‘Wheel of Fortune’: Vanna White Explained How She is Like ‘Any Other Mother’

by Halle Ames

Vanna White is your typical, all-American mother. She cooks, cleans, co-hosts a hit game show… well, maybe not so typical.

Vanna White has worked on the set of Wheel of Fortune for nearly 39 years. During her career as the beloved letter-turner, Vanna has been engaged, married, had two beautiful children, and divorced.

She was first engaged to actor John Gibson. However, in 1986 he, unfortunately, died in a plane crash.

In 1990, Vanna White found love once again and tied the knot with George Santo Pietro.

Her children are 26-year-old Nikko Santo Pietro and 24-year-old Gigi Santo Pietro. Their strikingly gorgeous features are a product of their father, George, and Vanna’s natural beauty.

The two ultimately called it quits in 2002.

Vanna Whites Favorite Job is Motherhood

In a 2014 interview with Big Island Now, Vanna White gushed about how much she loves being a mother.

“I’m just like any other mother. Actually, I think I’m more of a mother because I grew up in the south, baking cookies and all of that. I’m just a mom.” she said. “I’ve been famous their whole life, so they don’t think anything of it.”

While her children have never thought much of their mother appearing on The Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White reveals a time her kids freaked out when she was another hit show.

White was featured on an infomercial, as well as a guest-star on the sitcom Full House.

“It was totally out of sorts for them. Wheel of Fortune? Oh, well. They see that every day!” Vanna joked.

Hawaii and Family

Looking back on memories that include Wheel of Fortune and her children, one spot makes her very nostalgic.

Throughout the years, the hit game show frequents the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon her return to the state in 2014, she reflects on the last time she was in Hawaii things were looking much different in her life.

For starters, Vanna White’s son Nikko was only 18-months-old at the time.

“It’s fun to come back because I remember walking down the corridor, and I remember looking down, and there were these little lizards, and I’d be walking with him,” she said. “It brings back a lot of very good memories.”

Her children aren’t the only people Vanna White claims as her family. Her co-workers have been with her on the Wheel of Fortune for decades.

“We’re like a big family. Most of the staff has been with the show for at least 20, if not 30 years,” she said.