel Of Fortune
Guests at the ceremony included Wheel of Fortune’s creator Merv Griffin, Pat Sajak, and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
Alex Trebek, Merv Griffin and Pat Sajak joined Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White at a ceremony to honor her with the 2,309th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 20, 2006
Vanna White First Wheel Of Fortune
Vanna White Facts
|How much is Vanna White's net worth?||$70 million|
|Full Name:||Vanna Marie White (born Vanna Marie Rosich)|
|Born:||February 18, 1957, in Conway, SC|
|Husband:||George Santo Pietro (m. 1990–2002)|
|Kids:||Gigi Santo Pietro and Nikko Santo Pietro|
|Weight:||105 lbs / 48 kg|
|Feet/Shoe Size:||7.5 (US)|
|Height:||5’6″ (167 cm)|
|Source of Wealth:||Wheel of Fortune|
|Ethnicity/Race:||Spanish and mixed European|
|Was Vanna White a contestant on The Price is Right?||Yes, she was a contestant on The Price is Right in 1980. Unfortunately, she didn’t win anything on the iconic game show.|
|Is Vanna White a robot?||No, she is not. However, Vanna sued Samsung Electronics in 1993 over its use of an advertisement in the October 1988 issue of Smithsonian magazine featuring a robot turning letters on a game show.|