Belated wishes actually. Vanna turned 58 yesterday, but I didn't get this post together in time to properly celebrate that.
If you weren't old enough to be paying attention to this at the time, this was scandal incarnate. Playboy's May '87 issue featured these images of a young Vanna in her pre-Wheel of Fortune modeling days. At the time, Wheel was the biggest thing on television, let alone in tv game shows. Most thought Vanna's career would be over, but the producers at Wheel and Pat Sajak handled it with admirable aplomb. It might have been a different situation today with the voracious internet and perhaps if the pictures had been a bit more salacious, but all in all, it worked out well. Vanna retains her cache, and male fans got a glimpse of their game show crush. I'm glad it worked out for her as she seems a genuinely decent person.