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A 2018 article published in New York Magazine by Jessica Pressler titled “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” was an in-depth look at the glamorous and scandalous story of twenty-something Anna Sorokin.
Sorokin had rebranded herself as Anna Delvey, a wealthy heiress, who by all accounts lived an extravagant lifestyle, until it was uncovered she had conned her way to the top.
Netflix & Shonda Rhimes Expand Creative Pact
In July 2021 it was annouced that the limited series Inventing Anna was created and executive produced by Bridgerton‘s Shonda Rhimes. The series is also executive produced by Betsy Beers, and stars Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox and Alexis Floyd.
Inventing Anna premieres in the US & Canada on February 11, 2022.
In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey? The series is inspired by the New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.
Additional Reading Material
You can read the original article on The Cut.
You can also read an article released after she was convicted in the New York Times.
Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s new friend, Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous – picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer.
When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance.
But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs – first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York.
Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. My Friend Anna is an unforgettable true story of money, power, greed, and female friendship.