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Encyclopedia > Vanna White
Vanna White
Born Vanna Marie Rosich
February 18, 1957 (1957-02-18) (age 51)
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Occupation Game show co-host[1]
Spouse(s) George Santo Pietro 1991-2002

Vanna White (born February 18, 1957) is an American television personality, best known as puzzle-board presenter and co-host on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... North Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Quiz show redirects here. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Quiz show redirects here. ... This article is about the current, syndicated nighttime edition of the U.S. game show, which began in 1983. ...

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Biography

Early life

White was born Vanna Marie Rosich in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the daughter of Joan Marie and Miguel Angel Rosich.[2] Her family is of Croatian background.[citation needed] White took the name of her stepfather, Herbert Stackley White Jr., a former real estate agent in North Myrtle Beach. One of White's ancestors, whose last name was Barnes, was one of the first mayors of the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico.[citation needed] She is the niece of actor Christopher George.[citation needed] North Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Gentilic: Ponceños Location Location of Ponce, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico Government Founded 1692 Mayor Francisco Zayas Seijo Political party PPD Senatorial district 5 - Ponce Representative district 24, 25 Geographical characteristics Area Total 501. ... Christopher George in the 1966-1968 television series The Rat Patrol. ...


White's first car, a gift from her father, was a metallic blue 1972 "Marathon Edition" Volkswagen Beetle. Vanna's father reportedly encouraged her to consider other makes and models of cars, but Vanna held firm. She desired the car due to the corporate initials of Volkswagen AG being the same as her own: VW. A picture of Vanna's Bug was featured in a summer 2007 episode of "Wheel Of Fortune," in which she revisited her childhood hometown. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the original Volkswagen Beetle. ... VW redirects here. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Television career

The handprints of White in front of Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

White's first national television appearance came on the June 20, 1980 episode of the seminal game show The Price Is Right, in which she was among the first four contestants to "come on down." She did not make it onstage, but the clip of her running to Contestants' Row would be rebroadcast as part of The Price Is Right 25th Anniversary Special in 1996 and also would be featured on the special broadcast Game Show Moments Gone Bananas. Two years later, White auditioned to become the letter-turning assistant on Wheel of Fortune, a job that Susan Stafford recently had vacated. Producer Merv Griffin selected her over two other finalists, and her first episode as Pat Sajak's assitant presenter aired December 13, 1982. White remained with the daytime version of Wheel until its cancellation in 1991. Image File history File links VANNA.jpg Summary TV N NOTAS Photo Shoot Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional photo in a press kit. ... Image File history File links VANNA.jpg Summary TV N NOTAS Photo Shoot Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a promotional photo in a press kit. ... A half-filled amphitheatre The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is the purpose-built riverside amphitheatre at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA which showcases the night-time spectacular Fantasmic!. Just off Sunset Blvd. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. The third park to open at the resort, it debuted on May 1, 1989. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Price Is Right is a popular American game show based on contestants guessing the retail prices of featured prizes and other promotional products. ... Bidders in Contestants Row awaiting the announcement of the winning bid. ... The year 1996 in television involved some significant events. ... Game Show Moments Gone Bananas was a television series on VH1. ... Susan Stafford (b. ... Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. ... Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajdak on October 26, 1946), is an Emmy Award-winning television personality and one-time talk show host, best known as the host of the popular and long-running American television game show, Wheel of Fortune. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Daytime television is the general term for television shows produced that are intended to air during the daytime hours. ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ...


White's popularity soared after the primetime version of Wheel made its debut in September 1983. Within a year, Wheel was the highest-rated syndicated program on broadcast television, in large part because of "Vannamania". Her 1987 autobiography, Vanna Speaks!, was a best-seller.[3] Also in 1987, she was featured in a Playboy pictorial, showing photos taken of her (previous to her career on Wheel of Fortune) wearing see-through lingerie. PrimeTime is a television newsmagazine from ABC News. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ...


White is the subject of "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1988 song, "Stuck in a Closet With Vanna White". In 1989, she appeared in the NBC television movie Goddess of Love, in which she played Venus. The film was panned universally by critics, with TV Guide joking that White's acting was "wheely" bad. This article is about the musician. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the television network. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Marble Venus of the Capitoline Venus type, Roman (British Museum) Venus was a major Roman goddess principally associated with love and beauty, the rough equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


White also has made cameo appearances on television shows such as Married... with Children, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, and Full House, movies such as Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, and served as guest timekeeper for WrestleMania IV. In 1992, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized White as "television's most frequent clapper." On April 20, 2006, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Married… with Children was a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. ... A number of television shows based on the Super Mario Bros. ... Full House was a popular American television family sitcom that originally ran from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995 on ABC. // Full House is set in San Francisco, California, where Danny Tanner is left to raise his three young daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle following the death of... WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


White's name, well known due to the success of "Wheel," is mentioned in the rapper Nelly's hit song "Ride Wit Me" which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. -- 'I'm gettin' pages out of New Jersey, from Courtney B. / Tellin' me about a party up in NYC / Can I make it? Damn right, I be on the next flight / Payin' cash; first class - sittin' next to Vanna White. For other uses, see Nelly (disambiguation). ... Ride wit Me is a single by the rapper Nelly featuring City Spud, and it was released in 2001, taken from Nellys 2000 album Country Grammar. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


Personal life

White dated Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson in the 1980s, and they eventually became engaged. The relationship came to a tragic end in 1986 when Gibson was killed in a plane crash. White divorced her husband of 11 years, George Santo Pietro, in November 2002, maintaining custody of their two young children, Nicholas and Giovanna. From 2004 to 2006, she was engaged to businessman Michael Kaye, senior partner in a large leveraged buyout (LBO) fund based in southern California. Playgirl is a monthly lifestyle magazine published in the United States that features seminude or fully nude men. ... Standard Lenna image famously used in many image processing experiments, taken from the (non-revealing) top third of a November 1972 Playboy centerfold. ... Chippendale is a suburb of Sydney, south-southwest of the city centre, and near the University of Sydney. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A leveraged buyout (or LBO, or highly-leveraged transaction (HLT), or bootstrap transaction) occurs when a financial sponsor gains control of a majority of a target companys equity through the use of borrowed money or debt. ...


Litigation

In 1993, White won a lawsuit against the Samsung Electronics corporation over its use of a humorous ad featuring a robot turning letters on a game show. The decision later was affirmed by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The issue was over the property right to publicity. The court ruled in favor of White's claim of a right to her property of publicity. The case has been criticized widely by property lawyers who cite the dissenting opinion of Judge Alex Kozinski after the denial of a rehearing en banc, which stated, among other things, that, "Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Creativity is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it's supposed to nurture".[4] Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Samsung Group is one of the largest South Korean business groupings. ... The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States district courts: District of Alaska District of Arizona Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California District of Guam District of Hawaii District of Idaho District of Montana... Judge Alex Kozinski Judge Alex Kozinski (born July 23, 1950) is a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a popular essayist. ... En banc or in bank is a term used to refer to the hearing of a case by all the judges of a court. ... For the 2006 film, see Intellectual Property (film). ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


References

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External links

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