By peoplestaff225
Updated January 17, 2009 08:00 AM

Although most of America has known Vanna White, 51, for more than a quarter century as the ultra-glamorous letter-turning icon of Wheel of Fortune, behind closed doors Vanna says she’s much more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. “That is the real me,” she tells American Profile magazine. Fortunately, her work on the show has rarely been demanding enough to take her away from the role she singles out as her most important — that of mom to Nicholas, 14, and Giovanna, 11.

Although she needed to hire a nanny several years ago when Wheel was taping shows during the day and night, more recently she’s been going it alone — without hired help, and without a spouse. She credits her family with giving her the inspiration to take on so much at once.

Nicholas and Giovanna are Vanna’s children with ex-husband George Santo Pietro.