Inventing Anna takes Good Story Imprisons It In Unnecessary Excess As easy as it was to love the idea of Anna Delvey,

Before she inspired Shonda Rhimes' nine-part series "Inventing Anna," the woman who went by Anna Delvey nervily played

somewhere in the middle of America's hatred of and fascination with grifters, and our grudging obsession with the wealthy.

This Russian-German con artist, born Anna Sorokin, constructed such a convincing illusion out of snobbery and good taste that she succeeded

in stiffing luxury hotels and bilking financial institutions for hundreds of thousands of dollars She may have remained an essentially

She may have remained an essentially New York story if not for journalist Jessica Pressler, New York story if not for journalist Jessica Pressler

who made Delvey an international sensation by way a 2018 New York Magazine profile emphasizing her stunning guile

And essential unknowability. Through Pressler's story we traveled with Delvey into some of New York's

most exclusive circles, mingling with high society and discovering how far flattery and snobbery can take someone