|Vanna White Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||February 18, 1957|
Vanna White is a popular American television 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 on several magazines such as the San Diego, Playboy, Esquire, and People.
Vanna Marie Rosich
Conway, South Carolina, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
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.
Actress, TV Personality, Model
- Father – Miguel Angel Rosich
- Mother – Joan Marie
- Others – Herbert Stackley White Jr. (Stepfather) (Former Real Estate Broker), Christopher George (Uncle) (Actor), Carlos Miguel Benigne Tomás Rosich Y Pasarell (Paternal Grandfather), Gloria Maria García (Paternal Grandmother)
She was previously represented by William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
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.
Race / Ethnicity
Vanna has Puerto Rican ancestry on her father’s side. She might also have some traces of Italian and German roots.
Dark Brown (Natural)
- High cheekbones
- Wide smile
Vanna has endorsed various brands like –
- Stove Top Stuffing (1986)
- Choice Hotels (1991)
- Cybersonic2 (Power Flosser) (1991)
- Vanna’s Choice Knitters (2007-2008)
Best Known 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)
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.
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.
Vanna White Favorite Things
- Movie – Imitation of Life
- Things To Wear – T-shirts, Baggy pajama bottoms
- Place – Italy
- Dress She Wore On The Show ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ – A white dress with pink feathers at the bottom
- Hobby – Crocheting
Vanna White Facts
- 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 prospective 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 was honored with 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.
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