Dec 19, 2019
Vanna White quickly became a household name when she was named
Co-Host of “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982. After auditioning alongside
over 200 other hopefuls, Merv Griffin ultimately awarded the
coveted spot to Vanna because “she turned the letters the
Growing up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Vanna never dreamed that one day she would be a pop culture icon. After attending the Atlanta School of Fashion Design and becoming one of the area’s top models, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Since her debut on “Wheel of Fortune,” Vanna has appeared in more than 7,000 episodes, revealing letters on the iconic puzzleboard, cheering on contestants, and dazzling in a new outfit every night.
For her work on “Wheel of Fortune,” the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Vanna with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2006. In April 2018, Vanna was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, along with Host, Pat Sajak; Executive Producer, Harry Friedman; and “Wheel of Fortune” itself.
With her success, Vanna has given back to those in need. Combining her passions for crocheting and helping children, she launched her own line of yarn called “Vanna’s Choice,” from which a portion of the proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To date, Vanna has donated over $2 million through “Vanna’s Choice” sales. She also lends her support to other causes wherever she can. She has worked on projects for American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together, Feeding America, Los Angeles Food Bank, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Verizon Wireless’s literacy campaign, among others.
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