Vanna White: From the Cover of Playboy to “Cheating” on Pat Sajak with Bob Barker

Rare | 9/10/2019 | Moriah Gill
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Vanna White has been gracing our screens for years as the famous letter-turner and co-host on the beloved game show “Wheel of Fortune” alongside Pat Sajak. She has been the beautiful, charming hands of the show since the ‘1982! Before she ever hit the TV screen, she was a contestant in the Miss Georgia 1978 pageant. The 62-year-old’s stunning outfits and grace have made her one of the most well-known game co-hosts for more than 30 years.

Born in South Carolina, Vanna White was born Vanna Marie Angel, near North Myrtle Beach, in Conway, South Carolina, in 1957. She attended the Atlanta School of Fashion in Atlanta, Georgia after high school and worked as a model. Shortly afterward she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She landed a few minor acting roles in Gypsy Angels, Graduation Day, Looker, and Star of the Family in the early 1980’s.

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Around this time she was also a contestant on The Price is Right. (Does it count as cheating if she hadn’t been on Wheel of Fortune yet? Either way, it just doesn’t feel right!) Sporting a blue shirt that read “Get Serious”, she charmed the crowd, contestants, and even Bob Barker. Sadly, she never made it off the Contestant’s Row, and bid way too high on prizes!

Vanna White auditioned against over 200 other hopefuls to land the gig of hostess on NBC game show The Wheel of Fortune in 1982. Within a short time, she struck stardom gold. Endorsements came, she starred in Venus: The Goddess of Love, an NBC movie. Weird Al Yankovic wrote a song called “Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White“ on his 1988 album “Even Worse”. She appears as a minor character on the Nintendo 64 game “Paper Mario” named Vanna T.

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