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.