17 Things You May Not Have Known About Vanna White

I make it a point to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with my boyfriend every night; we’re nerds like that. Wheel of Fortune has been on the air for 32 years, and somehow Vanna White has remained exactly the same. I wanted to know what her secret was and upon researching, I found out a few interesting tidbits you may not have known. I’m still looking for her secret to eternal youth.

Her Early Life:

  • Vanna was born Vanna Marie Rosich and is of Puerto Rican descent on her father’s side.
  • She took the last name of White from her step-father before becoming famous.

Her Love For Game Shows:

  • In a 1980 episode of The Price Is Right, Vanna appeared as a contestant. She didn’t get to play the full game, but she did get to run down to Contestant’s Row.
  • In 1982, Susan Stafford left Wheel and Vanna was chosen as a substitute until she was officially signed on in December of 1982.

Adventures in Other Media:

  • In 1981, Vanna had a supporting role in low-budget horror movie, Graduation Day.
  • In 1987, she was featured in an article in Playboy in a picture taken by her Chippendale boyfriend.
  • She released her autobiography, Vanna Speaks! in 1987.
  • In 1988, she starred in an NBC made-for-TV movie called Goddess of Love in which she played the goddess Venus.

Wheel of Fortune:

  • Vanna hasn’t turned a letter since 1997.
  • She turned the wrong letter on one episode, and the whole puzzle had to be thrown out.
  • She has never repeated an outfit.


  • The Guinness Book of World Records named her as Wheel of Fortune’s most frequent clapper.
    In 2006, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal Life:

  • Vanna White was engaged to Chippendale’s dancer/actor John Gibson, but he was killed in a plane crash in 1986.
  • Vanna announced her pregnancy on an episode of Wheel of Fortune when “Vanna’s pregnant” was an answer.
  • In addition to being a master letter-flipper, she is also a “crochet enthusiast” and has her line of yarns called “Vanna’s Choice”.
  • She sued Samsung Electronics for depicting her as a robot in a commercial. She was awarded $403,000 in damages.