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Susan Stafford (born "Susanna Gail Carney" January 27, 1942) is a former model, actress and television host. She was the original hostess of the American game show Wheel of Fortune from January 6, 1975 until she left on October 22, 1982. She returned briefly to Wheel of Fortune in 1986 to substitute for Vanna White.
Stafford married radio pioneer Gordon McLendon in 1973, and was then married to Dick Ebersol of NBC Sports and Saturday Night Live in 1976. Ebersol and Stafford were married on a beach in Malibu. Their wedding was attended by John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels. After they exchanged vows, Chase jokingly grabbed Stafford and threw her into the ocean. Stafford later fell in love with game show producer Dan Enright. Enright employed her as vice president of Barry & Enright Productions.
After leaving Wheel of Fortune, Stafford earned a B.A. in nutrition and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Antioch University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the unaccredited Pacific Western University. During this time, Stafford returned to television in 1988 as host of Alive, which aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network and in syndication. In 2003, Stafford made her first game show appearance since Wheel of Fortune, appearing on Hollywood Squares Game Show Week (Part 2).
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