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Vanna White Makes Single Motherhood Work

01/17/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Although most of America has known Vanna White, 51, for more than a quarter century as the ultra-glamorous letter-turning icon of Wheel of Fortune, behind closed doors Vanna says she’s much more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. “That is the real me,” she tells American Profile magazine. Fortunately, her work on the show has rarely been demanding enough to take her away from the role she singles out as her most important — that of mom to Nicholas, 14, and Giovanna, 11.

Although she needed to hire a nanny several years ago when Wheel was taping shows during the day and night, more recently she’s been going it alone — without hired help, and without a spouse. She credits her family with giving her the inspiration to take on so much at once.

“My grandmother stayed home. In her generation, this is what they did. I have that from her. Then I have the business sense from my mother. She was great with numbers and organization. I definitely have that, as well.”

Nicholas and Giovanna are Vanna’s children with ex-husband George Santo Pietro.

Source: American Profile

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Tan on

i love her and grew up watching her.i swear this woman looks good to be her age.i really hope my body favors me that way as well,lol.

Christina on

She’s also the spokeswoman for Lion Brand Yarn, and is the creator of Vanna’s Choice yarns for them, and several pattern books for crochet & knitting.

I hope I look that terrific in my 50’s. She doesn’t age!

angela on

i remeber when she had kids.

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