Meet Vanna White, the beloved American model and television personality best known as the charming hostess of the long-running game show, Wheel of Fortune. Born as Vanna Marie Rosich on February 18, 1957, in Horry County, South Carolina, she had a loving upbringing by her mother Joan and stepfather Herbert White Jr. after her parents’ divorce during her early childhood. On April 1, 2022, Herbert White Jr. sadly passed away.
Vanna’s journey to stardom began in her high school days in South Carolina, and later she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she pursued modeling and attended The Atlanta School of Fashion and Design. However, her true ambition was to become an actress, leading her to move to Los Angeles in 1979 to pursue her dreams.
Her career took off when she participated in the Miss Georgia USA 1978 pageant and made her television debut in 1980 on The Price Is Right. Though she didn’t make it on stage, her memorable sprint to Contestants’ Row was later featured on The Price Is Right 25th Anniversary Special in August 1996.
In addition to her game show appearances, Vanna White had some ventures in the film industry, with roles in movies like “Looker” and “Graduation Day.” She also authored her autobiography, “Vanna White Speaks!” which became a best-seller. In 1987, she appeared in a Playboy pictorial that featured pre-Wheel of Fortune photos of her wearing transparent underwear.
Vanna’s success as a television personality and actress has significantly contributed to her impressive net worth, estimated to be around $85 million.
In her personal life, Vanna White has experienced both joy and heartache. In the 1980s, she was engaged to actor and former Chippendales dancer John Gibson, but tragically, he died in a plane accident in 1986. Later, she married George Santo Pietro, with whom she had two children, Nicholas (Niko) in 1994 and Giovanna (Gigi) in 1997. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in divorce in November 2002. Afterward, she was engaged to Michael Kaye but never married him. Currently, she is dating contractor John Donaldson, with whom she started a relationship in 2012.
If you want to keep up with Vanna White, you can follow her on Instagram (@officialvannawhite) and Twitter (@TheVannaWhite) for updates and insights into her life.
Vanna White’s warm and charismatic presence on Wheel of Fortune has made her a household name and an inspiration to many aspiring entertainers. With her unwavering spirit and dedication to her craft, she continues to shine as one of America’s most beloved television personalities.