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Anna Delvey Writes Diary On Life In Prison Ahead Of New Netflix Show Inventing Anna

Anna Delvey Writes Diary On Life In Prison Ahead Of New Netflix Show Inventing Anna

Anna Delvey has provided a unique insight into her life behind bars by releasing the first of her prison diaries.

Delvey, who is at the centre of upcoming Netflix series Inventing Anna, is writing about her life in Albion Correctional Facility, a medium security women's prison in upstate New York.

The 29-year-old hit headlines around the world in 2018 after Vanity Fair exposed how Delvey - real name Anna Sorokin - posed as a wealthy heiress and charmed her way into the social elite of New York City (scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process).

The heiress initially was given a 12 year sentence (Credit: Shutterstock)
The heiress initially was given a 12 year sentence (Credit: Shutterstock)
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Entitled Life Is Hard, her first diary entry begins: "Being in prison mostly feels like extended quarantining, only with a bunch of murderers, and we still can get our hair done."

Elsewhere in her diaries, Anna continued how Covid-19 has changed her prison experience, writing: "One day, corona was just another thing for the free world to handle, and the next day my yoga teacher is gone for good," before explaining how food deliveries have also changed.

"It will forever stay in my memory how, due to some interruption in the food supply chain, they took the liberty of replacing vegan French dressing with a regular blue cheese one," she writes. Like having to settle for non-organic mixed greens and broccoli wasn't punishment enough.

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"When I'm being casually told that granola bars are being replaced with powdered donuts, it's extra hard to maintain hope and stay positive."

The entry also details Anna's brief flirtation with religion to make a good impression on the parole board, as well as some prisoners who have been caught drinking hand sanitiser.

Much like the double life for herself that Anna so carefully crafted, it's hard to tell where the sarcasm ends and her genuine thoughts begin, but it certainly makes for a fascinating look at her personality and psyche.

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As she is in a medium-security prison, Anna is likely in caged-style accommodation with armed guards and a stricter regimented routine. However, as the diaries show, inmates are facing an increasing amount of time on their own to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Albion also features a number of programmes that the incarcerated can participate in, including anger management classes, guidance and counselling, and trauma programmes among others.

Anna will not have to spend much longer behind bars; after initially being given a four to 12-year term for grand larceny, the inmate is now set for an early release due to good behaviour, and could walk free as early as February 2021.

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"Anna has paid her debt to society handsomely, and I hope society repays the favour," said Attorney Todd Spodek told the New York Post. Tyla has reached out to Todd for further clarity.

This is something Anna herself has referenced on her Instagram, posting a photo from Legally Blonde.


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Julia Garner has transformed into the Russian fraudster for the upcoming Netflix series (Credit: Shutterstock)
Julia Garner has transformed into the Russian fraudster for the upcoming Netflix series (Credit: Shutterstock)

Ozark's Julia Garner is set to play Anna in a series loosely based around the con-artist titled Inventing Anna.

She recently told Wall Street Journal: "Anna is really funny. She's actually hysterical. And she's super soft-spoken and gentle. Going into any part, you can't have too many negative thoughts because you don't want to start with the character judging them."

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Kimberley Bond

Kim is a journalist at Tyla, and has previously worked at the Evening Standard, Radio Times as well as several national newspapers. A showbiz obsessive and a television fanatic, Kim is particularly interested in celebrity gossip, A-list events and the latest releases on either the big or small screen. Contact her at [email protected]