Arts & Culture

Who is the Beaufort Film Society honoring? Hint: V-A-N-N-A

Vanna White
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The Beaufort Film Society will award the South Carolina native its Spirit and Pride of South Carolina award at the 10th-annual Beaufort International Film Festival in February. The award will be presented during an awards ceremony Feb. 13, 2016.

White plans to attend, said Ron Tucker, who heads the film society and festival.

The award was established to recognize a South Carolina native or current resident whose career achievements in the industries of film, television, or music have reflected well on the state, according to a news release. The inaugural award was presented to Gaffney native and actress Andie MacDowell in 2015.

White still returns to her home state for high school reunions and is involved in the arts, Tucker said.

"She's not lost to (Los Angeles)," Tucker said. "We just knew that she would be a perfect candidate."

A native of the Myrtle Beach area, White started on the popular gameshow Wheel of Fortune in 1982. She has also acted in various cameo roles and produced films.

Tucker first reached out with a note on her Facebook page. White responded and put Tucker in touch with a publicist, he said.

Future award recipients could come from a large pool in film, television or music, Tucker said. He has Google news alerts set up for some of the bigger names from the state to keep tabs on what they might have going on.

That's how he learned White was back in state for a high school reunion.

"She is a solid, high-profile, popular and positive representative for the state," Tucker said, "And we were honored she accepted our invitation."

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