‘Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White Was Once a Contestant on ‘The Price Is Right’

by Katie Maloney

The first time Vanna White made an appearance on a game-show occurred long before she stepped onto the Wheel of Fortune set.

Certainly, Vanna White has become a television icon. With her friendly nature, gorgeous dresses, and natural ability to turn vowels, Vanna quickly became a household name. But her debut on game shows didn’t come with Wheel of Fortune. Like many young actors trying to establish themselves, White booked several odd jobs including an appearance on The Price Is Right in 1980. During the show, Vanna was the last of the contestants to be called to the floor. She runs down with sunglasses on her head and a t-shirt that says, “Get serious.” To which famous host Bob Barker says, “I am, I am.”

Vanna didn’t do too well on the show as she bid pretty high on most items. But, we believe the appearance paved the way for her career as the beloved Wheel of Fortune Vanna White we know today. Vanna booked Wheel of Fortune in 1982 and has since spent 37 years entertaining millions of Americans on over 7,000 episodes of the show alongside Pat Sajak

Vanna White on The Price Is Right in 1980

Vanna White Is The Godmother Of A Cruise Ship

Even after she hit it big on Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is still accepting the occasional odd-end job. Recently, Vanna was named godmother of the Carnival Panorama, a Vista-class cruise ship. Both Vanna and Carnival share support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so it’s a perfect match. During an interview, Vanna shared her thoughts on what it means to be a godmother to a cruise ship.

“I think being a godmother to a ship means that person is giving the ship good luck,” said Vanna. “I’m watching out for 1,500 crew members they have onboard and sending them good luck. The minute I walked onto the ship, I felt so protective of it.”

The cruise ship from Long Beach, California and visits spots across Mexico’s Pacific coast including Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

As godmother to the ship, Vanna White offered some advice to everyone looking to board.

“Just have fun! On cruises, they’re always taking care of you. You don’t really have to do much other than have fun!” said Vanna.