This cute young girl was destined to become the star co-host of a beloved U.S. TV show
She has been a name synonymous with the famous and popular game show.
After several failed gigs in the field of acting, Vanna White took up a job in 1982 that would define her career. The co-host of Wheel of Fortune, who is in charge of uncovering the letters, has an interesting life-story in show business.
White was born on February 18, 1957, in South Carolina's North Myrtle Beach. She had worked as a professional model before making her life-changing switch in 1982.
She had moved to LA to pursue acting in 1979 but moved back to her hometown South Carolina to spend time with her mother who was in bad shape on account of ovarian cancer.
White had a tough couple of years before getting her big break.
She bagged a few acting gigs that did not make any kind of mark. These roles included the role of Mickey in the 1980-film Gypsy Angels, a small part in the 1981-film Looker and another small role of Doris in Graduation Day.
White was chosen out of 200 applicants for the job of co-hosting the NBC game show, Wheel Of Fortune, along with Pat Sajak. The show was created by the entertainment television mogul, Merv Griffin.
The show succeeded beyond imagination and by 1986 it managed to rake in a viewership of 30 million. The number was twice than the No. 2 game show of that time, M*A*S*H.
The show made over a $100 million in that year. In 1999, the show garnered a viewership of 40 million people. Meanwhile, viewers adored the letter-changing model, White.
She swept the entire nation with her natural beauty, charisma and positive energy on the hit show. Her popularity hit an all-time high during the mid-'80s to the late '80s.
White was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as televisions most frequent clapper in 1992. She averaged a whopping 720 claps every episode and over 28,000 claps for every season.
White also has a book in her name, an autobiography titled, Vanessa Speaks, published in 1987. Vanessa had joked that despite not having the most intellectual job, she does know a lot about letters.