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 White because "she turned the letters the best."
Growing up in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, White 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," White has appeared in more than 7,000 episodes of America's Game®, revealing letters on the iconic puzzle board, cheering on contestants and dazzling in a new outfit every night. In 2019, White stepped into the host position for three weeks of shows while Pat Sajak was recovering from emergency surgery.
For her work on "Wheel of Fortune," the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored White with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2006. In April 2018, she was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame along with host Pat Sajak, former executive producer Harry Friedman and "Wheel of Fortune" itself. She is also the godmother of Carnival's newest ship, The Panorama, and christened the ship in December 2019.
With her success, White 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, White 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.