Vanna White Undressed
Vanna White (born Vanna Marie Rosich on February 18, 1957) is an American television personality, best known as the hostess and puzzle board operator on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She is the niece of the late actor Christopher George.
White was born in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to a family of Croatian background. She later took the name of her stepfather, Herbert White, a former real estate agent in North Myrtle Beach.
White's popularity soared after the nighttime version of Wheel debuted in September 1983. Within a year, Wheel was the highest-rated syndicated program, in large part because of "Vannamania". Her 1987 autobiography, Vanna Speaks!, was a best-seller. Also in 1987, she was featured in a Playboy pictorial, comprising photos of White wearing see-through lingerie that were taken before Wheel. White was the subject of "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1988 song, "Stuck in a Closet With Vanna White". In 1989, she was in the NBC TV-movie, The Goddess of Love, in which she played Venus. The film was universally panned, and TV Guide said White's acting was "wheely" bad.
In a late 1980s' episode of TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, White was part of a practical joke played on Pat Sajak during a taping of Wheel of Fortune. White's gown was setup so it would snag on the gameboard and rip off, leaving her in a slip in front of a surprised Sajak. Promos for the episode ran with the tagline "What happens when Vanna White loses her dress?", with their trademark "censored" stamp hiding a clip of White losing her clothes. NBC executives were concerned that airing the risqué practical joke, as well as White's appearance in Playboy magazine, would do damage to the show's family image. The episode was replaced with a rerun and was never aired.