‘Wheel of Fortune’: Watch Vanna White Play ‘Wheel of Vanna,’ Share New Facts and Memories

by Chris Haney

During a 2019 interview, the tables were turned for Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White. While she’s usually turning over letters on the game board, she never gets to spin the wheel itself. However, in a roundabout way, White got to do exactly that while also revealing facts about herself in the interview.

While speaking with A Spoonful of Paolo a couple of years ago, Paolo surprised White with a game of his own. They created a miniature replica wheel similar to the one featured on Wheel of Fortune, except they called it the “Wheel of Vanna.”

Finally, White got to spin the wheel, albeit a much smaller one. The catch is that she had to answer the question she landed on after spinning. The first question she got was if she remembered her first puzzle from her first show. Unsurprisingly she couldn’t remember the exact puzzle since there’s been thousands of them. However, she did remember that the first letter she ever turned over was a “T.” By the way, the full answer of the puzzle was “GENERAL HOSPITAL.”

Next, she spun the wheel and was asked if she’s ever missed work. Her answer: only once in almost four decades. The Wheel of Fortune host‘s next spin asked her what the greatest honor is that she’s ever received. White answered by saying her biggest honor was receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The fourth spin asked White to describe herself in three words. She chose “honest, down to Earth, and nice.”

Finally, as the timer ran out, White had time for one last very appropriate question.

“When was the last time you got to spin the wheel?” Paolo asked White.

“I’ve only spun the wheel like three times in 37 years,” White answered.

“That’s it?!” Paolo exclaimed.

“I’m deprived,” White hilariously responded.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Vanna White Shares Story of Her Early Career Struggles

Earlier on in the same interview before the pair played the “Wheel of Vanna,” the Wheel of Fortune host opened up about struggling early on in her career. Although she’s been a staple of the game show for 39 years, things weren’t as easy for her in the early ’80s.

White revealed how tough things were after moving to California to follow her dreams of making it in Hollywood. Like many entertainers starting out, the longtime Wheel of Fortune host had to get through some difficult times before finally making it in the industry.

In fact, she only had $1,000 to her name when she moved to Los Angeles and she shared a cheap apartment with a friend. Additionally, she purchased an inexpensive used car to get her around – a Ford Pinto for only $300.

“I wanted to be anything in movies, on TV, anything, just whatever. Of course, I move here with $1,000 to my name. I rent an apartment with my girlfriend. First and last month’s rent was $700, and I bought a little white Pinto for $300. And I got a job,” White said of her early days in L.A.

“I slept on the floor, and then I became Spring Air Mattresses spokesperson, how weird is that? So you know I just never gave up and I would tell anybody out there, go for your dream, follow your dream. Don’t give up, it can happen,” she added.