Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune on Sunday Morning CBS News

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[ Applause ] it’s Sunday morning on CBS and here again is Jane. Pauley fans of one of the longest-running game shows on television know. Things are well in hand when Vanna White is at the board on wheel of fortune. She got. There is the story. Maracas has to tell for our Sunday profile with so little to be sure of in this topsy-turvy world. At least. One thing is certain: each weeknight, Vanna White will glide across the stage of Wheel of Fortune, revealing letters applauding contestants and looking beautiful while doing it, and that’s my job I’ll be the first to make fun of it. Shall we say it is what I do and I feel very lucky that I was able to get this job? I love what I do. Thank you and fans of the show love what she does. Vanna has been co-hosting Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak for 37 years back in the dark ages before 1997 Vanna had to turn the letters. Do you miss turning the letters? I’M serious? No, you know I said: is there any way you can make my job easier? No, I didn’t really say that, but it took time because they had to manually, stop tape and changed those letters which was a couple hours at least to do. This is the last night of this puzzle board. You will no longer be turning letters so when they turned it into a computerized puzzle board the new board, which you will see on Monday. How does its heat activated if you will, and if anyone can heat up a board, you can touch the letters and they light up. It went like that, so it saved hours watching my all-time favorite show it’s not so easy to define vanna’s appeal, but it’s impossible to imagine real without her. What are we wearing today sure some of the shows 10 to 11 million viewers tuned in to see what she’ll wear it just goes on every color. You want you’ve done over 7,000 episodes. Yes, how many different dresses over 7,000 I’ve never worn the same dress twice. This is my secret. I do this before I go out when I’m wearing a sleeveless dress, so I can have some muscles. Vanna White was born sixty-three years ago in North Myrtle, Beach, South Carolina. It was wonderful back, then we didn’t have to lock our doors. We left the keys in the car, it was population of about 5,000 people and I read somewhere. They used to shoot marbles. Yes, I did in school. Did you I have to tell you, I’m not sure how you play marbles, there’s a circle and you try to get the marbles out of the circle you do it kind of like okay, I got one, you can do snap it with your thumb or you can Do it and I’m just trying to get one out or well? No, you should get more than one. If you can. No, I didn’t write into the massive. That’S okay. Now it’s my turn. She was 10 years old when she decided she wanted a career in television. Did you watch game shows I did as a matter of fact, concentration was. One of my game shows that I loved watch. I even went to New York when I was 12 years old and went to the set after high school she enrolled in the Atlanta school of fashion and design where she studied fashion, merchandising and poise. In 1980, she moved to Los Angeles, and I had $ 1,000 to our name: 300 for the car 700 for the apartment and a job immediately. I was waitressing. I’Ve got a waitressing job after Susan Stafford, the original Wheel of Fortune daytime co-host left Vanna applied. This is the Hall of Fame, shall we say: there’s my audition 1982. Oh, that’s great, ultimately buying against two other finalists and I didn’t recommend. Vanna and Vanna knows this hosters. I ask you. Ladies illness, Pat Sajak was skeptical. Thank you. I’M very excited and happy to be part of we, unfortunately not that she wasn’t lovely and wonderful and personable all that, but she was the most nervous by far of any of them, for the camera just loves her face, but the show’s creator, Merv Griffin, who also Brought jeopardy to television knew what the public wanted, and did you ask him why he chose you? I did, and he said first of all, you and Pat make a great brother-sister team. I see you guys together and you did turn the letters better than anyone else soon enough. Vanna mania swept the country at what point did you realize? Oh boy, I’m a household name. I mean I’m a first name only person vana like that big. That was when I was in the grocery line. Checking out and I was on the cover of Newsweek, I thought wow. I guess I’ve made it but four years into the job she suffered a terrible blow. Vana was dating actor and former Chippendales dancer. John Gibson, you were engaged yes, yes, my boyfriend at the time was killed in a plane crash that was devastating, but all my fans were so supportive. I received tons of fan mail of letters. I’Ve been through this. It just made me feel like I wasn’t. The only one she calls the show a family, a cliche Derbyshire in television, but vana seems genuinely to feel the pain of weil contestants when they stumble. I have to ask: have you ever seen those video compilations of wheel of fortune fails? Oh yes, yes, I mean. Do you have a favorite one? Oh my goodness, [ Music ]. You know I feel so bad because those contestants go through so much and they’re so nervous up there. You know they say it. The wrong way: mythological hero a chalice. Do you have a couple yeah? There’S a group of [ Laughter ], but you’re empathetic. Of course I am, I feel so bad for them when that happens, and that may be the key to vanna’s enduring appeal. She and the audience have a genuine connection. What kinds of things do people say to you? I’Ve watched you my whole life or my grandmother, and I watched you and you taught me the alphabet. You taught me how to speak English. Really, yes, just yesterday, so we change people’s lives. Is there a number one question you get about Vanna? The question is where’s Vanna as if I carry her around with me and they put her in the overhead compartment when I travel, which I don’t by the way during most of the show’s run. Vanna has actually said very little on camera that changed this past December, when Pat was hospitalized for emergency surgery for a blocked, intestine Vanna filled in for Pat for three weeks. Pat is recovering from surgery and hopes to be back real soon. The fact that she did it speaks volumes about her. It would have been very easy for her to say I’m sorry. This is not what I do, but the audience was rooting for her and almost proud to see you up there. Would you ever want to do it again? It’S not at the top of my list. I will I love, I love being there. I love doing it, but I was so nervous. Maybe if I did it a few more times, I would feel better about it, but I’m my worst critic, Vanna tapes, wheel of fortune, four days a month when she’s not at the studio. She spends time with her son Nico and her daughter, Gigi and with her boyfriend real estate developer. John Donaldson Vanna White’s contract has her at wheels puzzle board until the year 2022. Any questions anything you’re curious about, but we’re pretty sure her fans will never let her leave. Are you ever worried that our robots gon na take your job? No, no! I’M not. Should I be you.

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