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Luann de Lesseps Once Impersonated Sharon Stone at an Italian Awards Show

The #RHONY countess flirted with Arnold Schwarzenegger, too.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Luann de Lesseps has had a pretty incredible life. She was a model, received the title of countess, and will soon marry her soulmate. 

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But we didn't know just how amazing Luann's life has been until we stumbled upon a video of her impersonating Sharon Stone at an Italian awards show.

Yes, you read that right. In the '90s, Luann donned a blonde, curly wig and slinky, sparkly, black gown to impersonate the Hollywood actress at the Italian equivalent of the Emmys. 

The clip, which you can see below, is mostly in Italian, but you can kind of get the gist of the bit. After it's revealed that an award given to fake Sharon is really intended for a couple of other winners, Luann is not having it. "No, it's for me," Luann takes a break from speaking Italian to say in English. "I came all the way from Los Angeles for this. I'm not gonna give it to them." 

There are also some other familiar faces in the audience, including Sylvester Stallone, one of this year's Oscar nominees, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who Luann flirted with while onstage. "Ciao, Arnold. Come stai?" Luann asked Arnold how he was as she blew him a kiss.

So how did Luann get this seemingly random gig anyway? Luann recounted the story in her book Class with the Countess, and actually, the opportunity came to her. "I was sitting at a cafe in Rome with a friend when a man came up to me and asked if I knew who Sharon Stone was," she wrote. "He told me that he needed someone to play Sharon Stone and asked me if I could do it. At first, I thought, 'He's putting me on,' but then I realized he was serious."

Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy and media mogul, was also in the audience that night. Three months after he saw Luann's prank onstage, he called her agent and offered her a job as a co-host of an Italian soccer show called Pressing. It sounds like Luann truly was a winner that night, after all. 

See more pics from Luann's exciting past, below.

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