If you are a fan of American television game show, Wheel of Fortune, then you’ll certainly agree with me that Vanna White is a household name. She has been hosting Wheel of Fortune since 1982 and has continued to rise to the top of the show’s ladder with every passing year.
Best known as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune, White also banks as an actress and author. A beautiful American television personality, she found fame and fortune after she was made a regular hostess on the television game show.
Vanna White Biography
Vanna Marie Rosich was born to parents, Joan Marie and Miguel Angel Rosich, on February 18, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina. Joan and Miguel, however, separated not long after Vanna arrived. This led to Joan getting married to a real estate agent named Herbert Stackley White Jr.
Happy with her new marriage, Vanna’s mother dropped her former husband’s name from her daughter’s name and replaced it with White.
Vanna began showing passion for the entertainment sphere at a very young age. This made her enroll at Atlanta School of Fashion shortly after her high school graduation. While honing her fashion skills in Atlanta, Georgia, Vanna began working as a model.
In search of higher paying gigs, she moved to Hollywood and began taking minor acting roles in movies such as; Gypsy Angels (1980), Looker (1981), and Graduation Day (1981).
In the world of TV, Vanna became one of the contestants on the game show “The Price Is Right”, but was eliminated mid-way. Her next TV gig came in a 1982 episode of “Star of the Family”.
Breakthrough With Wheel of Fortune
Vanna’s early gigs may not have been highly lucrative, but they sure prepared her for an imminent breakthrough. There came a chance in 1982 to fill the hostess spot left behind by Susan Stafford on the game show “Wheel of Fortune” and Vanna was among the three chosen out of about 200 applicants. After three months of serving as a substitute co-host, Vanna snapped the job as the regular host of “Wheel of Fortune” which immediately became her breakthrough Hollywood gig.
Her charming charisma made her easily likeable by the fans and consequently the show’s ratings skyrocketed and of course, so did her paycheck. While justrichest.com cannot quite certify exactly how much she was paid in those early successful years, we do know that Wheel of Fortune garnered over 30 million viewers by 1986 and grossed about $100 million annually. With that annual revenue, you bet Vanna was receiving nothing less than a high six-figure paycheck.
In 1987, Vanna capitalized on her fame with the release of her autobiography, titled Vanna Speaks which became a best-seller!
Continued Success with Wheel of Fortune
Vanna is really good at what she does, at least her employers think so… As the new century beckoned accompanied by technology, many speculated Vanna would be relieved of her “turning letters” duty. However, critics were as surprised as Vanna when she remained on the show even with the adoption of computerized screens that could operate themselves. Apparently, a human factor like Vanna was still pertinent for the show’s success.
Vanna in 2013 told a reporter of her role; “The thing is, they really don’t need me. They could just use the computer. I’m glad they keep me around!” Who wouldn’t be…
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Vanna’s hosting duty comes with many perks, firstly, she gets to wear a new dress for every single episode. Newsflash! She has appeared in over 6,000 episodes. Secondly, her popularity on the show attracts lucrative endorsement partners and also avails her the opportunity to shill for her very own line of yarns called “Vanna’s Choice”. When not strutting her stuff on screen, Vanna enjoys crochet and knitting which birthed the successful Vanna’s Choice line.
Though Wheel of Fortune has been greatly lucrative, Vanna hasn’t ignored other show business opportunities. She has made cameo appearances in TV show episodes as well as movies including; “Venus: The Goddess of Love”, “L.A. Law”, “The King of Queens” and “Full House”.
As of 2013, Vanna earned $4 million annually from her hostess role, that year she was worth around $15 million. However, that paycheck has continued to enjoy a steady exponential growth. In recent times, Vanna receives about $8 million annually which brings her wealth to an estimated $35 million.
In 1993, Vanna added quite the boost to her earnings when she won a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics. The electronics makers had made a commercial featuring a smiling robot turning letters on a game show, a replica of what Vanna does on Wheel of Fortune and Vanna wasn’t having it as she wasn’t contacted for consent. The TV star filed a lawsuit and after numerous appeals were awarded $403,000 in damages.
In 1992, Vanna was recognized as “television’s most frequent clapper” by the Guinness Book of World Records. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
Vanna White’s Salary And Net Worth Earnings
White is not only an actress and TV personality, she also loves knitting. In fact, she owns her own crotchet and knitting line called ‘Vanna’s Choice”.
She banks a whopping $8 million annually from Wheels of Fortune show while her total wide-eyed earnings stand at $140 Million.
Who Was Her Husband And Do They Have Children?
If the information available on Vanna is anything to go by, then we can confirm that she’s currently single. Though single, the Wheel of Fortune show queen had married George Santo Pietro in December 1990.
White and Pietro, a restaurant owner, however, divorced in November 2002 to the amazement of their two children. She got hooked on Michale Kaye four years later and a relationship started between them.
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The actress and Kaye’s relationship blossomed from 2004 until in 2016, when the latter, a businessman working in Southern California, went his way. Though the couple had a happy relationship and even got engaged, they never made it to the altar.
As earlier mentioned, Vanna’s union with former husband Santo Pietro produced children. This was after she had a miscarriage sometime in 1992, announcing how excited she was on an episode of Wheel of Fortune. Their first child, Nicholas Santo Pietro was born in 1994 while his younger sister, Giovanna Santo Pietro was welcomed in 1997.