Born Vanna Marie Rosich on the 18th February 1957, in Conway, South Carolina USA, she is a television personality and actress, best known to the world as the host of the long-running popular TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” (1983-2018), while she is also known from playing Mickey in the film “Gypsy Angels” in 1980.
Early Life and Education
Vanna is the daughter of Miguel Angel Rosich and his now ex-wife Joan Marie; when Vanna was still an infant her parents divorced, and her mother then married Herbert Stackley White Jr., who worked as a real estate broker; as a result, Vanna took the surname from her stepfather. She grew up in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and following her completion of high school, Vanna moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she enrolled at the Atlanta School of Fashion. While studying she also modeled, and in 1978 participated in the Miss Georgia pageant. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career.
Before becoming a TV star, in 1980 Vanna secured her debut as Mickey in the film “Gypsy Angels”. The next year, she portrayed Devona in the television film “Midnight Offerings”, but in October 1982 she made headlines when chosen as the substitute host of the popular game show “Wheel of Fortune”, next to Vicki McCarty and Summer Bartholomew, and just two months later was named as the regular hostess.
“Wheel of Fortune”
Since becoming the regular hostess, Vanna has appeared in more than 6,500 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated show, and has herself received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the show. She is responsible for uncovering the letters on the show’s large puzzle board, and modeling an ever-changing line of designs. She is still under contract as the host of “Wheel of Fortune” until 2020.
Success Beside “Wheel of Fortune”
Vanna’s increasing popularity led to television appearances in such programs as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”, “Entertainment Tonight”, and also “Live! with Kelly”. Her acting career reached a new level when she made guest appearances in the TV series’ “Simon & Simon” in 1987, then “Santa Barbara” in 1988, and she also featured in the film “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” in 1994. Most recently, she appeared in the TV series “Fresh Off the Boat” in 2017.
Have You Wondered How Rich Vanna White Is?
Vanna has come a long way from her home in South Carolina to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Her success has made her rather rich, so let’s just see how rich exactly. Well, according to authoritative sources, Vanna’s net worth is estimated at $40 million, while her current yearly salary amounts to $8 million.
An Accomplished Author
Vanna wrote and published her autobiography “Vanna Speaks!” in 1987, which in no time became a best-seller, adding a considerable amount to her net worth.
Life Behind the Scene
Vanna’s life outside her professional career can’t be described as a happy one; she had several personal tragedies, including her mother’s death from ovarian cancer, and a miscarriage.
She was engaged to John Gibson in the mid- ‘80s, but he died in a plane crash in 1986. Vanna subsequently had two children, Giovanna and Nicholas from her marriage to Santo Pietro, which lasted from 1990 until 2002. After divorcing Santo Pietro, Vanna started a relationship with a businessman Michael Kaye, but after becoming engaged in 2004, the couple broke up in 2006, since when she has apparently remained officially single. When not working, Vanna is devoted to her hobbies, which includes crochet and knitting. She also has her own yarns line, entitled “Vanna’s Choice”, sold through Lion Brand Yarns.
Social Media Presence
Since gaining world fame through her television career, Vanna has managed to expand her influence to a social media platform. She has more than 13,000 followers on her official Twitter account, which she uses to promote her work, but also inform her most loyal fans of her endeavors in personal life.
— Vanna White (@TheVannaWhite) December 10, 2017
Fun Facts About Vanna White
- While in High School, Vanna was a cheerleader;
- In 1988, Weird Al Jankovic recorded the song “Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White” as a tribute to Vanna;
- She is an avid crochet and knitting enthusiast;
- Vanna was a big fan of “Wheel of Fortune”, even before becoming a hostess.