'Inventing Anna': everything you need to know about Netflix's drama series on Anna Delvey

The "German heiress" threw NYC for a loop, and 'Inventing Anna' will recount the whole crazy true-life story

Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvey in episode 105 of Inventing Anna
(Image credit: Aaron Epstein/Netflix )

Anna Delvey had New York's wealthiest folks completely fooled. Now, Inventing Anna will tell the story of the self-proclaimed German heiress and the infamous New Yorker article that exposed her. 

Netflix's latest Shonda Rhimes project is still several months away, but it's already causing a stir—much like Anna Delvey herself. Before your new favorite drama series hit screens, we'll fill you in on everything you need to know about the true-life tale. Trust us, you can't afford to miss it. 

Julia Garner as Anna Delvey, Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 108 of Inventing Anna.


'Inventing Anna': what is it about?

The nine-episode series will focus on millennial influencer Anna Delvey, born Anna Sorokin, who had aspirations of opening a NYC-based art club. In the process, she swindled friends and businesses out of $275,000 over a 10-month period. 

Writer Jessica Pressler thought Anna's suspicious activity would be her big break into the journalism industry, and she was correct. Covering Anna's activities for The New Yorker ultimately exposed the scammer, and Inventing Anna will explore the story through the author's eyes. 

What happened to Anna Delvey?

In 2019, scammer Anna Delvey was convicted of four counts of theft services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny. At the time, she had revealed to The New York Times that she didn't regret her actions, but the way in which she came across as money hungry when she claims she was really seeking power. 

"The thing is, I’m not sorry. I’d be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything," Delvey told the outlet. 

Although she was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, she was released in February 2021. Upon her exit, she quickly returned to social media to claim that she had a surprise up her sleeves for her fans. As of November 2021, she still has the possibility of being deported from the U.S.

She's anxious to rewrite the script of her story, as she told ABC News in September 2021. "I never had a fraudulent intent. And I guess that's what should really count.”

When is the 'Inventing Anna' release date?

The drama series will hit Netflix on Friday, February 11, 2022. 

Is there an 'Inventing Anna' trailer?

Netflix dropped an official teaser for Inventing Anna on November 22 and it's full of fashion, finery and, yes, fraud.

'Inventing Anna' cast: Who's who?

  • Julia Garner (Anna) 
  • Anna Chlumsky (Vivian) 
  • Alexis Floyd (Neff) 
  • Arian Moayed (Todd) 
  • Katie Lowes (Rachel) 
  • Jeff Perry (Lou) 
  • Anna Deavere Smith (Maud) 
  • Anders Holm (Jack) 
  • Laverne Cox (Kacy Duke) 
  • Terry Kinney (Barry) 
  • Jennifer Esposito (Talia) 

Is 'Inventing Anna' based on a book?

The subject of many a story, Anna's antics were the basis of Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams' book, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress. It was considered a cross between Sex and the City and Catch Me If You Can, yet none of it is fictional! You can't make up this type of story. 

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Rachel DeLoache Williams befriended wealthy German heiress Anna Delvey, who seemingly had it all. However, upon the all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakesh, where Delvey's credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the true story of the heiress came to the forefront.