When it first came out on Feb. 11, Netflix’s true-crime series Inventing Anna captivated viewers.
The limited series starring Julia Garner tells the crazy true story of a con artist named Anna Sorokin. While living in New York City, she pretended to be a rich German heiress named Anna Delvey.
During her time in New York City, Sorokin took advantage of a lot of rich socialites and a number of well-known banks and hotels.
Since Sorokin was sentenced in 2019, there have been several versions of the story, including a book by her former friend Rachel Williams called My Friend Anna and an HBO series that hasn’t come out yet. However, the upcoming Netflix show is based on the New York article “How Anna (Sorokin) Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.
What is Anna Delvey’s Real Name?
Anna Delvey’s real name is Anna Sorokin. She was born on January 23, 1991, in a town outside of Moscow, Russia, called Domodedovo. However, she spent most of her childhood in Germany. Her family was middle-class. Her father drove a truck, and her mother used to own a small convenience store.
Sorokin left Germany when she was 19 to study fashion in Paris, where she got the name Anna Delvey. In the summer of 2013, she worked for Purple magazine and went to Fashion Week in New York. When it was over, she decided to stay in the city.
What Did Anna Delvey Do Wrong?
Sorokin posed as a rich German heiress while she was in New York City so she could get into the inner circle of the city’s most important socialites. During her time in the city, she took advantage of a lot of people, hotels, and banks. She often used invalid credit cards or fake bank statements to make it look like she was rich. She even came up with the idea of the Anna Delvey Foundation, a private club, and art foundation, to get wealthy people to give money to her brand and help it grow.
Sorokin was kicked out of several hotels because she moved from one to the next and didn’t pay her bills. Sorokin was caught in October 2017 during a sting operation. At the time, she was staying at a place in Los Angeles County, California, that helped people with drug problems. During her trial, it was thought that she had stolen about $275,000 worth of things.
Sorokin was found guilty of eight charges on April 25, 2019. These included attempted grand theft in the first degree, grand theft in the second degree, grand theft in the third degree, and theft of services. In May of that year, she was given a sentence of 4–12 years in state prison, a $24,000 fine, and a restitution order for about $199,000.
What Happened To Anna Delvey?
Sorokin was sent to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility after her trial, and then she was moved to the Albion Correctional Facility in New York. She got out of jail early in February 2021 and went straight back to Instagram.
But in March of that year, she was taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because she overstayed her visa.
Did Netflix Pay Anna Delvey To Come Up With The Idea For Anna?
The insider said in February 2022 that Netflix paid Sorokin $320,000 for the right to make Inventing Anna out of her life story. The article also says that Sorokin used $199,000 of the money she got from Netflix to pay back the money she owes to the banks and another $24,000 to pay off fines from the state.
Sorokin talked about the Netflix show in an open letter for Insider. She said that “nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal insane asylum setting sounds appealing to me.”
She wrote, “I had been hoping for a long time that by the time Inventing Anna came out, I would have moved on with my life.” “I thought the show would be a way to wrap up and close a long chapter that had come to an end. Nearly four years and hours of phone calls and visits later, the show is based on my story and told from a journalist’s point of view. And while I’m curious to see how they used all the research and materials I gave them, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought.