‘Wheel of Fortune’: Vanna White’s Favorite Country Singer Proves the Host Knows Good Music

by Josh Lanier

Before she was turning letters on Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White was listening to Dolly Parton records in her South Carolina home. She grew up idolizing the country legend.

White told Believer Magazine back in 2018 that Parton’s confidence and ability to stay authentic even as she became rich and famous made her unique. Parton remained the Tennessee girl she was when she started in show business. White thought that was a very powerful thing for a young woman to see.

“I would say Dolly Parton would be my biggest inspiration when I was younger. I said, ‘If I ever become famous, I wanna be like her. ‘Cause I don’t feel that she is affected in any way.’” White told the outlet. “I loved her heart. She was so genuine to me. And so sweet.”

White also loves music of all different genres. At the time of the interview, White said she was listening to a lot of Diana Krall. She loved the jazz icon’s distinctive sound and melodies. But a recent trip to Nashville had reinvigorated her love of country music.

Aside from Parton, the Wheel of Fortune co-host said she also had idols that were closer to her age.

“And I always wanted to be either Susan Dey from The Partridge Family, because I had a huge crush on David Cassidy, or Marcia Brady. I liked her just because I liked—I just wanted to be her because she was on The Brady Bunch. I loved that show growing up,” White continued.

Vanna White Found Out She Had a Famous Uncle

Vanna White didn’t always want to be on television. It wasn’t her first childhood aspiration. She actually decided that she wanted to be a movie star when she found out, almost randomly, that she had a famous uncle.

White, who was 10 at the time, was stuck at home after having her appendix taken out and was watching The Rat Patrol.

Her mother, who was making dinner, overheard the TV.

“‘That’s your uncle Christopher George on TV,'” White recalled. “And that stuck with me. I thought: Wow, I have an uncle on TV. I wanna be on TV.”

Fast forward to 2021 and Vanna White has been one of the most prominent figures on TV for decades. Most recently, she showed off her “croaking” skills in a hilarious clip with “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak.