In an industry filled with hundreds of television personalities in charge of highly-rated TV shows, Vanna White seems to be on a level of her own. Having been in the business for close to four decades, White isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Despite starting her career as a model, she made a switch to television in 1982 and that singular move marked the start of something new in her life as she has gone on to become a very popular TV personality and co-host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune, alongside Pat Sajak. Her long-term role in the industry has always led fans to wonder – How old is Vanna White?
Besides her exploits as a TV host, White also doubles as a successful actress who has featured in a long list of movies and TV shows. For her numerous achievements as a TV host and actress, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 20, 2006. Let’s explore Vanna White’s amazing come up story while paying much attention to her career, bio, and net worth.
How old is Vanna White?
Popular TV Personality and actress Vanna Marie Rosich popularly referred to as Vanna White was birthed on February 18, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina to parents Joan Marie (mother) and Miguel Angel Rosich (Father). Her parents got divorced when she was still an infant and as such, she adopted the name of her stepfather Herbert Stackley White Jr. There is very little known as regards the childhood of White as she rarely talks about it. Upon graduation from high school, she enrolled in a reputable fashion school in Atlanta, Georgia and began working as a model shortly after.
In 1978 White contested for the Miss Georgia Pageantry and even though she didn’t win, it gave her a huge confidence boost. The following year she relocated to Los Angeles, California with the dreams of becoming a professional actress. Her first appearance on TV came in the year 1980 when she appeared in an episode of The Price is Right as a contestant. Sadly, she was unable to make it to the stage to perform but a short footage of her as a contestant was rebroadcast on the show’s 25th year anniversary.
Her career witnessed a drastic turn in 1982 following the departure of Susan Stafford from the Wheel of Fortune game show. As a result White, Vicki McCarty and Summer Bartholomew were appointed to serve as substitute hostess on the show. In less than two months, White was made a regular hostess and co-host on the show. In 1988 she made her acting debut with a role in the NBC television film Goddess of Love, where she played the role of Venus, thus, marking the first of many more promising roles to come in her career. She has since starred in other movies like Midnight Offerings, Star of the Family, The A-team, Double Dragon and the King of Queens to name but a few.
How Much Does She Make As Salaries?
When Forbes revealed in 2018 that Vanna White’s co-host Pat Sajak earns a whopping $15 million a year for his role on Wheel of Fortune, fans and equal pay activists became interested in knowing how much White earns as salary yearly. True to speculations, it was soon discovered that White pockets a total of $4 million yearly for her role as co-host on ABC Wheel of Fortune, which many have opined is unfair.
In 1993, Vanna White was involved in an outright legal battle with tech giants Samsung, when she claimed they blatantly violated her personal rights by airing a commercial of a robot turning letters on a game show. Although the case was found to lack merit at the lower court, the Supreme Court eventually held that her personal rights were indeed violated, thus, earning her a settlement sum of $403,000 in damages.
That being said, her current net worth is pegged at an estimated $50 million, the bulk of which she earned from her impressive career as a TV host and actress. A huge fan of crotchet, she also earns an impressive amount of money from her Yarn line.