Lisa Wu
Born (1973-01-23) January 23, 1973 (age 49)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesSharon Millette Hartwell
Lisa Wu-Hartwell
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • actress
  • realtor
  • screenwriter
  • designer
Years active1992 - present
Known forThe Real Housewives of Atlanta
Hollywood Divas
Spouse(s)
(m. 1992⁠–⁠2002)

(m. 2005⁠–⁠2011)
ChildrenJordan Sweat (b. 1995)
Justin Sweat (b. 1998)
Ed Hartwell, Jr. (b. 2007)

Lisa Wu is an American television personality, actress, realtor, screenwriter and designer. She is best known for appearing on reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Hollywood Divas.

Early life

Lisa was born and raised in Inglewood, California as one of nine children. Her father, Stanley Wu, is a first-generation Chinese-American and her mother, Victoria Brislis-Wu, was of Afro-Caribbean descent.[1]

During an early episode of RHOA, Wu and Nene Leakes visited her parents in Inglewood and Lisa recounted her experiences growing up biracial and how she and her family were often the targets of discriminatory comments in their neighborhood.[2]

Career

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Wu started her career as a backup dancer for musical artists and bands such as Public Enemy, EPMD, and Candyman. Shortly after this, she joined the rap group 9tene. After leaving music, Wu wrote, produced, and acted in the film Black Ball (2003). She remained in the film industry for many years as a screenwriter, producer, and an actress.

Wu was cast in the inaugural season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[3] She appeared in the main cast for the first two seasons (2008–09) and was a guest for the third season (2010–11). She ultimately made guest appearances further on in the ninth, tenth, and fourteenth seasons, respectively.

Wu is the author of a novel called When The Cake is Made. The novel was published in 2010 following her departure from RHOA.

Since her departure from RHOA, Wu has continued her career as an actress and producer. From 2014 until 2016, she was a cast member with four other actresses working on a short film, The White Sistas, on the TV One series Hollywood Divas.

Personal life

One of nine children, Wu's elder brother, Meho, is deceased, and Wu was seen grieving over his death in a Season 2 episode of RHOA, during the build-up to an anniversary of his death.[4]

From 1992 until 2002, Wu was married to Keith Sweat. The couple had two sons, Jordan (b. 1995) and Justin (b. 1998).[5][6][7][8][9][3]

In 2005, Wu married Ed Hartwell, and the couple had one son, Ed, Jr.[10] Ed Hartwell filed for divorce on August 24, 2011; it was finalized October 7, 2011, with the court document giving her name as Sharon Millette Hartwell.[11][12]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Black Ball Sharon
2013 The Internship Jeggins
At Mamu's Feet Jalisa
2014 Envy or Greed Adrienne Connell Short
First Impression Katrinah TV Movie
Atlanta (ATL) Undercover Actress
2016 Definitely Divorcing Valerie
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Lisa
2017 The White Sistas Gabriella White
Providence Island Louisa
2019 Professor Mack Rosalyn Mack
London Mitchell's Christmas Mercedes Mitchell
2020 Stolen Lilies Mrs. Lacey
Pinch Detective Marsh
2021 Envision -
Rift Supervisory Agent Greene

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008-17, 22 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main Cast: Season 1-2, Guest: Season 3, 9-10, 14
2009-2014 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Herself 2 episodes; Guest
2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself Episode: "The Real Housewives of Millionaire 5"
Meet the Browns Jenny Episode: "Meet the Stepdaughter"
2011 Templeton Pride Michelle Thomas TV Series
2014-16 Hollywood Divas Herself Main Cast
2015 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live! Herself Episode: "After Party Live! 414"
Born Again Virgin Lisa Episode: "Go Hard or Go Home"
2016 Nubbin & Friends Lena Chick Episode: "The Letter "A""
2019 Last Call Miranda Episode: "Stupid Cupid"
2021-2022 Saints & Sinners Felicia Thompson Recurring Cast: Seasons 5-6

References

  1. ^ "Victoria Carrie Brislis-Wu".
  2. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: A Cross-Cultural Exchange | NeNe Leakes Meets Lisa Wu's Family | RHOA | "So Many Asian People!". YouTube.
  3. ^ a b "Bravo's Hit Franchise Docu-Series "The Real Housewives" Heads South for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"" (Press release). Bravo. June 28, 2008. Archived from the original on December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016 – via TheFutonCritic.com. She's a devoted wife to her husband, NFL player Ed Hartwell, and their three children 13-year-old Jordan, ten-year-old Justin and one-year-old EJ.
  4. ^ "How did Lisa Wu Hartwell's older brother Meho die? * starcasm.net". 27 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Keith Sweat: a single dad's formula for a loving family and loyal fans". FindArticles.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  6. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta: Ed and Lisa Wu Hartwell". Essence. Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  7. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta: Ed and Lisa Wu Hartwell". Essence. Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  8. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta: Ed and Lisa Wu Hartwell". Essence. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta: Ed and Lisa Wu Hartwell". Essence. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Real Housewives of Atlanta's Lisa Wu-Hartwell Splits from Husband". Us Weekly. August 22, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Former RHOA Lisa Wu & Ed Hartwell Divorce Final… *Court Documents*". StraightFromTheA.com. January 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Edgerton Hartwell, II vs. haron Millette Hartwell". Superior Court, Fulton County, Georgia. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2016.