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Overview (3)

Born in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Birth NameVanna Marie Rosich
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

In 1985, Tracy Vaccaro, and Jessie Eastland aka Robert Demeo took Vanna to dinner in Studio City, California. Tracy's former boyfriend: restaurateur George Santopietro was also on the guest list. Five years later George and Vanna were married. On May 15th, 2002 they were divorced. They have two children together. At this writing (2017) Vanna White is still the letter turner on one of the most successful game shows in television history: Wheel of Fortune.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Unknownian

Spouse (1)

George Santopietro (31 December 1990 - 15 May 2002) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Best known for turning the letters on the game show Wheel of Fortune (1983)

Trivia (26)

Former high school cheerleader.
Takes her computer with her "wherever she goes".
Gets her Christmas shopping done very early in the year (Spring/Summer).
Parents are Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich.
Has two children: Niko Santo Pietro and Gigi Santo Pietro.
She used to list her occupation on Wheel of Fortune (1983) as "Letter Turner" (prior to the touch-sensitive game-board); now identifies herself as "TV Performer".
In 1992, she was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as "Television's Most Frequent Clapper". Averaging 720 claps per episode, she puts her hands together more than 28,800 times per season.
On May 15, 2002, Vanna files for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court from restaurateur George Santopietro, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple separated in November. Vanna is seeking joint custody of their two children.
Vanna was immortalized in the song "Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White" by 'Weird Al' Yankovic on his album "Even Worse" (1988). They later had a scene together in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).
In 1987, disc jockey David Kolin, credited as Dr. Dave, released the 12-inch single "Vanna, Pick Me a Letter", a parody of the song "The Letter" about a contestant on the game show Wheel of Fortune (1983).
The Nintendo 64 video game "Paper Mario" features a minor character named Vanna T, who was likely named after Vanna White. She appears as the hostess for Chuck's Quismo's Quiz.
She was one of the first four contestants on an episode of The Price Is Right (1972) in 1980. She did not get out of Contestant's Row.
Often described as the niece of actor Christopher George and Nick George, and thus also of Christopher's wife Lynda Day George. Vanna has said that, although Christopher was not a biological relation of hers, "my mother grew up with his family. Years later in L.A., he and his wife took me under their wing".
Her blood type is AB+ (coincidentally, the same as her Wheel of Fortune (1983) co-host, Pat Sajak).
She was raised by her mother, Joan White, and her stepfather, Herbert White.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 20, 2006.
The 5,000th episode of Wheel of Fortune (1983), with her and her co-host Pat Sajak, aired on February 28, 2009.
She has Puerto Rican, German and Italian ancestry.
Celebrity spokesperson for SpringAir mattresses since 1986.
When she auditioned for "Wheel of Fortune", it was with 200 other women to replace Susan Stafford. It came down to her and a brunette, Vicki Iovine, who was also her friend. Merv Griffin selected her because he liked her chemistry with Pat Sajak and because he liked the way she turned letters.
She had posed for lingerie photos in her early days in Los Angeles, because she needed to pay her rent, but immediately regretted it. In 1987, Playboy bought the photos after Vanna had become famous on "Wheel of Fortune". She begged her friend Hugh Hefner not to publish the photos or put her on the cover, because she was afraid it would ruin her wholesome image and cost her her job. Hefner went ahead and published the photos anyway. Although, she didn't lose her job, she never spoke to him again, because the publicity embarrassed her. This incident inspired a joke on a 1988 episode of "Golden Girls" titled "Grab That Dough" where the lead characters are contestants on a game show, and Blanche mocks the game show hostess, "I thought the pictures of you in that sleazy, girly magazine was so tastefully done".
She was a huge fan of "Wheel of Fortune" even before she worked there. In fact, she wrote a letter to them asking to be a contestant, but she was living in Atlanta at the time, and the show wrote back saying she can call them when she's in Los Angeles.
She has never publicly mentioned her first film Gypsy Angels (1980), in which she cavorts in a G-string as a stripper, and there are fleeting glimpses of her breasts, and an erotic shower scene in which she is seen in silhouette. The film had a troubled production history and had a straight-to-video release in 1989, capitalizing on Vanna's fame, even though she finished her scenes nearly a decade earlier.
She has a younger brother, whose nickname is Chip, but real name is Herbert.
Favorite TV game show other than WoF is Jeopardy! (1984).
If she wasn't a hostess on Wheel of Fortune, she has said that she would be a real-estate broker.

Personal Quotes (4)

I enjoy getting dressed as a Barbie doll.
[on her job on Wheel of Fortune (1983)] It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters.
I smoked some pot with the two wilder girls and came home with such an intense case of the munchies that I ate an entire meatloaf.
Never do anything you don't want to do. Listen To your instincts and follow it.

Salary (1)

Gypsy Angels (1980) $12,000

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