Brook Busey (born June 14, 1978), better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American Academy Award & BAFTA-winning screenwriter, writer, blogger, journalist and author. First known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her Pussy Ranch blog and her 2006 memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, Cody won wider fame as the writer of the 2007 film Juno, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Cody wrote a horror-drama screenplay about a teenage cannibal called Jennifer's Body during the filming, and promotion, of Juno. Actress Megan Fox signed on to play the leading role, Jennifer. Jennifer's Body was filmed from 2007 - 2008 and is set for a 2008 - 2009 release.
A sitcom written by Cody, called The United States of Tara, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, has been picked up for 13 episodes (including pilot) by the cable TV network Showtime.
Early life and career
Cody, who took the pen name Diablo Cody (diablo
for "devil") during a trip to Cody, Wyoming
, attended Benet Academy
, a Roman Catholic school in Lisle, Illinois
. She grew up in Lemont, Illinois
, a suburb of Chicago
. She graduated from the University of Iowa
with a media studies
degree. While at the University of Iowa, Cody was a DJ at KRUI 89.7 FM
. Her first jobs were doing secretarial work at a Chicago law firm and later proofreading copy
for advertisements that played on Twin Cities
Cody began a parody
of a weblog
called Red Secretary
, detailing the (fictional) exploits of a secretary living in Belarus
. The events were thinly-veiled allegories for events that happened in Cody's real life, but told from the perspective of a disgruntled, English-idiom
-challenged Eastern Bloc
Cody's first bona fide blog appeared under the nickname Darling Girl after Cody had moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, Minnesota to "live in sin" with Jon (Jonny) Hunt, a musician she had met over the Internet. They married in October 2004, but separated in late 2007. On December 5, 2007, Cody announced in her "Pussy Ranch" blog that they are now divorced; Hunt wrote that they nonetheless remain friends. Cody currently resides in Los Angeles.
Stripping and journalism
On a whim, Cody signed up for amateur night at a Minneapolis strip club called the Skyway Lounge. Enjoying the experience, she eventually quit her day job and took up stripping full-time. Cody also spent time working peep shows at Sex World, a Minneapolis adult novelty and DVD store. Cody soon made a retreat to journalism, and a budding writing career stimulated by her skin trade days.
While still stripping, Cody began writing for City Pages, an alternative Twin Cities weekly newspaper. She left City Pages just before it changed editorial hands. Cody has since written for the now-defunct Jane magazine. In December 2007, Cody debuted as Entertainment Weekly magazine's newest Backpage columnist, joining regular contributors Dalton Ross and the iconic pop horror author Stephen King on a rotational basis.
At the age of 24, Cody wrote her memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. The memoir began after Mason Novick, who would soon become Cody's manager, showed interest in Cody's acerbic wit. Based on the popularity Pussy Ranch had received, he was able to secure her a publishing contract with Gotham Books.
After completion of her book, Cody was encouraged by Novick to write her first screenplay. Within months she wrote Juno
, a coming-of-age story about a teenager's unplanned pregnancy. The Jason Reitman
-directed comedy stars Ellen Page
and Michael Cera
In July 2007, Showtime announced that it would be producing a pilot of Cody's Dreamworks television series, The United States of Tara. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Tara, a comedy about a mother with dissociative identity disorder, stars Toni Collette and will begin filming in Spring 2008. In October 2007, Cody sold a script titled Girly Style to Universal Studios, and a horror script called Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox, to Fox Atomic. She also partially wrote the script for Burlesque, a musical film by director/screenwriter Steven Antin.
Cody is best friends with fellow screenwriters Dana Fox (What Happens in Vegas) and Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and they often write their screenplays while hanging out together in order to get advice from one another.
Nominations and awards
was runner-up for the Toronto International Film Festival
People's Choice Award, won second prize at the Rome Film Festival, and earned four Academy Award
nominations, including one for Best Picture
. Cody herself won the Best Original Screenplay
Oscar for her debut script, which also picked up a Golden Globe
nomination and an Independent Spirit Award
for Best First Screenplay. She also won screenplay honors from BAFTA
, the Writers Guild of America
, Broadcast Film Critics Association
, the National Board of Review
, the Chicago Film Critics Association
, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
, the Florida Film Critics Circle
, the Southeastern Film Critics Association
, and the Satellite Awards
, the Cinema for Peace
Award 2008 for Most Valuable Work of Director, Producer & Screenwriter for Juno
- Her blogs:
- Diablo Cody at Twitter
- Interview with Diablo Cody about JUNO at the Telluride Film Festival, September 10, 2007
- Reitman and Cody, Consorting with 'Juno' - interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air, December 6, 2007
- Diablo Cody for JUNO, SuicideGirls interview, December 10, 2007
- City Pages interview with Diablo Cody, December 26, 2007
- Off the Stripper Pole and Into the Movies, The New York Times, December 2, 2007
- Showtime Pledges to United States, "Variety", June 4, 2008