‘Wheel of Fortune’: Does Vanna White Know the Answer to Every Puzzle?

by Emily Morgan

When Vanna White left her hometown to pursue her dream of becoming a star, the “Wheel of Fortune” leading lady had no clue just how far she would go in Hollywood. 

After a grueling road to tinsel town, White finally landed her dream job when she booked the co-hosting role alongside Pat Sajak in “Wheel of Fortune.” She soon became a pop culture icon with her glowing gowns and mesmerizing strut across the set. 

As mysterious as her job may look, she’s known to be quite open when it comes to revealing her “Wheel of Fortune” secrets. She once admitted that production gives her the answers to puzzles before taping to turn the letters effortlessly.

Of course, knowing where the letters are located on the light-up board helps White save time during production. 

Vanna White’s Awkward Error During ‘The Wheel’ Taping

There’s no doubt that White has a knack for letter turning, but there was a time when White made a mistake during an episode that left her “traumatized.” 

During the early days of “Wheel of Fortune,” Vanna White was without a digital letterboard and manually turned the letters. As a result, she had to be extremely careful to turn the correct letter, or things could get awkward.  During an episode, things took a turn for the worst when she accidentally turned the wrong piece. 

“I was so traumatized,” she said in 2014 about the incident. “I don’t remember if it was a D or an M that I turned. The puzzle was either Doctor Spock or Mister Spock. Whenever they called it, I just turned the — we’ll say D — I turned it and it was an M. I was mortified. They had to throw the puzzle out.”

Thanks to modern technology, White hasn’t had to worry about making the same mistake since 1997, when the game board became digitized. Today, all she needs is a slight tap of her hand, and the letter appears on the board.  

Even though Vanna White bounced back from her on-screen hiccup, it was quite the big mistake at the time. Luckily for White, she has modern technology to thank for never having to worry about repeating the error again.