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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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The 4 Skating Games That Defined Our Childhood

Pro Skater 2, Skate 3, these skating games defined a generation

There was a special thrill that came from watching a pixelated Steve-O ride a mechanical bull through the streets of Barcelona.

From Nigel Beaverhausen to Bigfoot and Shrek, Steve-O was only one of the many crude unlockable characters available in Tony Hawk's Underground 2. Nailing trick combos as ludicrous as "Yee Haw + Acid Drop + grind + bull air," Tony Hawk's Underground 2 was not a game for those who couldn't suspend their disbelief, but that was always the anthology's charm. Kids who followed the series from its birth in 1999 were drawn to the game for its abundance in stupidity; exploring Area 51 in Pro Skater 1 or watching Spider-Man shred across audacious ramps in Pro Skater 2. In Underground 2, we'd send our avatars to the brink of death for no reason other than that it was fun to hear their bones crack.

Skating video games have a special place in the heart of '90s babies, mostly because the last few years have spawned no skater games that truly exemplify the genre's excellence. Pro Skater 5 was one of the most disappointing releases of all time, and 2018's Skate Jam is merely a hollow phone game with awkward controls.

However, hope was recently restored, as EA finally announced Skate 4 back in June. But thanks to COVID, it will be a long time before the project sees the light of day. As skate-enthusiasts continue to wait ever so patiently for Skate 4, let's revisit some of the best skating games that defined countless childhoods.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

While Pro Skater 1 is a certified classic, the nuanced details its sequel added made it one of the greatest video games ever to exist. The graphics were lush for a Playstation game, each of the massive sandbox levels containing minute details like graffiti and hidden areas, and the newly-unveiled create-a-character and skate-park editor modes provided players with an overabundance of customizable features that would go on to define the rest of the series. Playing alongside your friends in your own curated skate park was fantastic, ripping across them in the hopes they'd topple over mid-trick.

The soundtrack, which included a fantastic roster of Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax, and Bad Religion, was pure adrenaline. As a majority of game developers turned their attention to the imminent PS2 release, Pro Skater 2 was one of the last great games to honor its predecessor.

Skate 3

Just to clarify, Skate 1 and 2 were fantastic games, the latter just featured a lot of unnecessary bloat, such as the impossible "S.K.A.T.E." mimicry challenges and crap A.I., that distracted from the project's highlights. But for EA's (seemingly) final installation in the series, Skate 3 ditched the excess in favor of what it was known for: fluid, realistic skating mechanics, slick visuals, endless tricks, and fantastic creation tools.

While the game was criticized by some for not bringing anything fresh and new to the table, Skate 3 remains one of the most well-balanced games in the series. It caters to both newcomers and devotees alike. Gone are the security guards who would frustratingly chase you away from government buildings in Skate 2; and instead, as a decorative "pro skater" at the beginning of the game, the world is your oyster. Everywhere is free to explore, which may hinder a certain feeling of progress, but Skate 3 makes up for it with its surprising variety of challenges, sexy visuals, and massive trick catalog–and let us not forget the "Hall of Meat."

Tony Hawk's Underground 2

One can barely call THU 2 a skating game. The single-player campaign opens with your curated avatar being kidnapped by two people in hockey masks. He is brought to a dark room alongside other pro skaters like Bob Burnquist and Eric Sparrow. Bam Margera and Tony Hawk are revealed to be the captors and explain their plan for a "sick-as-hell" around-the-world "World Destruction Tour."

The objective is simple: to travel around the world to pillage and destroy and become a sweet ripper in the process. It's absurd, and the game is often panned by skating buffs for its insanely unrealistic game mechanics.

But for those who don't take themselves too seriously, THU 2 was a rip-roaring good time. It had varietal game modes, copious character creation options, and watching your character snap their board in half after activating the post-trick-fail "freak out" function was a hoot. The game leaned fully into its ridiculousness, and the payoff was rich for those who needed the lighthearted escape.

Session

Praised for being the most authentic skater game ever made, Session is an indie PC gem that shouldn't be played for those looking just to rip around. It follows a similar flick-stick mechanic to the Skate series but is much more difficult. It matches a foot to each stick so that to land a simple kickflip, you have to make sure both sticks do the right flicks.

It's a simple mechanical tweak that makes for a frustrating few hours of gameplay, but for those patient enough to learn a few tricks, the system can make even the simplest manual feel satisfying as hell. Speed, angle, stance, timing, and rotation need to be accounted for if you want to land some tricks, but for those willing to traverse Session's beautiful landscapes, the game is one of the most absorbing skate games in recent memory, and could potentially be as impactful to kids today as Skate was for us.

luanne de lesseps sag harbor home House Tour Tuesday – A Sag Harbor Home Fit for a Countess/Housewife

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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