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The begining of each episode of Inventing Anna reads, ‘this whole story is completely true,’ followed by, ‘Except for all the parts that are totally made up’. The series, which follows the escapades of Anna Delvey, the fake heiress who fooled New York high-society into believing she was worth millions of dollars, has captivated audiences who have been eager to decipher what is truth and what is fiction. From the case’s courtroom drama to Delvey’s VIP treatment at her upstate New York prison, Tatler indentifies what really occured during this tumultuous period. 

Julia Garner as Anna Delvey in Inventing Anna

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The real journalist’s experience versus Vivian’s 

The magazine in which Jessica Pressler’s original article was published was New York magazine whose website is refered to as The Cut. In the Neflix adaptation of the piece, the magazine in which the character of Vivian works goes by the fictional name of Manhattan. 

In an interview for Vulture, Pressler addresses the plot of the show in which Vivian has to persuade her stubborn male superiors of the value of publishing her piece. Pressler confimed that this was not true to the reception she had received from her editors in real life, ‘our bosses are quite the opposite. I think the show bosses are a stand-in for patriarchal offices in general’. In the series, Vivian is depicted as working closely with Delvey’s defense attorney, Todd Spodek, played by Arian Moayed. According to the BBC, Spodek was adamant that no journalist helped him out with his case work.