Yes, boys and girls, it’s true: Vanna White, she who has turned the letters on Wheel of Fortune for the last 35 years, has just turned sixty. It took me a few moments to remember that Vanna was the second letter-turner for Wheel; Susan Stafford did it first, from 1975 to 1982, and for one week in 1986 while Vanna was mourning her fiancé, who was killed in a plane crash.

From time to time, she’s done non-Wheel stuff, but her main gig has kept her in yogurt and yarn for all these years, and there’s no sign it’s going to get away from her.

Vanna takes a break to knit

Vanna raids the fridge

Vanna on the red carpet, though not all that red

Oh, and there’s this little artifact from 1987. I still have the 12-inch single:



  1. fillyjonk »

    18 February 2017 · 8:35 pm

    I will say the yarn line she “sponsors” (is the spokesperson for?) is my favorite for making amigurumi.

    that second picture was quite a surprise based on the image I have of her….

  2. Dan T. »

    18 February 2017 · 8:44 pm

    She doesn’t even have to physically turn anything any more… they’re all electronic now.

  3. CGHill »

    18 February 2017 · 9:00 pm

    But it wouldn’t be the same if she weren’t there.

  4. fillyjonk »

    19 February 2017 · 7:04 am

    And really, there’s something metaphorical in that. How sad would it be if we had to say, “A robot took Vanna White’s job”

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