Luann de Lesseps

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Luann de Lesseps
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de Lesseps, pictured in 2011.
Born LuAnn Nadeau
(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 50)
Berlin, Connecticut, U.S.
Other names
  • Countess de Lesseps
  • Countess LuAnn
  • The Countess
  • Television personality
  • model
  • author

Years active 2008–present
Television The Real Housewives of New York City
Spouse(s) Alexandre de Lesseps (m. 1993–2009)
Children 2

Luann de Lesseps (née Nadeau; born May 17, 1965; age 50)[1] is an American television personality, model, author, and singer. In 1993, she married French entrepreneur Alexandre de Lesseps, although they divorced in 2009. In 2008, de Lesseps came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City, which documents the lives of several women residing in New York City.

Early life[edit]

She was born LuAnn Nadeau in the small town of Berlin, Connecticut, where she grew up with her six siblings, and where her father owned a construction company.[2][3] She has said her father is of Algonquin and French descent[4] and that her mother is French Canadian.[5][6] In the last episode of RHONY set in Morocco (Season 4, episode 10, "Last Call, Morocco!", airdate June 9, 2011), de Lesseps shared that she had captained her high school varsity softball team.


De Lesseps was formerly a licensed practical nurse in Connecticut,[2] as well as a Wilhelmina model.[7][8]

She is one of the main cast members on Bravo's reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City. In season 6 she became a "friend of the Housewives" and was not a main cast member. Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York City began airing on Bravo in April of 2015 and De Lesseps returned to the show as a "Housewife" and main character.

De Lesseps wrote a book, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair (published by Gotham Books) released April 16, 2009,[9] 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.[10] She released dance single, "Girl Code", on July 6, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, she married Alexandre de Lesseps, becoming his fourth wife.[2] Together, they have two children, Victoria and Noel. They divorced in 2009 after his alleged affair with Ethiopian Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar.[citation needed] During daughter Victoria's junior year of high school she was up for expulsion by the Ross School in East Hampton, New York for reportedly smoking marijuana with friends on campus. Victoria and her family chose to withdraw from the school before expulsion could be placed on her academic record. Victoria was also the subject of a controversial video posted to YouTube concerning public display of drugs and racist language. Victoria used the word "nigger" and was shown rolling a joint while on video chat with her friend. Once brought to light, the video was soon removed.


  1. ^ Countess Luann: What Big Change Did She Make to Her Name? Bravo
  2. ^ a b c La Ferla, Ruth (April 16, 2009). "TV Royalty, but No Longer a Housewife". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Ramona Singer on the Real Housewives of New York City". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Keeping up With New York's 'Real Housewives'". March 4, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Class With The Countess: About". Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Class With The Countess". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for Ford Models". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ DeLeon, Kris (February 27, 2008). "The Real Housewives of New York City: LuAnn de Lesseps Talks About being a Countess". Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ Countess Luann deLesseps (April 16, 2009). Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1592404681. 
  10. ^ 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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