The Big Audition
Vanna landed the audition for Wheel of Fortune in November of 1982. She was competing with over 200 women for the role. The chosen actress would be replacing the show’s previous letter-turner, Susan Stafford. Vanna was waiting tables at the time, struggling to make ends meet. “I was so nervous because I wanted this job so badly. My knees were shaking; my mouth was quivering; I could hardly talk,” says Vanna. Merv Griffin, the show’s creator, saw something special in Vanna and told her that she was hired on Thanksgiving Eve of that year.