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Vanna White is the longtime co-host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune.
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Vanna White is the longtime co-host of the game show "Wheel of Fortune." While uncovering the letters on the show's puzzle board, she became a fashion icon that inspired a media frenzy dubbed "Vannamania."
Vanna White's unique style on "Wheel of Fortune" made her into a 1980s cultural icon.
Merv Griffin, America's ultimate showman, knew what audiences wanted and made it his life's work to entertain with his talk show and his game shows "Wheel of Fortune," and "Jeopardy."
Drew Carey was expelled from college at Kent State and served 8 years in the marines. He landed his own sitcom, "The Drew Carey Show," and now hosts "The Price is Right."
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Of her longtime career on Wheel of Fortune, White has stated, "It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters." She also once joked, "When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off."
White's personal life was marked by tragedy in 1986, when her longtime lover, John Gibson, a soap opera actor and Chippendale dancer, died in a plane crash.
In 1990, White married restauranteur George San Pietro. Their son, Nicholas, was born in 1992; a daughter, Giovanna, arrived in 1997. White and San Pietro divorced in 2002. A couple of years later, she became engaged to finance mogul Michael Kaye, but the two never married.
An avid crocheter, White has her own yarn line called Vanna's Choice.
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