Luann de Lesseps

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Luann de Lesseps
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de Lesseps in New York, 2011
Born Luann Nadeau
(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 53)
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Other names Luann D’Agostino
Occupation
  • Author
  • model
  • nurse
  • television personality
Years active 2008–present
Television The Real Housewives of New York City
Spouse(s)
Children 2
Website [1]

Luann de Lesseps[1] (née Nadeau, previously D'Agostino; born May 17, 1965)[2][3][4] is an American television personality, model, author, and singer. In 1993, she married French entrepreneur and aristocrat Count Alexandre de Lesseps; they divorced in 2009 but she retained the courtesy title "countess" until her remarriage in 2016. 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]

Born LuAnn Nadeau, she was raised in Berlin, Connecticut, where she grew up with her six siblings, and where her father owned a construction company.[4][5] She has said her father is of Algonquin and French descent[6] and that her mother is French Canadian.[7][8] In the last episode of RHONY set in Morocco Afton, (Season 4, episode 10, "Last Call, Morocco!", airdate June 9, 2011), de Lesseps shared that she had captained her high school varsity softball team.

Career[edit]

De Lesseps was formerly a licensed practical nurse in Connecticut,[4] as well as a Wilhelmina model.[9][10]

She is one of the main cast members on Bravo's reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City. In season 6 she was demoted to a recurring "Friend of the Housewives" role due to not living in New York City at the time of filming. In April 2015, it was confirmed that de Lesseps would be returning as a main cast member for the show's seventh season.

In February 2011, de Lesseps guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the episode "Bully", playing a socialite who makes a gruesome discovery.[11][12][13]

De Lesseps wrote a book, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair (published by Gotham Books) released April 16, 2009,[14] 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.[15] She released a third single, "Girl Code", on July 6, 2015.

In February 2017, de Lesseps filmed a role in the movie Mother of All Secrets in Bermuda.[16]

In February 2018, de Lesseps headlined her own cabaret show, called #CountessAndFriends, at Feinstein's/54 Below in Midtown Manhattan.[17] The show features de Lesseps singing songs alluding to her life as a countess and reality-tv star, with appearances from celebrity friends like Rachel Dratch and Housewives co-star Sonja Morgan. In August 2018 de Lesseps announced that she was taking the show on tour, with engagements scheduled in Long Island and New Jersey.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 1993, she married Count Alexandre de Lesseps, becoming his fourth wife.[4] Together, they have two children, Victoria and Noel. They divorced in 2009 after his alleged affair with Ethiopian Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar.[19] On 31 December 2016, de Lesseps married Tom D’Agostino Jr.[20] In August 2017, de Lesseps announced she and D'Agostino got divorced.[21]

On July 16, 2018, a few days after news of the lawsuit from her ex-husband broke, de Lesseps' RHONY co-star Bethenny Frankel announced that Luann had chosen to skip the filming of the show's reunion to re-enter an alcohol treatment program.[22] De Lesseps left the facility after just under three weeks, in order to perform in a series of previously-scheduled cabaret shows.[23]

Legal problems[edit]

In December 2017, de Lesseps was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida on charges of disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest, battery of an officer, and making threats against a public servant. She was later released on her own recognizance, but was charged with a third-degree felony on January 25, 2018.[24][25] After her release she entered an alcohol treatment program.[26]

In July 2018 de Lesseps settled the charges stemming from her Palm Beach arrest, by agreeing to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly intoxication, and trespassing. In exchange the felony charge of resisting an officer with violence was dropped, and de Lesseps agreed to fulfill 50 hours of community service, attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and to abstain from drinking alcohol for one year.[27]

In early July 2018 a lawsuit was filed against de Lesseps by her ex-husband Alexandre and their two children, for allegedly violating the terms of her 2009 divorce settlement. The lawsuit alleged that Luann had failed to establish a trust for her two children using half the interest of the family's Bridgehampton, New York house, which she received in the divorce and sold for $8 million in 2014. The lawsuit sought to have de Lesseps declared in violation of the divorce settlement, and to bar her from selling or obtaining loans against her Sag Harbor home, which she purchased from the proceeds of the Bridgehampton house for $3.1 million and was seeking to sell at the time the lawsuit was filed.[28]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2010 "Money Can't Buy You Class" non-album single
2011 "Chic, C'est la Vie"
2015 "Girl Code"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (January 13, 2017). "Luann de Lesseps Is Officially Mrs. D'Agostino... Everywhere". Bravo TV Official Site. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "twitter status". Twitter. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Richard. "LuAnn de Lesseps' ex toasts her 50th". Page Six. Page Six. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d La Ferla, Ruth (April 16, 2009). "TV Royalty, but No Longer a Housewife". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2009. She is LuAnn Nadeau, one of seven children of a Connecticut building contractor. She boasts, often, that she is half American Indian and that, albeit briefly, she worked as a model in New York. 
  5. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Ramona Singer on the Real Housewives of New York City". Harper's Bazaar. Archived from the original on July 1, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2011. LuAnn Nadeau, who grew up with six brothers and sisters in the small town of Berlin, Connecticut, where her father owned a construction business after marrying her French-Canadian mother. 
  6. ^ "Keeping up With New York's 'Real Housewives'". Zap2it.com. March 4, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Class With The Countess: About". ClassWithTheCountess.com. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Class With The Countess". LuAnnDeLesseps.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (July 1, 2008). "Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for Ford Models". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ DeLeon, Kris (February 27, 2008). "The Real Housewives of New York City: LuAnn de Lesseps Talks About being a Countess". BuddyTV.com. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "2Kate Burton, Renee Fleming and LuAnn De Lesseps to Guest Star on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ Nededog, Jethro (February 23, 2011). "'Real Housewives' LuAnn de Lesseps: 'SVU' role is part of her 'second chance' at life". Zap2it. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Stanhope, Kate (January 27, 2011). "Real Housewives' LuAnn de Lesseps to Stop By Law & Order: SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ Countess Luann deLesseps (April 16, 2009). Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1592404681. 
  15. ^ Zimmerman, Edith (May 14, 2010). "Countess LuAnn Debuts Second Dance Single, 'Chic, C'est la Vie'". New York. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "LuAnn de Lesseps filming in Bermuda". bravotv.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Rochel Dodes (2018-02-23). "The Show Goes On for Arrest 'Housewife' Luann de Lesseps". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  18. ^ Jaclyn Hendricks (2018-08-02). "Luann de Lesseps returning to cabaret after rehab". New York Post. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  19. ^ Dillon, Nancy (April 11, 2009). "Royal breakup for "Real" Housewife". Daily News (New York). Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ Russian, Ale (December 31, 2016). "RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Marries Tom D'Agostino Jr". People. United States: Time Inc. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  21. ^ McKenzie, Joi-Marie (August 3, 2017). "Real Housewives star LuAnn de Lesseps to divorce". ABC News. United States: American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  22. ^ Dave Quinn (2018-07-16). "Luann de Lesseps Checks Back Into Rehab: It's the 'Healthiest Choice,' Bethenny Frankel Says". People Magazine. Retrieved 2018-07-16. 
  23. ^ Aurelie Corinthios (2018-08-02). "RHONY's Luann de Lesseps Leaves Rehab After 3 Weeks for Upcoming Cabaret Dates". People Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 
  24. ^ McKenzie, Joi-Marie (December 24, 2017). "Real Housewives star Luann de Lesseps arrested". ABC News. United States. Retrieved December 25, 2017. 
  25. ^ Allyson Koerner (January 25, 2018). "Luann de Lesseps' Charges From Her December Arrest Are Official & She's Facing A Felony". Bustle. 
  26. ^ Dave Quinn (2018-07-16). "Luann de Lesseps Checks Back Into Rehab: It's the 'Healthiest Choice,' Bethenny Frankel Says". People Magazine. Retrieved 2018-07-16. 
  27. ^ Oli Coleman (2018-07-23). "'RHONY' star Luann de Lesseps reaches plea deal in New Year's Eve arrest, avoids jail time: report". foxnews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  28. ^ Christine Rendon (2018-07-12). "Luann de Lesseps' ex-husband accuses her of stealing children's inheritance by breaking divorce deal". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 

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