Vanna White is an American actress and television personality best known in the world as the hostess of Wheel Of Fortune. She has been the hostess of the Wheel of Fortune since 1982. The time she has devoted to this program has brought her a lot of money and is the main source of her wealth.
As an actress, she played in Super Mario Bros Super Show, Married…With Children, Graduation Day, Simon and Simon, The King of Queens, Naked Gun 33? The last insult, Double Dragon, Goddess of Love, L.A. Law, 227, and Full House.
At the height of the popularity of the Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White became so popular that it was referenced quite significantly in popular culture.
She was featured in Nelly’s 2001 hit song, Ride Wit Me when he talked about sitting next to her on a flight in the first class cabin. Weird Al Yankovic, known for his comic-themed music, wrote a song called Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White. The song was covered on Weird Al’s Even Worse album, and these are just two examples among many others.
Vanna White is also a published author; she wrote the book Vanna Speaks in 1987. Her Speaks was a best-seller, another testimony to her fame.
Vanna White Bio & Wiki
Vanna White was born on February 18, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina as Vanna Marie Rosich to Joan Marie and Miguel Angel Rosich. Her father was of Puerto Rican and Croatian origin. However, her parents divorced when she was still a child and her mother remarried to Herbert Stackley White Jr., whose surname Vanna took. Her father-in-law was a real estate agent in the area that is now North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
As an actress, she has been active from 1980 to the present.
Vanna White Salary & Net Worth
Vanna White’s total net worth is $140 million. This is the result of her years on the Wheel of Fortune, where her annual salary was $8 million.
She also received $403,000 when she sued Samsung Electronics for presenting a parody of her in one of their ads in 1993.
The ad in question was a comic strip that showed a robot instead of Vanna, returning letters in a game show. Vanna alleged that her personality rights had been violated.
As a knitting and crochet enthusiast, she has a line of yarns through Lion Brand Yarns called “Vanna’s choice”. Its range of yarns is also an additional source of income for her, which is added to its overall net worth.
As expected, She also makes money through endorsements, reports, advertisements and sponsorships.
Vanna White Wheel of Fortune Beginnings
Before her debut at Wheel Of Fortune, Vanna first appeared in an episode of the game show – The Price Is Right on June 20, 1980. She was one of the first four competitors in the game. However, she lost the game in the middle of the episode.
Later, when Susan Stafford (the original hostess of the Wheel of Fortune) left the position in October 1982, Vanna was recruited as a replacement hostess. She is not the only one to have been recruited; Vicki McCarty and Summer Bartholomew have also been recruited as alternate hostesses. However, it is believed that the show’s popularity has skyrocketed because of Vanna. Later, she was offered a permanent position, which led her to work for a long time in the entertainment industry in general.
Vanna White Married, Boyfriend, Husband, Children & Family
Vanna’s boyfriend in the 1980s was a dancer, actor and Playgirl centerfold – John Gibson. The couple was very serious and ended up getting engaged. Unfortunately, their romantic story was shortened when John Gibson died in a plane crash in 1986.
After four years, Vanna married George Santo Pietro, owner of a restaurant, in 1990. She became pregnant with the couple’s first child in September 1992 and announced her pregnancy in an episode of Wheel Of Fortune, where “Vanna’s pregnant” was the answer to one of the enigmas. Unfortunately, she miscarried shortly after the episode was recorded.
She then gave birth to the couple’s first son, Nicholas in 1994 and their daughter, Giovanna – Gigi – in 1997. Unfortunately, the couple officially divorced in November 2002.
Subsequently, the television host became engaged to Michale Kaye, a businessman and senior partner in a leveraged buyout fund based in Southern California. Despite a two-year commitment, from 2004 to 2006, the couple never married.
Since then, Vanna White has chosen to keep her private life away from gossip magazines and the media.
Vanna White Height, Weight, Quick Facts
Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Body Type: Slim
Birth Place: Conway, South Carolina, United States Of America
Star Sign: Aquarius
Net Worth: $40million