As an upcoming tattoo artist in the Los Angeles area, Gigi Santo Pietro shouldn’t garner much of the spotlight. However, it is a different ball game seeing as her mother is one of the most iconic personalities on American TV. Gigi is the only daughter of award-winning TV hostess Vanna White. White has been a hostess on the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune since the 80s. Her run on the show has fetched her Guinness world records and other accolades. It has also made her a notable face and brought her personal life into the spotlight. However, the seasoned TV host knows how to strike a balance perfectly, and her daughter has had the chance to grow up and pursue a normal life.
24 Year Old Gigi Santo Pietro Is the Last Daughter of Vanna White, the Iconic Hostess of Wheel of Fortune
Gigi Santo Pietro is 24 years old as she was born on 2nd July 1997. Her nationality is Caucasian, while her ethnicity is American. Gigi is the daughter of acclaimed TV personality Vanna White. White herself was born on 18th February 1958 in South Carolina. She worked as a model after high school and went on to contest in the 1978 edition of the Miss Georgia USA. Following that brush with pageantry, she relocated to L.A. in 1979 to pursue an acting career.
Vanna White remains there to date and has scored a handful of minor roles in several movies and TV shows, namely Looker, Graduation Day, and Goddess of Love. However, her biggest claim to fame has come as the hostess of the long-running TV show, Wheel of Fortune. White first started on the show as a substitute hostess in 1982 and quickly cemented that position as her own. To date, she remains there and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her exploits. She also holds the Guinness world record for most frequent clapper, having clapped more than 3,721,446 times in the course of Wheel of Fortune.
Her Father, George Santo Pietro, is a Former Hollywood Producer, Real Estate Developer, and Restauranteur
Gigi Santo Pietro’s father is named George Santo Pietro. George is a native of California and has produced some movies and TV shows, including L.A. Doctors, True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayers, Alias, and the Pushing Daisies, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Good Place, Think like a Man and Muppets Most Wanted. He also ran a very popular Italian restaurant in Bel-Air, California, in a hidden Hollywood strip mall near Mulholland drive called the SantoPietro’s.
The restaurant was reportedly frequented by Hollywood celebrities in the 80s and was a secret hangout for years. This success perhaps spurred George Pietro to open another restaurant in the same complex known as Sushi-ko. It reportedly became an extremely popular sushi restaurant with an exclusive clientele and retained such status for about a decade, thus enriching its owner.
Gigi Santo Pietro’s Parents Began Dating in 1985 and Wed in 1990
Vanna White and George Santo Pietro first got to know each other in 1985. Some of White’s friends had dragged her out to meet with George for a dinner date in Studio City, and the two clicked. They started dating and remained in a solid relationship for the next five years. They then tied the knot in December 1990. The marriage between the couple lasted for 12 years, during which they resided in a home on Mulholland Drive, next to celebrities such as Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson.
They shared several happy moments, including the birth of their son, Nicholas, four years after marriage. Another joyous moment was the birth of Gigi seven years after their marriage in 1997. The couple lived a luxurious life thanks to their respective burgeoning careers and schmoozed with celebrities. It wasn’t all picture-perfect. White and Pietro suffered the miscarriage of their first pregnancy in 1992, which couldn’t have been easy for any one of them.
Their Marriage Lasted For 12 Years, and They Divorced When Gigi Was Only Five Years old
Gigi Santo Pietro enjoyed a blissful home life with her parents for the first five years after her birth. Her parents sadly filed for divorce in 2002 after they developed different interests. Luckily they kept things civil, and the divorce was finalized without much rancor. That spirit of civility continued after the divorce. Gigi and her brother, Nick, split their time between mom and dad and carried on a normal childhood. There was, however, a touch of the glamorous in their lives. Gigi and Nick often had to accompany their mom to the taping of Wheel of Fortune, and they appeared in some of the episodes.
Their mom did not allow this taste of showbiz to derail them. She shielded them from the spotlight. She also made sure that they focused on their studies. Gigi grew up with a love for art, drawing, and photography and completed her high school diploma in record time. Afterward, she headed off to the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied photography and imaging. She spent four years at the institution and graduated in 2019.
Gigi Santo Pietro is a Tattoo Artist and Works for the LA-Based Lincoln Tattoo Company
Vanna White’s daughter, Gigi Santo Pietro, now makes her living as a tattoo artist. She is employed at the Lincoln Tattoo Company located in Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, California. The company came into existence in 2013 and is the collaborative creation of Jason Stores and Paul Friedman, who grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles and were inspired by the subcultures and styles surrounding them. A look at Gigi Santo Pietro’s Instagram page will show several of the exquisite tattoos that she has given her clients over the years. She is proud of her work and has stated that she loves what she does.
According to her, it is this love that keeps her going, and she works hard at her craft so that she can give people the best tattoo. Away from work, Gigi also maintains a close relationship with her loved ones, including her mom. Her mom regularly celebrates her on the occasion of her birthday. She also spent copious amounts of time with her mom and brother during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. They used that opportunity to treat themselves to manicures and pedicures. Her mom also instilled in them the secret to lasting happiness and accepting and dealing with tough times.
She has a Brother named Nicholas
Gigi Santo Pietro also maintains a close relationship with her brother, Nicholas Santo Pietro. Nick was born on 10th June 1994, which means that he is three years older than Gigi. Like his younger sister, he is a college graduate and attended institutions such as the University of Arizona and Oregon state university. He is living a wonderful life and enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and eating delicious food. Nick caused a major stir back in 2013 when he began a serious relationship with a Liberian monk twice his age named Jaycee Akinsanya.
They reportedly met during their days at the University of Arizona and developed a special relationship which wasn’t necessarily sexual but more spiritual and chemistry. Nick’s family predictably had reservations about the relationship, but it turned into full-blown concern after their son asked for $1 million. He insisted that the money was for his personal expenses, but it appeared that he wanted to give it to his friend to set up a new ashram for his devotees. His parents, of course, refused to budge. Nick later extricated himself from Jaycee, which probably informed his transfer from the University of Arizona to a different university where he concluded his degree.