“I am not a scripted actress — I’m more of an off-the-cuff-type person,” she said.
Standing in front of a baby-grand piano in her bright Upper West Side penthouse, freezing rain tapping gently against the windows, Ms. de Lesseps studied a printout of her introductory remarks for #CountessAndFriends, a cabaret show that will debut at the Manhattan nightclub Feinstein’s/54 Below on Feb. 27. As the Grammy-winning composer Billy Stritch played “With a Little Help From My Friends,” she addressed an imaginary crowd...To know that the show was totally sold out and people are still trying to get tickets is a really great feeling,” said Ms. de Lesseps.
~ Rachel Dodes, The New York Times
"Countess Luann de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York City fame take to the stage in a cabaret show entitled '#CountessAndFriends' (hashtag hers) at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a venue whose Haunted Mansion meets bordello décor was more than suited for the occasion.
Luann de Lesseps is arguably the classiest and most royal-seeming of the housewives... A VISION OF CLASS!! And countess who is a-THRIVING! Luann donned a floor-length beaded white gown that had me screaming Oh God Yes! YESSSS! To The Dress."
~ Michelle Collins, Vanity Fair
#1. Luann de Lesseps, Real Housewives of NYC
“No Housewife was more talked about in 2018 than the former Countess, Luann de Lesseps D'Agostino de Lesseps. Between getting arrested, checking into rehab twice, getting sued by her children and leaving her own sh-- in a hotel bed, Luann hit some truly low lows this year. But the fandom rallied around her… and Lu actually came out of it all rather unscathed. Despite the issues she was dealing with, Luann noted the extra attention placed on her this year and… we rooted for Lu to succeed all year, and seeing her sell out her cabaret is a well-deserved happy ending to a very tumultuous year.”
~ Sadie Gennis, TV Guide
Real Housewives of New York Star Luann de Lesseps Takes AD Inside Her Recently Renovated Sag Harbor Home.
"I love Sag Harbor. I love the history of the village; I love the historical neighborhood," de Lesseps says. "I love the proximity to the village and being able to walk home. It’s such a lovely walk too, because all the houses are really pretty on Main Street."
"I love the nature. It’s a great family home. I love the beach. I love the village," de Lesseps says of Sag Harbor and her home there which she purchased four years ago. "And I have a lot of friends there, because I’ve been living there since 1993. We built our first home in 1994. We were coming back from Europe, back and forth."
~ Juliet Izon, Architectural Digest
“Real housewife. Cabaret singer. Former nurse. Forever countess. Luann de Lesseps has held many titles, but early in life, she took on the role of "world traveler," and it's a label that she still owns today. Since leaving her childhood home in Berlin, Connecticut, Luann de Lesseps has been on the move—upward and onward. Here, the countess talks travel, touring, and the total trip that’s being in the public eye.
Luann: ‘Curiosity and a drive to understand people, cultures and different languages. Both of my parents were Canadian, so we grew up speaking French in the home. I think that's what sparked my travel bug at such a young age.’”
~ Nicole Trilivas, Forbes
DailyMail - Luann De Lesseps EXCLUSIVE: RHONY star reflects on hitting rock bottom as she celebrates end of probation for drunken arrest in 2017: 'I had gone too far'
She's looking forward to the future after a challenging few years.
Newsweek - HOW 'RHONY' STAR LUANN DE LESSEPS REINVENTED HERSELF THROUGH CABARET: 'IT DEFINITELY GIVES ME MY SPARK'
For the last 11 years, viewers have watched the life of Luann de Lesseps unfold on Real Housewives of New York City. The charming reality star's undeniable penchant for witty humor and a style oozing of regality has led her to become a star on the Bravo reality series, plus she can dish shade out like the best of them.
~ Janice Williams
PEOPLE does a deep dive on the catalogue of hits the Real Housewives — and sometimes, Househusbands — have produced during their time on the hit Bravo franchise.
“Girl Code (Don’t Be So Uncool)”, “Feelin’ Jovani”, “Chic, C’Est La Vie”, and “Money Can’t Buy You Class” all made it into the list of hits!
The Real Housewives of New York City standout Luann de Lesseps shares her top picks in baubles, music and more with Life & Style.
What do Bill Murray, a Real Housewife and a room full of the most celebrated singers in rock and soul have in common?
…A triumphant return to the public eye with an age-old form of storytelling and song: cabaret. #TheCountessandFriends cabaret wasn’t just Luann’s comeback. It was the Countess in her final form… a performance met with smash reviews from even the ficklest critics. Vanity Fair wrote, “The energy was infectious and literally every person in the room will love it!!”; Paper added, “Oh my Goddess, it was all so sublime.” Even Page Six, the gossip site that covers much of the Countess’ tumultuous off-camera life, declared the show a hit.
~ Meher Ahmad, The Outline
Resident Magazine is so proud to feature the talented, beautiful and classy Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York!
"We were lucky enough to secure two fabulous covers and decided to use both! Countess Luann de Lesseps, star of Real Housewives of New York and etiquette maven, graces one of them. We were so thrilled to work with her! She is beyond gorgeous and exceedingly gracious and we were thrilled to shoot exclusive images with her at The Warwick Hotel, with whom she partners to bring guests one-of-a-lifetime experiences in the city she loves! Take a look at those stunning photos and read her intriguing story!"
~ Resident Magazine Editor's Note
Life & Style
“The Countess with class is back! The 53-year-old Bravo star took to the stage recently and gave a performance of a lifetime at her Holiday Cabaret Show at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC. When I tell you she killed it… I mean she straight up murdered it.”
~Lex Briscuso, Life & Style
She’s had a rough road this year, but LuAnn de Lesseps is getting back to her first love: the stage… “Hip as a New York minute and classically chic, Countess Luann De Lesseps’ glamorous life in the fast lane on several continents (together with a solid decade of starring on reality TV) provides fodder for hilarious stories, one-of-a-kind anecdotes, and, of course, some standards and pop songs in her inimitable style,” reads the release.
~ Madeleine Marr, Miami.com
As Countess Luann de Lesseps says, 'money can't buy you class' but, in her case, it can buy you a swanky new home… the Real Housewives of New York star recently purchased a luxurious new three bedroom home in the Hudson Valley of New York.
As they say, it's all about location and Luann's new property certainly fits the bill… The singer had access to the stunning Hudson River with her own dock and boat ramp… The showstopping aspect of the home is it's unique 'Mid-Century modern, round house design' which offers residents a panoramic view of the waterfront vista.
~ Caitlyn Becker, Daily Mail
On October 31st, the most anticipated Halloween bash Hospital 849 came back to NYC at SECOND at Kimpton Hotel Eventi. Produced by Ariamnes, Kayvon Zand, and The Misshapes, and hosted by hosted by Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan, this year's Halloween extravaganza was everything you can image for an unforgettable Halloween night out.
This year, the level of enthusiasm surrounding Halloween seemed to be at an all-time high. 10 celeb Halloween costumes we die for…
Who: Countess Luann de Lesseps
What’s his/her costume: A nurse, pop-star, countess hybrid.
Reason for best costume: Leave it to the countess to attend a Halloween party dressed as a sexy, singing nurse version of herself.
Luann de Lesseps is a multi-hyphenate like no other. Mom, fashion designer, cabaret singer, TV personality, Real Housewife ... and, of course, former nurse. And The Real Housewives of New York City pal reminded us of her past in the health care industry this week when she stepped out for Halloween all decked out like some sexy, spacey nurse.
It’s the scariest time of the year! Luann de Lesseps is getting into the spooky spirit as she plans to cohost her epic Halloween party, Hospital 849, alongside Real Housewives of New York costar Sonja Morgan.
Real Housewives of New York City fans in need of Halloween plans shouldn’t fret — Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan are here to take care of you.
The two reality stars will join an all-star list of performers and hosts on Oct. 31 at Hospital 849, one of the Big Apple’s most-anticipated Halloween bashes.
Just 10 days after leaving rehab for the second time, “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Luann de Lesseps sits down with Megyn Kelly to detail her relapse, her move to upstate New York as a commitment to her sobriety and why she won’t appear on the “Housewives” reunion episode.
The Countess brought her wildly successful cabaret show, #CountessAndFriends, to The Borgata's 1,000-seat Music Box Theater this weekend in Atlantic City. Selling out her biggest show yet is almost as impressive as not drinking when in Atlantic City…it was all so sublime. Including many of the #AndFriends…Still, the charismatic Countess remained the most captivating.
The Real Housewives of New York City star was back on stage Friday night, performing her sold-out smash #CountessAndFriends Cabaret show — this time in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at The Borgata‘s 1,000-seat Music Box Theater. And while she remained light-hearted in the show about her battle , she told PEOPLE backstage afterwards that she views her drinking problem as no laughing matter and isn’t worried about relapsing again.
Subtle blush and pale rose lipstick ensured the reality star looked radiant for her outing.
The former countess looked to be in fine spirits, despite the fact that she only left rehab for alcohol addiction at the beginning of August.
'Luann knows there will be a lot of eyes on her this weekend but she is healthy, feeling well, in good spirits and is ready to put on a great show for her fans' a source told E! News at the time.
While singing Amy Winehouse’s 2006 hit “Rehab” during her Countess and Friends cabaret show at The Paramount in Long Island, New York, on Saturday, the Real Housewives of New York City star quipped, “I actually loved rehab. I loved it so much I went back.”
“I felt like I needed them more than they needed me,” she remarked. “Just being onstage, I couldn’t wait to get onstage. I’ve been through so much in the last year, and you know, most recently, so I needed to get out, and get here. It was just therapy for me.”
"Putting yourself first and when you get knocked down you stand back up. There is no other choice in life," she told us. "And words are one thing, but showing people is another. It was so important for me to show my daughter, that through all the trials and tribulations that I've had that you gotta keep it moving. Move forward, don't spend too much time thinking about the past, I feel like it's better to just keep on going forward."
The Real Housewives of New York star performed her “Countess and Friends” cabaret show at The Paramount in Long Island, New York on Saturday night, where she playfully discussed heading to her second stint at rehab recently to help her combat alcoholism.
“But I gotta tell you something,” she told the raucous crowd while wearing a sparkling silver gown. “Not drinking is exhausting. It really is.” She then discussed how she’s getting up early every morning to attend meetings in order to keep her on track.
The song of the summer has officially arrived, and it’s by Bravo’s resident hit-makers, Luann de Lesseps and DJ James Kennedy!
The Real Housewives of New York and Vanderpump Rules stars (respectively) teamed up for the ultimate Bravo crossover with a chic (c’est la vie!) remix. Kennedy put his own professional spin on de Lesseps’ famous hit “Money Can’t Buy You Class” in honor of San Fran Pride this weekend, where she’ll be performing.
“It was so fabulous to collaborate with James in L.A., he’s a doll. I can’t wait to dance to his remix at Pride this weekend in San Francisco, my #CountessandFriends shows and all summer long,” de Lesseps tells PEOPLE. “It’s got such fun energy, you can’t help but wanna get up and move...”
~ Colleen Kratofil, People
“…Luann is soaking up the peaceful, natural scenery of the Catskills — and also squeezing in some tomahawk practice.
The New Yorker recently took to Instagram to document snaps from what looks like the most glamorous summer camp ever. Her stay has been filled with lakeside nights scored by crickets. The athletic beauty has also participated in tons of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to swimming, tennis, and — yes — tomahawk throwing..."
~ Jenny Berg, Bravo
"Now that the Countess’ Cabaret show has become a huge success, producers have come begging for her talents! … [she has] become one of the most popular performers in NYC!
Lesseps staged her own Cabaret performance...she danced and sang her heart out with some of her reality TV costars and dazzled her audience with her amazing sense of humor.
“Broadway producers of the musical Chicago have noticed the Countess’s selling power and are talking with her about joining the show on Broadway…”
~ Radar Online
"Luann showed off her toned and tanned figure for all of the world to see. In the snapshot, the Real Housewives of New York star is all smiles as she poses for a photo on a boat in Sag Harbor, New York. Her short, brunette hair is flowing in the wind as she pairs her suit with a long, gold necklace.
But the star of the photo is clearly Luann’s body. The former countess is rocking an itty bitty red bikini that ties at her sides. She leaves little to the imagination in a bikini fit for a model…"
“Cohen was surprised by Luann de Lesseps — who serenaded him with a sultry version of “Happy Birthday.” Dripping in diamonds in a plunging sparkling gown and white gloves, de Lesseps had Cohen cheering with applause as she appeared on the ABC show’s set.
She carried two red balloons (with the numbers 5-0, naturally), finishing the tune by embracing her “Andy, baby” with a hug and a kiss. “Wow you look like a piece of cake,” Cohen told her afterwards. “Amazing, amazing!”
~ Dave Quinn, People
"...buoyed by the success of her cabaret show, “The Countess and Friends” — Luann de Lesseps wants to take the show on a national tour, and hopes to sign a deal with a major tour promoter.…Lesseps is feeling on top of the world because of the sold-out hit..."
~ Oli Coleman, Page Six
“...it’s amazing to see her on the show come back from rehab and she really is a new person and I’m very excited about her kind of getting a new lease on life.”
… De Lesseps…is singing away any remaining stress during her cabaret show at Feinsteins/54 Below…"
~ Christine Burroni, Page Six
"RHONY's Luann de Lesseps attended the IBIZA premiere in NYC on Monday night.
The 53-year-old reality star looked chic in a black, halter jumpsuit as she walked the red carpet in sky-high heels.
Luann was joined by her co-stars Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer…."
~ Daily Mail
"She may have recently revealed she wasn't interested in dating right now.
But Luann de Lesseps was certain to have plenty of heads turning her way as she attended the opening night of Children Of A Lesser God in New York City on Wednesday.
Dressed to impress, The Real Housewives Of New York looked the height of style as she rocked a long Chanel pearl necklace, bracelet, and pair of white ankle boots."
~ Daily Mail
"Chris Evans makes Broadway debut with support from stars including Annette Bening and Luann de Lesseps.
...Manhattan socialite and reality star Luann de Lesseps posed it up in the red carpet in a backless monochrome patterned slip dress.
The Real Housewives of New York star added a black fur jacket and white stiletto heeled ankle boots.
She accessorized with statement diamond chandelier earrings."
~ Daily Mail
"But Luann is at once a more fabulous and more flawed version than all of us. This is precisely what makes her so watchable, and why we’ll return to RHONY this season hoping for a bit of redemption for our girl. It’s why her NYC cabaret shows are selling out, and why crowds are there to cheer and not simply to snicker. This gal’s been through some shit, and she’s not backing down from most likely going through some more shit."
~ Lea Palmieri, Decider
"Luann de Lesseps has recruited some Broadway heavy hitters to join her cabaret debut.
Tony winner Tony Yazbeck, Andrew Keenan Bolger of “Newsies” and Laura Benanti — who plays Melania Trump on the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”— will all be part of de Lesseps’ show at Feinstein’s/54 Below..."
~ Oli Coleman, Page Six
"...while Luann wore cozy-looking boots and a t-shirt that made a big statement. "I Can I Will," the life-affirming top read. In her caption, Luann reiterated the sentiment, and also added hash tags that provided another peek into her current state of mind: #friends and #inspiration. Her choice of emoji — a fist bump and a flexing muscle — helped underscore the message of strength."
~ Jenny Berg, Bravo