Inventing Anna

Who is Anna Delvey?

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Inspired by Jessica Pressler’s 2018 New York article about a woman who pretended to be a German heiress and scammed many wealthy New Yorkers in the process, Netflix’s Inventing Anna bills itself as a story that’s “completely true, except for all the parts that are totally made up.” That title-card disclaimer works on two levels, acknowledging both the elite scam-work done by Anna Sorokin, a.k.a. Delvey (Julia Garner), and the fictionalized approach this Shonda Rhimes-created series takes to tracking Delvey’s story via the reporting of that article, written here by a Pressler analogue named Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky) for Manhattan magazine.

The refrain of “Who is Anna Delvey?” echoes through all nine episodes of this limited series as it chases after an idea of “the truth” that becomes more malleable and subjective with every confusingly accented utterance that falls out of the mouth of its title character.

  1. Episode 9 Dangerously Close
    Inventing Anna Series-Finale Recap: There’s a Little Bit of Anna in All of Us We finally (sort of) find out whether Anna is a criminal mastermind or a naïve, ambitious young woman caught up in her own grift in the finale.
  2. Episode 8 Too Rich for Her Blood
    Inventing Anna Recap: What Happened at the Chateau Marmont Vivian’s article sets the internet on fire, but she’s convinced there is more to the story.
  3. Episode 7 Cash on Delivery
    Inventing Anna Recap: Scam Culture Is Here to Stay Vivian’s article baby and actual baby are born, both in dramatic fashion.
  4. Episode 6 Friends in Low Places
    Inventing Anna Recap: Let’s Take a Selfie Anna is running out of options.
  5. Episode 5 Check Out Time
    Inventing Anna Recap: With Friends Like These … Maybe Neff and Anna really are friends. Or maybe Neff is getting played like everyone else.
  6. Episode 4 A Wolf in Chic Clothing
    Inventing Anna Recap: How Alan Reed Got His Groove Back Everyone is getting swept up by the thrill of learning more about Anna.
  7. Episode 3 Two Birds, One Throne
    Inventing Anna Recap: Fake It ’Til You Make It Vivian makes headway on her story, and we see Anna as a cunning young woman scheming her way up the ladder.
  8. Episode 2 The Devil Wore Anna
    Inventing Anna Recap: Someone Needs a Chill Pill in Ibiza Vivian’s tour through Anna’s past relationships provides some crucial info, but doesn’t quite reveal what all these players want.
  9. Episode 1 Life of a VIP
    Inventing Anna Series-Premiere Recap: VIP Is Always Better The New York Magazine story turned Netflix–Shonda Rhimes miniseries asks, “Who is Anna Delvey?”

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