Rachel DeLoache Williams is a photographer, writer, and former Condé Nast photo editor. DeLoache is the author of My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress, a book that chronicles how she was scammed out of more than $62,000 by Anna Delvey, whose real name is Anna Sorokin. Her book has been named one of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019. More about Rachel's life is in this interesting bio. Read on!
PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly News on your News Feed!
DeLoache reported to the New York City police department and county district attorney about Sorokin conning her $62,000. She also helped the police trace the fraudster in Los Angeles and testified against her in court. In 2019, Rachel turned the story into a book titled My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake and left Vanity Fair. The book featured in Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019.
- Full name: Rachel DeLoache Williams
- Birthday: 29th January 1988
- Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, The United States
- Age: 34 years old (as of 2022)
- Current residence: Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Religion: Christianity
- Father: Joshua Williams
- Marital status: Single
- Relationship status: Single
- Net worth: $1.5 million
- Height: 5 feet 6 inches
- Hair colour: Light Brown
- Eye colour: Blue
- Education: Kenyon College
- Qualification: Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art
- Year of graduation: 2010
- Career: Writer, Photographer, Creative Producer
- Book: My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress
- Instagram: @rdwilliams
- Twitter: @rachel_deloache
- LinkedIn: Rachel DeLoache Williams
- Website: www.racheldeloachewilliams.com
Enjoy reading our stories? Download the BRIEFLY NEWS app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!
What is Rachel DeLoache Williams' age?
Rachel was born on 29th January 1988, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is 34 years old as of 2022.
Her age is evident from the first lines of her piece on Vanity Fair about how Anna Delvey scammed her:
According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet sources, turning 29 on January 29, 2017, marked my golden birthday. At the time, I wasn't sure what that meant, but I had a gut feeling about my 30th year: it was going to be special; it was going to be good.
Rachel DeLoache Williams' father
Her father, Joshua Williams, ran for Congress in 2016. He vied on a Democrat ticket in a district the Republicans had dominated since 1855. Williams lost the primary elections to Renee Hoyos, who eventually lost in the general election.
DeLoache attended a local high school in Knoxville. She graduated from Kenyon College in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Studio Art.
Rachel DeLoache Williams moved to New York City in 2010 and landed her dream job at Vanity Fair's photo department, where she worked for nearly a decade.
At Vanity Fair, she helped produce photo shoots, including for the annual Hollywood and New Establishment issues. She also worked with the magazine's leading photographers and iconic subjects.
As a photography editor for Vanity Fair, her job involved logistical arrangements for high-profile photo shoots.
Condé Nast, which owns Vanity Fair, ultimately laid her off in February 2019.
Who is Rachel DeLoache Williams' husband?
The writer seems to be single; she has not introduced a husband to the public.
Anna Delvey and Rachel DeLoache Williams' story
Rachel DeLoache Williams became famous after she wrote about her experience with Anna Delvey in Vanity Fair. The magazine paid her $1,300 for the story, which was published in April 2018. The story was eventually turned into a book, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress.
My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams chronicles the story of how Anna Delvey, a con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City, seduced Rachel with her friendship and then scammed her out of more than $62,000.
Rachel met Anna through friends in February 2015. At the time, all of them believed Anna when she said that she was a German heiress with a $60 million trust fund. Anna's Instagram page solidified the image that she was painting.
Anna then proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, and Rachel jumped at the opportunity. The vacation took a dark turn when Anna's credit cards stopped working mysteriously, and she asked Rachel to start fronting the costs - for flight, meals, shopping, and their $7,500 per night private villa.
In the end, the hotel charged more than $62,000 to Rachel's credit cards.
Anna promised to reimburse Rachel once they were back in New York but never kept her word. When DeLoache discovered that her friend left a trail of unpaid bills wherever she went, she contacted the district attorney and helped the authorities bring down one of NYC's most notorious con artists.
Catherine McCaw, a Manhattan assistant district attorney, led the case against Anna. McCaw used DeLoache and Anna's friendship to catch her.
DeLoache texted Anna Delvey to meet up for lunch in Los Angeles on 3rd October 2017, without intending to show up. Instead, she sent police officers more photos of Anna from the Morrocco trip.
They apprehended Anna and flew her back to New York. Anna is currently in Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Rachel DeLoache Williams' book, HBO project, Inventing Anna
Lena Dunham turned DeLoache's experience into an HBO project. According to the information written on Rachel DeLoache Williams' Wikipedia, Rachel was paid $35,000 for adaptation rights.
DeLoache also earned $300,000 from her book deal with Simon & Schuster.
Netflix paid Sorokin $320,000 for the rights to create a series about her story. The series, Inventing Anna, premiered on 11th February 2022. Julia Garner and Katie Lowes play Sorokin and DeLoache.
Rachel DeLoache Williams posted her opinion about the show on her website. She also wrote an article for Air Mail criticizing Netflix for giving Sorokin attention and publicity. She called out the company during her interview with Vanity Fair.
Is the Inventing Anna story true?
Is Inventing Anna a real story? Yes it is. The series is based on the true-life story of fake German heiress and convicted con artist Anna Sorokin.
What did Inventing Anna do?
Anna Sorokin used a fake name, Anna Delvey, and pretended to be a German heiress to defraud lucrative hotels and banks. She was later exposed for defrauding her friend (Rachel Deloache Williams).
Who is Rachel in Inventing Anna?
American actress Julia Garner plays the role of Rachel Deloache Williams in the series.
Who is the real Rachel from Inventing Anna?
The real Rachel is Rachel DeLoache Williams, an American photographer, writer, and editor.
Is Rachel a real person in Inventing Anna?
Yes she is.
Did Rachel DeLoache Williams get her money back?
The jury found Sorokin guilty of eight charges (including attempted grand larceny, grand larceny in the second degree, and theft of services) but innocent of the majority of the charges from Marrakesh in Morrocco.
Although Anna did not pay Rachel the $62,000 she spent on their Morrocco trip, Rachel profited handsomely from her book and HBO deal. Moreover, Rachel’s credit card company forgave the bulk of her debt.
Rachel Deloache Williams' net worth
According to the website newsunzip.com, Rachel's net worth is guesstimated to be $1.5 million.
Where is Rachel Deloache Williams now?
Deloache lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a freelance writer, photographer, producer, and creative consultant.
Rachel DeLoache Williams' unfortunate experience with Anna Delvey cost her more than $62,000. The writer turned the tables and used her excellent writing skills to turn the ordeal into a book, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress.
Shona, or Uncle Shona (as many South Africans call him), passed away. Take a look at this bio to find out more about the legend.
Source: Briefly News