- 1 Who is Luann de Lesseps?
- 2 Luann de Lesseps’ Early Life and Education
- 3 Luann de Lesseps’ Career
- 4 Luann de Lesseps’ Net Worth
- 5 Is Luann de Lesseps currently married? More about her private life
- 6 Luann de Lesseps’ Personal Appearance and Social Media Presence
Who is Luann de Lesseps?
Luann de Lesseps is quite a multi talented persona – known as “Countess Luann“, she is not only a singer, actress and an author, but also a model and television personality, who is probably best known from featuring in Bravo’s reality TV show “The Real Housewives of New York City”. However, she is also widely recognized for previously being married to French Count and businessman Alexandre de Lesseps.
Luann de Lesseps’ Early Life and Education
Luann Nadeau was born on the 17th May 1965, in Berlin, Connecticut, USA, one of seven children of Rolande and Roland B. Nadeau, who owned a construction business. Apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, Luann is also of French and Algonquin ancestry from her fathers’ side, as well as of French-Canadian descent from her mother’s side.
She attended Berlin High School, where she also excelled at sports, and was appointed as its varsity softball team’s captain. Upon matriculating, she dived into the world of babysitting which awoke her interest in nursing. She then enrolled at E. C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain, Connecticut, from which she obtained her qualification to be a licensed practical nurse.
Luann de Lesseps’ Career
Prior to stepping out into the limelight, Luann spent several years in the health care sector as a nurse, while also professionally modeling as a member of Wilhelmina Models talent and modeling agency (currently referred to as Wilhelmina International Inc.).
“The Real Housewives of New York City”
Luann de Lesseps’ career was set on the path to stardom, when in early 2008 she was cast to join the crew of the first season of Bravo’s reality TV show “The Real Housewives of New York City”. The show premiered in March 2008 and over the course of the next five seasons, as one of the main characters, Luann de Lesseps gained a huge dose of popularity as well as receiving positive reviews from the critics. During the show’s sixth season, she was “demoted” from the main cast to a recurring role of “Friend of the Housewives”, before returning to the main cast for the seventh season where she still appears. It is certain that this venture, which in April 2018 entered its 10th season, has helped Luann de Lesseps to dramatically boost her fame, popularity and net worth.
Other career highlights
As an actress, Luann appeared in an episode of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV series in 2011, while in 2016 she guest starred in an episode of the “Difficult People” TV comedy series. In 2017, Luann made her big screen debut in a supporting role in the Italian thriller movie “Maternal Secrets” (sometimes referred to as “Mother of All Secrets”).Speaking of her singing efforts, in May 2010 Luann released her debut album entitled “Money Can’t Buy You Class”, which was followed by a single song named “Chic, C’est La Vie” which hit the charts in June 2011. Her latest song “Girl Code” was released in July 2015. In February 2018, Luann de Lesseps decided to “merge” her acting and singing talents into a unique performance, and launched her own cabaret show named “#CountessAndFriends“. Although originally taking place at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Midtown Manhattan, due to its popularity with audiences, the show began touring through Long Island and New Jersey, featuring Luann and her guest stars singing and dancing while appearing in glamorous ensembles.
As an author, Luann de Lesseps tried her luck in 2009 when she released her book entitled “Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair” which covered the topics of etiquette and manners, but which didn’t receive a warm welcome.
Luann de Lesseps’ Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this American reality star and performer has accumulated so far? How rich Luann de Lesseps is? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total of Luann de Lesseps’ net worth, as of mid-2018, is over $25 million, acquired through her previous marriage with Count Alexandre de Lesseps, whose net worth is currently estimated at $50 million, but also through her appearances in “The Real Housewives of New York City”, and her cabaret show. It includes assets such as a $3 million-valued house located in Sag Harbor, New York, of 2500 square feet featuring three bedrooms, three bathrooms as well as three fireplaces, and over $25,000 in furnishing.
Is Luann de Lesseps currently married? More about her private life
No, Luann is not married, however, she is quite famous for her former marriage to the French count and entrepreneur Alexandre de Lesseps, the President of Pandaw Investment Holdings of Hong Kong. Luann married de Lesseps in 1993, becoming his fourth spouse. In the course of the next 16 years ’til 2009, the couple welcomed two children – a daughter named Victoria and a son named Noel. After Alexandre’s romantic connections with the Ethiopian Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar were publically discovered in 2009, the couple divorced.
Between December 2016 and August 2017, Luann was married to Tom D’Agostino Jr. before they also divorced.
— Loutfi Elias (@loutfieliasAL) November 3, 2018
In December 2017, Luann de Lesseps was arrested on several charges, including intoxication, battery of an officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was taken into custody in Palm Beach, Florida, from which she was released a couple of hours later on her own recognizance. She pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony, and was placed on an alcoholic treatment program, and to 50 hours of community service.
In July 2018, Luann faced charges for violating the terms of the divorce, as the 2009 lawsuit claims that she was obligated to establish a trust fund for their children with a total worth of half of the market value of the house which she received in the divorce, located in Bridgehampton, New York. However, she sold the house in 2014 for $8 million, and bought the above-mentioned home in Sag Harbor, without establishing the required trust fund.
Luann de Lesseps’ Personal Appearance and Social Media Presence
The 54-year-old reality star sports a slim and toned figure, featuring a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78 m) and weight of around 130lbs (59 kg), which in addition to her hourglass silhouette, dark hair and dark colored eyes, make her appearance quite alluring.
Luann de Lesseps is also quite active on several popular social media networks, including Twitter, on which she has amassed over 305,000 followers, and Instagram where her official account – @countessluann has been followed by more than 465,000 fans.