White, Vanna 1957-

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White, Vanna 1957-


Original name, Vanna Marie Rosich; born February 18, 1957, in North Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter of Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich; stepdaughter of Herbert Stackley White, Jr. (a cafe owner); married George Santopietro (an actor and restaurateur), December 31, 1990 (divorced, May 15, 2002); children: Nicholas, Giovanna, one stepson. Education: Attended Atlanta School of Fashion Design.


Actress and game show personality. Began career as a model, c. 1978; appeared in television commercials, Stove Top Stuffing, 1986, Choice Hotels, 1991, and Cybersonic2 power flosser, 2003; spokesperson for SpringAir mattresses, 1986—.

Awards, Honors:

Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2006.


Television Appearances; Series:

Letter turner, Wheel of Fortune, NBC, CBS, and syndicated, 1982—.

Voice of Lauri Sanders, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated; also known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet), 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

High school cheerleader, Midnight Offerings, 1981.

Venus, Goddess of Love, NBC, 1988.

Herself, Meet the Munceys, 1988.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Jay Leno Show, NBC, 1986.

Herself, The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1986.

Presenter, The 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1986.

Game Show Biz, 1987.

Bob Hope With His Beautiful Easter Bunnies and Other Friends, 1987.

Special guest, Totally Minnie (also known as Disney's "Totally Minnie"), 1987.

Host, The 1989 Clio Awards: The Best TV Commercials in the World, syndicated, 1989.

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, 1990.

Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years, 1990.

Presenter, The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991.

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1992.

Herself, "Words Up!," CBS Schoolbreak Special, 1992.

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards Presented by Footlocker, ABC, 1993.

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1995.

Merv Griffin's Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Live TV Special, syndicated, 1995.

A Salute to the American Red Cross, TNN, 1995.

Merv Griffin: Master of the Game, Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

Vanna White: Game Show Goddess, Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

The Great American History Quiz: Pursuit of Happiness, History Channel, 2000.

Presenter, The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2003.

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Herself, Contact: Talking to the Dead, ABC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The New Price is Right, CBS, 1980.

Herself, "The Big Apple: Part 1," Gimme a Break!, 1984.

"Ted Knight," This Is Your Life, 1984.

Herself, "Wheel of Fortune," The A-Team, NBC, 1986.

Herself, "The Day Garry Moved In," It's Garry Shandling's Show, Fox and Showtime, 1986.

Herself, "The Wheel of Misfortune," 227, 1986.

Herself, "Walking Point," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1987.

Herself, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1988.

Roxanne, "Cyrano de Mario," The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, syndicated, 1989.

Herself, "Vowel Play," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990.

The Howard Stern Show, 1990.

Herself, "God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990.

Coco/Helen Granowinner, "The Proposition," Marriedwith Children, Fox, 1993.

Mrs. Moffatt, "The Test," Full House, ABC, 1994.

"Donna Mills," Intimate Portrait, Lifetime, 1998.

Herself, "Chelsea Gets an Opinion," Style and Substance, CBS, 1998.

"Vanna White," Intimate Portrait, Lifetime, 1999.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1999.

Howard Stern, 1999.

Herself, "A&E Biography: Nina van Horn," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 2000.

Herself, "Inner Tube," The King of Queens, CBS, 2001.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, "Charity Season," Open Access, The Tennis Channel, 2006.

Film Appearances:

Mickey, Gypsy Angels, 1980 (some sources cite 1994).

Reston girl, Looker, Warner Bros., 1981.

Doris, Graduation Day, RCA/Columbia, 1981.

Herself, Double Dragon (also known as Double Dragon: The Movie), Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Herself, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Paramount, 1994.

Herself, Dirt Nap (also known as Two Tickets to Paradise), 2006.



Wrestlemania III, 1987.

Wrestlemania IV, 1988.

Also appeared in the Muppets music video She Drives Me Crazy.

Video Games:

Herself/hostess, Wheel of Fortune, 1998.



(With Patricia Romanowski) Vanna Speaks, Warner Books (New York City), 1987.

Vanna's Afghans A to Z: 52 Crochet Favorites, Oxmoor House (Birmingham, AL), 1994.

Vanna's Afghans All Through the House, Oxmoor House (Birmingham, AL), 1997.

Vanna's Favorite Gift Afghans, Oxmoor House (Birmingham, AL), 1998.

Vanna's Favorite Crochet Gifts, Oxmoor House (Birmingham, AL), 2001.



Notable Hispanic American Women, Book 2, Gale, 1998.