Vanna Marie White is an American television personality and game show hostess. She is best known as the co-host of Wheel of Fortune, a position she has held since 1982. She began her career as a model while studying fashion, competing in Miss Georgia USA in 1978. In addition to her work on Wheel of Fortune, she has played minor characters or appeared as herself in many films and television series, and she is the author of the 1987 autobiography Vanna Speaks. White also participates in real estate investment, owns the yarn brand Vanna's Choice, and patronizes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.