8 Things You Didn’t Know About RHONY Star LuAnn De Lesseps
LuAnn de Lesseps, otherwise known as the Countess, rose to fame when she was cast as a regular member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City. The Countess made a name for herself on the show using her royal title as fuel for her preachy personality and condescending attitude — it didn’t always help her make friends! Regardless, LuAnn has been through a lot in the past 8 years on the show and fans are dedicated to her success. As one of the original housewives, LuAnn joined the cast back in 2008 and maintains strong friendships and a long history with many of the regular cast members on the show. Since it is her birthday, here’s a look at 8 things you probably didn’t know about LuAnn de Lesseps!
8. Business Ventures
Like many of her co-stars, LuAnn is not just a housewife, she’s also a businesswoman! When she first started out on the show back in 2008 she was married to a Count and upheld her title as Countess like a full-time job, but once she joined the show she began working on other projects. In 2009 she got divorced and also wrote a book about manners and etiquette called, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. Unfortunately the book wasn’t well received and she recently revealed that she didn’t even write the book — it was written by Diane Reverand. Since then LuAnn has moved onto a more successful business venture in fashion with a clothing line called The Countess Collection featuring affordable clothes and jewelry.
7. She’s a Singer and Actress
LuAnn is not the first housewife to use her platform on the show as a launching pad for a singing career (e.g. Gretchen Rossi, Melissa Gorga, Kim Zolciak). More often than not, it usually doesn’t work and with LuAnn it hasn’t been much different, but it seems she does it more for pleasure rather than as a business venture. She hasn’t had much success with her singles, but continues to release new songs here and there. Her first single was called “Money Can’t Buy You Class” in 2010 and she released another in 2011 called “Chic, C’est La Vie.” In 2011 she also tried to break into the acting scene with brief appearances in the pilot of the television series Eden and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Cindi. LuAnn took another stab at a singing career in 2015 when she released the dance mix “Girl Code.”