‘Wheel of Fortune’ Star Vanna White Poses with Uncle Sam’s Hat in Throwback TV Guide Cover from 1993

by Samantha Whidden

In celebration of this year’s Fourth of July, a snapshot has surfaced of Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White posing with an Uncle Sam hat on the cover of TV Guide’s July 3-9, 1993 edition. 

“TV Guide Cover, July 3-9, 1993: @TheVannaWhite of @WheelofFortune,” the Twitter account RetroNewsNow states.

Vanna White has been co-host of Wheel of Fortune since 1982. Prior to her TV show career, she was a contestant in the Miss Georgia USA 1978 pageant. She made her first appearance in a game show in June 1980 on an episode of The Price is Right. 

Vanna White States She Won’t Host ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Without Pat Sajak

In an interview with Access Hollywood earlier this year, Vanna White states she can’t imagine being on the Wheel of Fortune set without long-time host, Pat Sajak. In response to if she was retiring anytime soon, her response is, “Not anytime soon.”

Sajak has been the host of Wheel of Fortune since December 1981, with White joining him just months after. The duo has a long history together, including cameoing together for the Wheel of Fortune episode of The A-Team. They also portrayed themselves on NBC’s 227 in 1986. 

Although they seem to be super close, Vanna admits she’s had at least one argument with her Wheel of Fortune co-star. 

“We’ve been together all these years. We’ve never had one argument – OK, we had one,” Vanna states while referring to Pat as her work husband to Drew Barrymore. “It was over putting Ketchup on a hot dog. Do you put ketchup on your hot dog?” When Drew says she prefers mustard, Vanna continues, “Well, anyway, that’s what [Pat] said. ‘You do not put ketchup on your hot dog!’”

Vanna White Talks Hosting While Pat Sajak Recovered From Emergency Surgery

Vanna discusses her experience hosting Wheel of Fortune solo while Pat Sajak was recovering from an emergency surgery in 2019. She told People that she had a 30-minute rehearsal of hosting the game.

“I think for listening to Pat for 37 years, I understood the game and how he hosted it. I was very familiar with the show.”

Vanna then explains she wanted her Wheel of Fortune hosting to go smoothly, but admits she wasn’t sure it was actually going to. “I’m very shy and I prefer being behind the scenes, not the center of attention. It was awkward in one way. But I did it. I did 15 [episodes]!”

White goes on to add that the wellbeing of her Wheel of Fortune co-host was more important than the hosting gig itself.

“I was so worried, and it was so strange being on the set without him. I’ve never been on the set without in 37 years, but the staff and crew were so supportive and made me so comfortable. [They] helped me in every way.”