Vanna White of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Has a Charitable Line of Yarn

Vanna White is more than the glamorous and elegant co-host of Wheel of Fortune. When she’s not revealing letters on the puzzle board (and clapping a lot), you’ll find her working at one of her favorite hobbies – crochet!

When White began co-hosting Wheel of Fortune in 1982, it had been many years since she’d picked up her crochet hooks. But one day backstage, she saw her pregnant hairdresser crocheting a baby blanket, and asked if she’d help her brush up on her skills, reigniting her love of crochet.

Vanna White | Getty ImagesHow Vanna White got into crochet

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My first day on Wheel in 1982! Still love my job and working with Pat. #weareateam #hostandhostess #wheeloffortune

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White was born on February 18, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina. Her grandmother taught her to crochet at the age of 5, but she eventually lost interest in the hobby. After high school, White worked as a model and was a contestant in the Miss Georgia USA pageant in 1978. In 1982, Wheel of Fortune was looking for a new co-host, after the departure of original hostess Susan Stafford. White beat out more than 200 applicants to ultimately become Stafford’s successor in 1982.

After the hairstylist backstage got her back into crocheting, White was thrilled to hone the craft. She did so so well, in fact, that she’s practically ambidextrous because of it! “The funny thing — which I didn’t realize at the time — is that she was left-handed. I’m right-handed, but I watched and copied her movements, and I’ve been crocheting left-handed for the past 37 years.” White told AARP in 2019.

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She crochets everywhere

With her busy schedule, you might wonder how White has time to crochet. But the truth is, she crochets everywhere she goes! White brings projects with her to doctor’s office waiting rooms and on airplanes, and also keeps one in her car and by her bedside. She even crochets behind the

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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