LuAnn de Lesseps

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Countess de Lesseps
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Countess de Lesseps in 2011
Born LuAnn Nadeau
May 17, 1965 (1965-05-17) (age 48)
Berlin, Connecticut, U.S.
Other names "The Countess"
"Countess LuAnn"
Occupation Model, TV personality, author, former nurse, singer
Spouse(s) Alexandre de Lesseps
(1993–2009; divorced)

LuAnn de Lesseps (born LuAnn Nadeau on May 17, 1965), also known as Countess LuAnn or The Countess, is an American television personality, recording artist, and former fashion model best known for her appearances on the Bravo show The Real Housewives of New York City. Her courtesy title comes from her previous marriage to French nobleman Count Alexandre de Lesseps, a descendant of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the architect of the Suez Canal.

Early life[edit]

She was born LuAnn Nadeau and grew up with six siblings in the small town of Berlin, Connecticut, where her father owned a construction company.[1][2] She has said her father is of Algonquian and French descent[3] and that her mother is French Canadian.[4][5] In the last episode of RHONY set in Morocco (Season 4, episode 10, "Last Call, Morocco!", airdate June 9, 2011), the Countess shared that she had captained her high school varsity softball team.


Lesseps was formerly a licensed practical nurse in Connecticut,[1] as well as a Wilhelmina model.[6][7]

She was one of the main cast members on Bravo's reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City until Season 6, airing March 11, 2014. She will be a "friend" of the housewives starting in episode three. She will not be on the first three episodes. A contract dispute is the apparent cause of LuAnn's limited involvement on the show Season 6.

Lesseps wrote a book, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair (published by Gotham Books) released April 16, 2009,[8] and released her first record, "Money Can't Buy You Class" (through Ultra Records), on May 25, 2010. She released her second single, "Chic, C'est La Vie" in June 2011.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, she married Alexandre de Lesseps, becoming his fourth wife.[1] Together, they have two children, Victoria and Noel. They divorced in 2009 after his alleged affair with Ethiopian Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c La Ferla, Ruth (April 16, 2009). "TV Royalty, but No Longer a Housewife". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Ramona Singer on the Real Housewives of New York City". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Keeping up With New York's 'Real Housewives'". March 4, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Class With The Countess: About". Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Class With The Countess". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for Ford Models". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ DeLeon, Kris (February 27, 2008). "The Real Housewives of New York City: LuAnn de Lesseps Talks About being a Countess". Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ Countess Luann deLesseps (April 16, 2009). Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1592404681. 
  9. ^ Zimmerman, Edith (May 14, 2010). "Countess LuAnn Debuts Second Dance Single, ‘Chic, C’est la Vie’". New York. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 

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