Vanna White became a household name in 1982 when she was chosen as co-host of Wheel of Fortune. Vanna has appeared in nearly 6,000 episodes of America's Game® where she turns letters on the iconic puzzleboard and dazzles in a new outfit every night.
With her success, Vanna has become a champion of philanthropy. Through her passion for both crocheting and helping children, she launched her own line of yarn called "Vanna's Choice," from which a portion of the proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This past fall, Vanna celebrated that total reaching over $1 million with a trip to the hospital in Memphis to visit some of the families the money is assisting.
Vanna has volunteered her time with Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit dedicated to safe and healthy homes and communities, at events in Oakland, Calif. at the Carmen Flores Recreation Center at Josie de la Cruz Park, as well as The Gary Center in La Habra, Calif.
In December 2010, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank honored Vanna White with their "Making a Difference" award after Vanna volunteered at the food bank to help feed families in need. She also acted as the spokesperson for their "Skip a Lunch, Feed a Bunch" campaign.
Vanna has participated in campaigns supporting the American Heart Association and Susan G. Koman Foundation. She also designed a red dress statue for "Cincinnati Goes Red" that is displayed in the city's Christ Hospital.
For her work on Wheel of Fortune, Vanna was recognized by "Guinness World Records" as "Most Frequent Clapper." Vanna puts her hands together for contestants more than 100,000 times each season - that's nearly 3.5 million claps during the last 30 seasons. Also, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Vanna with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2006.
Becoming a pop culture icon was not something Vanna expected while growing up in the small resort town of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. After attending the Atlanta School of Fashion Design and becoming one of the area's top models, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Just two years later, while competing against more than 200 other hopefuls, Vanna's intelligence, all-American beauty, grace and exuberant personality won her the coveted spot as co-host of America's Favorite Game Show.
Beyond her work on TV and her philanthropic efforts, Vanna spends her time on her favorite job--being a mom to her two children, Nicholas and Giovanna. She is a strong believer in fitness and leads a healthy lifestyle, which includes spinning and yoga.