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Vanna Speaks (Warner Books, 1987)
Vanna White is one of America’s best known and best loved TV celebrities, now in her 30th decade of being the “letter turner” on the popular American game show, Wheel of Fortune. In 1987, she wrote down her inspiring story and included much advice on how to beautiful in mind, spirit and body. Most readers have called the pointless and boring, one common theme of their review seems to ask, “Why did I read this?” Sales were given a boost thanks to the October 31, 1987 episode of NBC sitcom The Golden Girls “Letter to Gorbachev” in which Dorothy recommended White’s autobiography to Stan’s cousin Madga to read. Adult magazine Playboy put White on the cover using photos she had taken during the early days of her career in Hollywood. They had published these photos without her permission (of course). So it’s quite possible that Vanna Speaks was intended as White’s defense of her character than as a literary masterpiece.