Vanna White Biography


Vanna White

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Birth Name: Vanna White
Date of birth:
Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Birth Sign: aquarius
Age:   61 Years
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Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Vanna White is an actress and television personality from the United States. She is mainly popular as the host of the show, Wheel of Fortune. She is also famous for her autobiography, 'Vanna Speaks!'. Charming Vanna was born as Vanna Marie Rosich in Conway, South Carolina, the United States of America on the laps of Miguel Angel Rosich and Joan Marie Rosich. She is an American and is of Puerto Rican, Italian, German and Croatian descent.

In the early 1980s, Vanna began dating John Gibson. John Gibson was a dancer turned actor. After being in love for several years, they got engaged in the mid-1980s, their relationship ended after he was killed in a plane crash in 1986.

After spending a mournful life for several years, Vanna finally got married to George Santo Pietro. George Santo Pietro is a restaurant owner. They got married on 31st of December 1990. The couple is parents to two children, son Nicholas and daughter Giovanna. However, this married life came to an end in 2002 and they finally got divorced on 15th of May 2002.

Two years later, Vanna got engaged to Michael Kaye. Michael Kaye is also a businessman and he a senior partner in a large leveraged buyout fund. They got engaged for about two years from 2004 to 2006 but they never got married.

Vanna has been active in the television since 1980. On 20th of June 1980, she took part in a game show, The Price Is Right as one of the contestants of the show but she did not make it onstage. In October 1982, when host Susan Stafford left the show Wheel of Fortune, she was chosen as one of the substitute co-hosts of the show and later on 13th of December 1982, she was announced as the regular host.

Vanna has also made cameo appearances on TV shows like L.A. Law, 227, The King of Queens and Full House, and on films like Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult, Double Dragon. She rose to fame after the syndicated version of this show was released at the end of 1983. She has also posed for Playboy pictorial in 1987.

Her net worth is said to be around $40 million. However, several sources claim her to be worth over $50 million. Vanna makes most of her fortune from her hit show The Wheel of Fortune, which is reported as $8 million a year.

In 1993, Vanna sued Samsung Electronics for featuring a parody of her in one of their TV commercials. She received payment of $403 thousand in the settlement.

In early 2015, rumors came out - Vanna has been fired from her show, The Wheel of Fortune due to her compulsive roulette-playing habit, but Vanna hasn't addressed the rumors and is still the host of the hit show. And in October 2017, she celebrated her 35 years of association with the show. Vanna has a new three-year extension with Wheel and will make a reported $4 million a year as per her new contract

In November 22014, Vanna listed her Beverly Park house in the market with $15 thousand rent a month. Built in 1997, her 14,554 square feet house consists of 8 beds, 10 baths, with 4+ car garage.

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Born in Conway, South Carolina

1957 18th of February

Zealous and charming, Vanna was born as Vanna Marie Rosich in Conway, South Carolina, United States of America on the laps of Miguel Angel Rosich and Joan Marie Rosich. She is an American and is of Puerto Rican, Italian, German and Croatian descent.

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Appeared in the game show

1980 20th of June

Vanna has been active in the television since 1980. On 20th of June 1980, she took part in game show, The Price Is Right as one of the contestant of the show but she did not make it onstage.

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Became the regular host of the show, Wheel of Fortune

1982 13th of December

In October 1982, when hostess Susan Stafford left the show Wheel of Fortune, she was chosen as one of the substitute co host of the show and later on 13th of December 1982, she was announced the regular hostess. 

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Her fiance died in a place crash

1986

In the early 1980s, Vanna began dating John Gibson. John Gibson was a dancer turned actor. After being in love for several years, they got engaged in the mid 1980s but he was killed in a plane crash in 1986.

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Released her autobiography, Vanna Speaks!

1987

She got her rise in fame after the syndicated version of this show was released at the end of 1983. She is also famous in the world for her autobiography, Vanna Speaks!. It was released in 1987. It was also a best seller of the late 1980s. 

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Featured in Playboy pictorial

1987

Her first fiancé, John Gibson was a dancer turned actor. He was a Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales dancer. After his death, she featured in the Playboy pictorial in 1987 displaying the photos of her and her then fiancé.

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Appeared in the movie, Goddess of Love

1988

In 1988, she appeared in her first movie Goddess of Love starring the role of Venus. She was severely criticized for this role and some critics also claimed her role as Wheely Bad. She has also appeared in several other shows like L.A. Law, 227, Super Mario Bros. Super Show and many more. 

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Married to Santo Pietro

1990 31th of December

After spending a mournful life for several years, Vanna began dating Santo Pietro and they finally got married at the end of 1990. George Santo Pietro is a restaurant owner. They got married on 31st of December 1990.

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First child, Niko Santo Pietro

1994 10th of June

She became mother for the first time in her life in 1994. She and her ex husband, George Santo Pietro welcomed their first child on 10th of June and that time it was a son and they named her Niko Santo Pietro. 

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Second child, Gigi Santo Pietro

1997

She also became mother for the second time in her life and that was in 1997. She and her ex husband, George Santo Pietro welcomed their second child together and that time it was a daughter and they named her Gigi Santo Pietro. 

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Divorced with George Santo Pietro

2002 15th of May

She got happily married to George Santo Pietro at the end of 1990. They also became parents twice. However, this married life came to an end in 2002 and they finally got divorced on 15th of May 2002.

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Engaged to Michael Kaye

2004

Two year later, Vanna got engaged to Michael Kaye. Michael Kaye is also a businessman and he is the senior partner in the leveraged buyout fund. They got engaged for about two years from 2004 to 2006 but they never got married.

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Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2006

She has been active on the television since 1982. She is mainly popular in the world for being the host of the show, Wheel of Fortune. Till now, she has hosted this show more than 600 times. For her continuous contribution to the entertainment industry, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.

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Net Worth Update

2018

The Wheel of Fortune alum has an estimated net worth of $40 million, and her annual income alone from the show stands at $4 million, as per her new three-year contract, until 2019-20, with the show.

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