How Old Is Vanna White And How Long Has She Been On Wheel Of Fortune?

Mervyn Griffin created the TV game show Wheel of Fortune which made it to the screen for the first time in 1975. But, for a great majority of the fans of the show, one of its co-hosts, Vanna White, may as well be its sole owner, all for the effervescence and unique vigor she tends to bring to every episode. She is also noted especially for her consistency in the program all these years (although you’d hardly ever hear her speak) and considering the number of years she has been seen on the show, side-by-side with her youthful looks and airs that never seem to subside, Vanna White’s age has actually been a subject of many discussions.

How old is the TV star really and for how long has she been on Wheel of Fortune? These and similar questions have been asked about Vanna in recent times. Here are the facts you need to know.

How Old Is Vanna White?

The TV star was born as Vanna Marie Rosich on February 18, 1957. Her birthplace is Conway Horry County in South Carolina, USA. The current coastal tourist city of North Myrtle Beach is where most of the stunner’s upbringing took place. Although Vanna White’s parents (Joan and Miguel Rosich) divorced when the future TV star was still less than 3 years of age, she is grateful to have had a caring stepfather in Herbert Stackley White Jr, who worked as a realtor in North Myrtle Beach. Eventually, Vanna would be taking her step-father’s surname.

While growing up, Vanna never expected to work on TV. Instead, after high school, she trained to become a fashion designer at the Atlanta School of Fashion. Then, her exquisite beauty attracted modeling opportunities to her which she didn’t hesitate to exploit. She also received a couple of minor roles in both films and TV before she finally got her Wheel of Fortune job.

At the age of 33, in 1990, Vanna White recorded another major mileage in her life when she married George San Pietro, a restaurant owner. The couple welcomed a son named Nicholas, two years into their marriage (1992) and a daughter named Giovanna who came along 5 years later on (1997). Then, they divorced in another 5 years in 2002.

See Also: Who Exactly Is Lisa De Vanna and What Is Her Total Assets & Salary?

READ   Kandi Burruss - Net Worth in 2020, Age & Kids

How Old Was Vanna White When She Started On Wheel of Fortune?

The Price Is Right 1980
Vanna White as a contestant on ‘The Price Is Right’ in 1980: Image source

Vanna White got her Wheel of Fortune job in 1982 at the age of 25. Although she said in a recent interview that she never expected to get the job, it seems as though the job sought her out instead.

In what may seem rhythmic, Vanna White was a contestant on the then CBS game show The Price Is Right, two years before she landed her job on Wheel of Fortune. That was in June 1980. Although she was not a winner in that episode on The Price Is Right, she left a lasting impression that has remained a reference point since then, especially once she began to get prominent via Wheel of Fortune. Not only was she among the first four contestants that day, but she manifested her signature energy when she ran briskly to take her position in the front row behind bidding podiums. Her demeanor was so spontaneous, passionate, and unforgettable that a clip of the scene would be featuring in a documentary in commemoration of the silver anniversary of The Price Is Right in 1996.

How Long Has She Been On Wheel Of Fortune?

In October 1982, the original hostess of Wheel of Fortune Susan Stafford left the show to pursue her academic career, creating a need for an adequate replacement. Out of over 200 ladies who applied for the job, only three (including Vanna White) were taken eventually to fill in the position temporarily. Three months later, Vanna became the only regular hostess of Wheel of Fortune out of the three ladies earlier chosen. So far, she has been doing the job for over 35 years!

Vanna began to serve on the game show when it aired on NBC and she has remained with them through its days on the CBS Channel and now in its syndication. She has since earned a number of recognitions. Of particular significance was when she entered the Guinness Book of World Record’s as ‘television’s most frequent clapper’ in 1992 with an average of 720 claps per episode. Her current contract on the show will expire in 2022 with a hope for renewal.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


Between Judge Judy and Judge Jerry Springer, Who has a Higher Net Worth ?

For nearly three decades, Judy Sheindlin has held sway as the most popular TV judge in the world. This is thanks to her courtroom...

Diana Ross Biography – Children, Husband and Family Members

Diana Ross is a legendary American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Ross is famous for being the lead singer of the popular 1960-70's...

Nadeshot Net Worth: A Look at 100 Thieves CEO’s Sources of Income

Professionally known as Nadeshot, Matthew Haag had a well-decorated competitive gaming career before retiring as a pro gamer in 2016. During this time, he...

What Is R Kelly’s Net Worth and Who Are His Wife and Kids?

R Kelly is a renowned American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and a former USBL professional basketball player. He is known for evergreen hits...

100 Thieves Net Worth: How Valuable is Nadeshot’s Gaming Organization?

A professional gaming company and lifestyle brand, 100 Thieves has been able to achieve a net worth estimated at $125 million in just a...

What is Joe Biden’s Net Worth and How Does It Compare to Other Past Presidents?

Following his victory in the hotly-contested 2020 U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden is set to take office as the 46th president of that great...

The Game Net Worth And How He Made A Fortune From Rap Music

The Game is an American rapper, producer and entrepreneur who has been widely credited for relaunching the West coast rap into the mainstream. He...

Miranda Cosgrove’s Net Worth: How the iCarly Star’s Wealth Has Accrued

When Nickelodeon is mentioned, what comes to mind is a bunch of kids playing around and having fun. The truth however is that these...

Larry David – Net Worth, Wife, and Relationship With Bernie Sanders

Larry David, born Lawrence Gene David on July 2, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York is a comedian, writer, actor and TV producer.  Let's take...

Kevin James Net Worth: How Much Money the Comedy Actor Is Worth Now

Throughout his comedy career that has spanned over three decades, Kevin James has dazzled millions of fans with his uncanny improv skills. From featuring...

Eric Andre Net Worth: How Much Money the Comedian Has Made

Eric Andre started his career with random stand-up comedy jobs and later diverted to commercial gigs. Before becoming a big name in the entertainment...

The 25 Richest Twitch Streamers and their Net Worth

Not long past, playing video games was a hobby that was guaranteed to fetch kids much scorn from their parents if they spend too...

Featured Today

Joel Osteen – Divorce Rumours, Wife & Net Worth in 2020

Over 7 million viewers weekly and more than 20 million monthly in over 100 countries across the globe tune in to listen to American...

Adam Lambert Net Worth: How Much Money the Former American Idol Finalist Has Now

There is no gainsaying the fact that Adam Lambert is one of the most successful products in the annals of American Idol. Since he...

What Is Wrong With Barron Trump, Is He Really Autistic? Where Is He Now?

Autism is prevalent and can affect people of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups. The disorder, which limits a person's ability to relate and...

Who Is Sandra Otterson? Her Personal Wealth, Life and Quick Facts

American adult star, Sandra Otterson, currently based in Arizona, USA has is worth about $5 million. Background and Career Sandra Otterson, popular with the name ‘Wifey‘...

Related Stories