She solved the puzzle, but didn't turn letters on Wheel of Fortune
Anna Horn was about 4 when she began dressing in her mother's heels and pretending to be Vanna White.
"I started as early as I can remember," said Horn, now 25, of Friendswood.
In February, Horn advanced to the top five in a "Vanna For A Day" contest for the chance to turn the letters on Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Pat Sajak.
Horn didn't win the competition, but she still remains a big fan of the show and White, the show's long-standing hostess.
"If they hold a 'Vanna For Life' contest, I'll be the first one to submit my tape. She has a fantastic, awesome job," Horn said.
This wasn't her first brush with the game show. In 2008, she appeared as a contestant and won $27,500.
She remembers well her experience as a contestant. Going into the final round, she was in third place.
Fortunately for Horn, her final spin of the show's famous wheel landed on $5,000, and there were three R's in the puzzle; so when she gave the correct answer, "the Northern Hemisphere," her total soared by $15,000.
Horn, who works as an account executive in exposition sales for the Freeman Co., moved to Friendswood last year as a newlywed.
She and her husband, Ryan Horn, a 2004 graduate of Friendswood High School, met at Texas A&M University.
"I am such an avid Wheel watcher, to the point that people make fun of it," she said. "I scream when I solve a puzzle. I'm like a man watching football."
When Horn heard about the contest, she enlisted the help of her sister-in-law, Brittany Horn, to create a video to submit.
"We had a blast making the video," Anna Horn said. "I put on all of my old prom dresses, and she videotaped me waking up in an evening gown, brushing my teeth in one, cooking in one."
From hundreds of submissions, judges picked Horn as one of five finalists. Then, from late January to early February, public voting added 40 percent to the finalists' total points.
The contest was so popular, Horn said, that the show decided to invite all five finalists, not just the winner, to Los Angeles, giving Horn a second brush with the TV personality whose job she's coveted for years.
"I don't know what the next chapter of my Wheel of Fortune life will be - I haven't figured out what it's going to be - but I get excited every time I watch the show," she said.
Her husband said it's been fun for him to watch her as a contestant on the show and in the contest.
"She told me that if there was ever a 'Pat Sajak for a Day' contest that she was going to force me to audition, but I'm not really sure about all of that," he said.
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