Cody at the premiere of Jennifer's Body (2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
June 14, 1978
Lemont, Illinois, USA
|Other names||Brook Maurio|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, TV producer, film producer, film director and author|
|Spouse(s)||Jon Hunt (2004–2007)
Dan Maurio (2009–present)
Brook Busey-Maurio (born June 14, 1978), better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer, stripper and director. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her "The Pussy Ranch" blog and in her memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (2005). Later, Cody achieved high critical acclaim for her debut script Juno (2007), winning awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
She is also known for showrunning the television series United States of Tara and for writing and producing the films Jennifer's Body (2009) and Young Adult (2011). Cody currently hosts the online celebrity interview show "Red Band Trailer" and her directorial debut, Paradise, is scheduled to open in 2013.
Early life and career
Cody and her older brother Marc were born and raised in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Cody was raised Catholic and attended Benet Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Lisle, Illinois. She took the pen name Diablo Cody (diablo is Spanish for "devil") after repeatedly listening to the song "El Diablo" by Arcadia while passing through Cody, Wyoming. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a media studies degree. While at the University of Iowa, she worked in the acquisitions department in the main university library. Her first jobs were doing secretarial work at a Chicago law firm and later proofreading copy for advertisements that played on Twin Cities radio stations.
Cody began a parody 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 girl.
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.
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, and has since written for the now-defunct Jane magazine. In December 2007, Cody began writing a column for the magazine Entertainment Weekly.
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 her sharp and sarcastic voice. Based on the popularity "The 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 Mason 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, United States of Tara. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Tara is a comedy about a mother with dissociative identity disorder, starring Toni Collette. The series began filming in Spring 2008, and premiered on January 18, 2009.
In October 2007, Cody sold a script titled Girly Style to Universal Studios, and a horror script called Jennifer's Body to Fox Atomic. Released on September 18, 2009, Jennifer's Body starred Megan Fox as the title character. She revised writer-director Steven Antin's script for his musical film Burlesque.
Cody is a friend of screenwriters Dana Fox (What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat) and Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and they often write their screenplays together in order to get advice from one another.
Cody made a small cameo appearance as herself in the U.S. broadcast television series 90210 (2008). She appeared in the same episode that marked the return of Tori Spelling as Donna Martin, in which Cody needed Spelling's character to make a dress for a red carpet event.
In 2009, Cody signed on to script and produce a film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High young adult book series. In 2011, she was brought in to revise first-time feature director Fede Alvarez's script for a remake of Sam Raimi's 1980s horror film The Evil Dead.
Since October, 2011, Cody has hosted an online celebrity interview program called "Red Band Trailer," on the broadband channel, L-studio. She originally launched the series privately on YouTube in summer 2010, and the Lexus channel picked it up the following year.
On the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, on February 24, 2012, she said her next project will be directing her first film, about a young woman who abandons religion after surviving a plane crash. In February 2013, she said that the film is called Paradise (firstly known as Lamb of God). Julianne Hough, Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand are in the cast. Mandate Pictures produced it.
In her book, she wrote fondly of her boyfriend "Jonny" (musician Jon Hunt). They were married from 2004 until 2007, during which time she was known in personal life as Brook Busey-Hunt.
On April 6, 2010, Cody announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband Dan Maurio, who works on Chelsea Lately, on which Cody also appears frequently as a "roundtable" guest. The couple married in the summer of 2009. Their son Marcello Daniel Maurio was born July 27, 2010.
As of 2008, Cody resides in Los Angeles.
Nominations and awards
Juno 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 an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay 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, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, the Satellite Awards, and the 2008 Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Work of Director, Producer & Screenwriter (which she shared with Jason Reitman, John Malkovich, Mason Novick, Russel Smith and Lianne Halfon). For Young Adult, Cody was nominated by awards associations such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Writers Guild of America. With Reitman, the director, and the actors Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt, she shared the Chairman's Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
|2008||Sunday Morning Shootout||Herself||#5.13|||
|2009||United States of Tara||Creator, writer, executive producer||2009–2011|
|90210||Herself||"Okaeri, Donna!": #1.19|||
|2010||Childrens Hospital||Writer||"Show Me on Montana": #2.10|||
|2011||Robot Chicken||Herself/Diana the Acrobat/Martha Kent||"Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack": #5.9|||
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Diablo Cody|
- Her blogs:
- Diablo Cody on Myspace (present)
- "The Pussy Ranch". CityPages.com. February 2005 - September 2007. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011.
- "The Pussy Ranch". BlogSpot.com. February 28, 2003 to February 22, 2005. Archived from the original on April 18, 2006.
- "Red Secretary". GeoCities.com. November 1, 2002 - December 4, 2002. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009.
- Diablo Cody at the Internet Movie Database