Pat Sajak was born in Chicago, on October 26,1946. His first time on the air was in 1965, at age 19, after he entered a drawing held by a radio show to be a guest teen deejay, and won. That got him interested in being a radio disk jockey, so he studied broadcasting in college and one of his professors helped him get a late night job reading the news on a small, local radio station (WEDC).
In 1968 he joined the Army, and eventually ended up doing a morning radio show in Vietnam. Unable to find work after his Army stint, he migrated down South and ended up doing the weather on a Nashville TV station.
In 1977, a Los Angeles TV station, KNBC (Channel 4) was looking for a new weatherman. They had seen Pat on his Nashville show, offered him the job. He took it.
One of the people who watched the show was "Wheel" creator Merv Griffin. Merv offered Pat the job of game show host when former host Chuck Woolery quit in 1981. Believe it or not, Pat almost said no. But he figured the show probably wouldn't last long, so he said yes. 20 years later, I'm sure he's glad he did.
Beyond "Wheel", Pat has appeared on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives", has done at least one movie ("Airplane II"), has hosted parades, and guested on a number of TV sitcoms. In 1989, he even had his own late night talk show called (what else?) "The Pat Sajak Show". Along the way, Pat has won three Emmy Awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Vanna White was born Vanna Marie Rosich, on February 18, 1957, and raised in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Married at 18 and and divorced four years later, Vanna started out her professional career as a 'hand model'. After years of modeling, she moved to L.A. to try her hand at acting. But she only landed a few small roles in minor films such as "Looker" and "Midnight Offerings" (often playing a cheerleader).
However, luck quickly smiled on Vanna when she tried out for letter-turner of "Wheel of Fortune" in 1982 - and beat out some 200 other women who wanted the job. After all, how many people get paid $250,000 a year to smile, wear pretty clothes and point at letters for 30 minutes a day? Nice work if you can get it...
On "Wheel", her popularity skyrocketed - as "Vanna Mania" swept the nation.
Beyond "Wheel", she has done a number of guest spots on TV sitcoms, usually playing herself (including one memorable episode of "Married With Children," in which Vanna tried to seduce 'Al Bundy'). She also starred as Venus in the 1988 TV movie, "Goddess of Love."
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