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Before They Were Stars–RHONY’s Luann de Lesseps Pre-Fame Jobs

From nursing to jet-setting. Perhaps elegance is, in fact, learned.

For any avid television watcher, Luann (The Countess) de Lesseps is like, well, The Countess of reality TV.

We've watched her from the start on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York, and have been schooled by Luann in how "elegance is learned" and how to be "cool, not all 'uncool'."

We've witnessed romances come and gone, friendships made and others broken, and fabulous dinner parties and vacations most of us could only dream of.

The Countess sure seems to have it all now, but what about before we tuned into her shenanigans weekly? Here's what Luann was up to before Andy Cohen got the best of her.


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We know Luann wanted to care for her temporary roommate Sonja while she looked for a NYC place of her own, and Bethenny laughed at the very thought of it. Hey, not so fast, Frankel. As per Radar Online, Luann was a licensed practical nurse back in the day in Connecticut! Wouldn't you want a sponge bath from a future Countess?

Well nursing may not be glamorous, but guess what is… modeling! As per Real Housewives Sleuth, Luann was signed to the prestigious Wilhelmina Models and posed and pouted for ads and spreads. Her tall frame and wicked smile captured the lens with sophistication and style.

Modeling led to opportunity as a TV personality, and according to Reality Tea, Luann became a TV host for a show called Pressing in Milan. Her international travels and high-life living eventually led her to meet her first husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, and the rest is history.

Now Luann is getting remarried, sells her goods and wares on home shopping network television, has written a few books, recorded some "music," and intrigues us week after week on RHONY.

From a simple girl from the states to an international jet-setter and mom of two, Luann de Lesseps is a force to be reckoned with. Just ask her cast mates!

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While she's considered a Real Housewife of New York City, LuAnn de Lesseps is neither a housewife nor is she residing in New York City for that matter.

More commonly (and fancily) known as The Countess, de Lesseps recently purchased a $3.1 million dollar waterfront home in Sag Harbor on Long Island, as per reports by Newsday.

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Staying fabulous in the Hamptons luanne de lesseps sag harbor home

Money may not buy you class, but it can surely afford you a fab home in the Hamptons!

With the jet-setters of the Hamptons nearby, The Countess will not miss her NYC cast mates as they weekend and summer in the Hamptons.

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If she's as classy as she claims to be, The Countess will have Ramona and Sonja over to share a bottle of Pinot Grigio (or with these ladies, a case).

Bottoms up… literally.

Inside Luann's swanky Sag Harbor pad

The 2,500 square foot Greek Revival-style home is described as “warm and cozy" (well, opposites do attract), and boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

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The white painted home sits atop .31 acres with a relaxing waterfront view.

Inside, there is an artist's studio—perfect for her daughter's rising career.

The flooring is wide-planked and there are 3 fireplaces throughout the home, hence the “warm and cozy." The kitchen is open and sunny, perfect for a plate of eggs ala francaise.

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The Countess plans to add a walk-in closet and a renovation to the master bedroom.

Now wouldn't that be cool, not all uncool?

Check out some photos of the home. Credit Gordon M. Grant via Newsday—and check out other stars' fabulous homes here

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Back in 2013, after rumors had been flying for a while, Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer was forced to deny her 22-year marriage to husband Mario Singer was in trouble.

Speculation over the Singers' relationship woes first started in 2011, when, during a RHONY trip to Morocco, a psychic made the prediction, “there's another woman!"

Ramona was clearly shocked, but managed to keep her game face on with the ladies.

Not surprisingly, when Ramona got back to New York though we were immediately treated to an excruciating scene where she and Mario had a clearly staged, PDA-packed, romantic date night out together and laughed it all off.

Fast forward a couple of years, and the rumor mill was in full swing again, this time, that not only was Mario cheating but that he had got the woman he was cheating with, pregnant!

Once again, Ramona was quick to shoot down the claim, insisting, “It's not true."

However, as Popdust previously reported, just months later, in January 2014, the couple announced they were splitting. They tried a brief reconciliation, but finished for good in August 2014.

Ramona said at the time;

"We were working very hard on our relationship and making great progress, it was really working well, and then I got the feeling that he started seeing [Kasey] again."

It turns out he was—the Kasey in question is 32-year-old socialite Kasey Dexter—and, after not-so-Super-Mario betrayed her and daughter Avery, 20, a second time, Ramona swore she would never reconcile with him again.

And, now, adding further to the indignity, it seems Mario's cheating wasn't such a secret amongst Ramona's circle of friends.

Patti Stanger, AKA The Millionaire Matchmaker, stopped by Watch What Happens Live this week, telling host Andy Cohen that back in 2013 she witnessed Mario making the moves on some chick at a party in the Hamptons (it's not clear if the quick in question was Kasey Dexter, or another woman)

"I was there that night he cheated. Me and Jill, in the Hamptons. I saw the whole thing go down. I saw him pick the girl at a certain person's house — you probably know. It was a big dinner party, and we just came for dessert, and I watched this and I was, like, sober, and everybody else wasn't. And I went, 'What is going on here?'"

She continued:

"And then I was worried for Ramona. I was really worried for her. Because I saw shades of him trying—he had like a midlife crisis going on. And she doesn't deserve that. She's a great girl."

Poor Ramona, whatever you think of her, it was a long marriage and she was knocked for six by the news. Adding further to her woes, in addition to finding out her husband was a cheating douchebag, just months later, she suffered the indignity of being "demoted" from full time RHONY cast-member to occasionally appearing, "friend" status.

Season seven of the Real Housewives of New York premieres Tuesday, April 7, at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

The Real Housewives of New York are back- and BOY does it look like this season will be full of drama!

As Popdust previously reported, Bethenny Frankel has returned to the show that made her a household name, along with Carole Radizwill, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps and new cast member Dorinda Medley.

Bravo has kindly released a nice long trailer for the new season, and the reason it's so long is because SO MUCH stuff happens. Bethenny and Ramona are both going through very public and very ugly divorces, and the Skinnygirl mogul doesn't exactly hit it off with Heather.

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Then there's Sonja just going full trashy, LuAnn sleeping with everyone, and Carole admitting to having sexy dreams about Bethenny. oh, and there's fighting. Lots and lots of fighting!

Watch the trailer and don't miss the Real Housewives of New York on Tuesday, April 7 at 9 pm on Bravo!

Bethenny Frankel has confirmed her return to the Real Housewives of New York - and guess who she is getting along with wonderfully?

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps!

Yes, the woman who Bethenny once referred to as a "dumb drag queen" is apparently in her good graces once more, and the pair are doing plenty of filming together for the upcoming season of RHONY.

This isn't a huge surprise considering how wonderful LuAnn was last season, even just being a "Friend of the Housewives".

"Filming has just started, so there hasn't been any major drama yet," a source tells E!. "Everyone's still warming up to each other again. Bethenny and Luann [de Lesseps], who have had words in the past, are actually getting along great."

As Popdust previously reported, Ramona Singer has been fired from the show and will return in a minor role, if at all.

Eat your heart out, Jill Zarin!

Bethenny Frankel has confirmed her return to the Real Housewives Of New York!

As Popdust previously reported, Bravo was in negotiations with the former cast member in an effort to save the New York edition, which has suffered increasingly bad ratings since she left in 2010.

Although Bethenny previously gave the impression she would never return to the Housewives, she has since changed her tune (Jill Zarin not being there obviously made that decision easier!).

"I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City," the 43-year-old told Us Weekly. "Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!"

It's yet to be confirmed which of the other New York Housewives will be returning but you can pretty much bank on Heather Thomson, LuAnn de Lesseps and Carole Radziwill being asked back.

"Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise," said Andy Cohen, "and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!"

When Bethenny was last on the show in season four, she was pregnant and engaged. Since then she has had daughter Bryn and gone through a highly acrimonious divorce with ex-husband Jason Hoppy.

"I'm such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season," said Bethenny. "Slightly exciting, a little bit of anxiousness, but it feels fresh. It doesn't feel like [how] I felt going into the third season of the Housewives. There was just so much muck and I just didn't feel it was good energy."

The Skinnygirl mogul won't reveal if Bryn will be on the show, possibly because she just doesn't know yet. Jason would have to sign off on that and considering his behavior so far, it doesn't look likely.

"When I went onto Housewives when I was younger, I didn't have family, I didn't have a business, I didn't have partners. I think basically the important thing is how I'm just being honest about my perspective... Ironically, I'm never a Housewife when I'm a housewife!"

Welcome back Bethenny! PLEASE bring Alex McCord back with you!