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Women's History Month: Letter-turner Vanna White

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For those who watch Wheel of Fortune on a regular basis, here’s a trivia question for you: Which personality on the show is a native of South Carolina? The answer is letter-turner Vanna White.

White was born in North Myrtle Beach on February 18, 1957. When her parents divorced, she remained with her mother and stepfather, moving to Atlanta after finishing high school where she attended the Atlanta School of Fashion and worked as a model. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and landed several minor acting jobs in the 1980s.

In 1982, White began turning letters on Wheel of Fortune which, prior to 1986, was seen only in daytime. All that exposure has resulted in stardom to say nothing of endorsements. White, an avid crocheter, has a line of yarn called Vanna’s choice.

White has two children, Nicholas, born in 1992, and Giovanna, born in 1997, both by husband George San Pietro whom she married in 1990. They divorced in 2002.

According to Biography.com, ‘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."

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