Vanna White is known for her sparkly dresses and letter-turning capabilities, but she’s so much more than that — and Wheel of Fortune finally gave her the chance to prove what she’s made of.
While everyone loves Pat Sajak, it’s his sidekick Vanna who really makes the popular game show what it is. She started the gig back in 1982, replacing model Susan Stafford. While she’s acted a bit here and there, Wheel of Fortune has been her main gig since. The spot even earned her an honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2006. Much like Alex Trebek is to Jeopardy, both Vanna and Pat are the heart of Wheel of Fortune.
So it makes sense that Vanna was the first choice to sub for Pat Sajak after the host underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine. And who replaced Vanna? Minnie Mouse, which made it one of the most memorable shows in Wheel of Fortune history. Contestants were even understanding when Vanna flubbed a little bit. Hey, she may have been on the set all these years, but she hasn’t actually spun the wheel before.