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Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody


6/14/1978, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Brook Busey-Maurio



Also Known As

Brooke Busey, Brooke Busey-Hunt
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Diablo Cody went from being a blogger to one of the hottest writers in Hollywood by way of being a stripper in Minneapolis, MN. Born Brooke Busey, Diablo found herself unappreciated in office jobs when she took up pole dancing part-time, on a whim. She admits she was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Diablo was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Screenplay for Juno.

    • In December 2007, Diablo became a columnist for Entertainment Weekly.

    • When Ellen Page hosted Saturday Night Live, Diablo Cody was impersonated by Andy Samberg in Ellen's opening monologue.

    • Diablo is a big fan of Beverly Hills 90210.

    • Diablo is the only author to have been inducted into Dave's Book Club on Late Show with David Letterman.

    • Diablo joined Twitter on April 26, 2008.

    • Diablo ranked No. 38 in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 List of 50 Smartest People in Hollywood, released in December 2007.

    • Cody is 5'5½" (1.66 m) tall.

    • Diablo played in a band while she was in high school.

    • Diablo's father works for the Illinois Tollway while her mother is an office employee at a construction company.

    • Diablo Cody looks up to director Quentin Tarantino as her hero. She has been tagged "the new Tarantino" by Juno director Jason Reitman.

    • Cody hates being called "stripper turned blogger turned screenwriter". She considers herself as more of the latter (screenwriter) than the former (stripper).

    • Diablo's favorite film genre is horror.

    • Diablo's former blog is entitled "Pussy Ranch: Old No.1 Brand Italian Whiskey". Her previous blog was called "The Red Secretary."

    • Diablo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Iowa.

    • Cody is a fan of the Beach Boys. She even knows where band member Brian Wilson eats his breakfast in Bel-Air.

    • Following the success of her film Juno, Diablo revealed she wants to get a tattoo of the film's star Ellen Page. Diablo already has a tattoo of a redhead on her arm and wants to add Ellen's face to her collection.

    • Awards Won for the movie Juno: 2007 - Best Original Screenplay, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award 2007 - Best Original Screenplay, Satellite Award 2007 - Best Original Screenplay, San Diego Film Critics Society Award 2007 - Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award 2007 - Best Original Screenplay, National Board of Review Award 2007 - Best Screenplay, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Sierra Award 2007 - Breakthrough Screenwriter of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival Hollywood Breakthrough Award 2007 - Best Screenplay, Florida Film Critics Circle Award 2007 - Best Screenplay, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award 2007 - Best Screenplay, Chicago Film Critics Association Award 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, Online Film Critics Society Award 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award 2008 - Best First Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award 2008 - Christopher Award, Feature Film, shared with producers 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, BAFTA Film Award 2008 - Best Original Screenplay, Academy Award

    • She picked the name Diablo Cody after listening to the song "El Diablo" by Arcadia and driving through the town of Cody, Wyoming.

    • Diablo has a tattoo on her right arm of a girl in a bikini. Until November of 2007 this was accompanied by a caption of "Jonny's girl" when she had it was replaced by a pair of roses.

  • Quotes

    • Diablo: (On working with Steven Spielberg) I had written the script for Juno and apparently Steven Spielberg had read it. I can't just call him Steven, that's weird...Mr. Spielberg had read it and he liked it. He asked me if I would write this television show for him and I said yeah!

    • Diablo: (advice for bloggers to succeed) There are so many talented people that exist in the marketplace. So, don't look for a plan. Put your blog out into the world and hope that your talent will speak for itself.

    • Diablo: (on wearing a surgical glove during her interview with newsblaze.com in 2008) It's important for a writer to have quirks. People like that shit, you know.

    • Diablo: I was pissed at men since birth! No, actually it is demeaning. But you know what's more demeaning, is the time I spent as a secretary prior to stripping. It was worse. I felt more devalued, more demeaned as a white collar worker.

    • Diablo: You hear the term "staying grounded" a lot when you're coming up in the industry and it's the one word I don't really understand because it implies being tethered almost and I don't like that. Why stay grounded? You might as well become a complete eccentric, float off into the sky and burn yourself on the sun and go crazy.

    • Diablo: (recounting her days as a stripper) I mean on one of the jobs I actually had a little time card I would punch in and punch out just like I was working in a kitchen. But then you get up on stage and dance to Metallica.

    • Diablo: Everybody knows that I'm not a snob when it comes to pop culture, obviously. I love reality shows. I will go see crappy movies, happily. I'm not an especially highbrow person, but I have always loved small, quirky, edgy movies. To use a string of obnoxious adjectives.

    • Diablo: (Cody was a stripper prior to becoming a writer.) I can't credit my physique for any of my writing success; in fact, I often suspect they're paying me to keep my clothes on these days.

    • Diablo: I feel much more naked as a writer than I did as a stripper. When I was stripping I felt pretty emotionally neutral because it wasn't a massive event in my life. But when I watch Juno there are bits I can only watch through my fingers because I cringe at how personal it is.

    • Diablo: (on writing the story of Juno) It was incredibly natural. It was like breathing. I saw Juno as an extension of myself. My friends and I were like Juno and her friend. We talked about sex all the time.

    • Diablo: I guess I'm inspired by awkward situations. I love awkward silences, I love forced politeness. To me, there is hilarity to be found in that.