Diablo Cody is fresh off a huge win at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. She took Original Screenplay honors for Juno. The slightly quirky writer has led a colorful life prior to hitting it big in Hollywood.
Cody, who’s real name is Brook Busey Hunt, spent a year doing peepshows in Minneapolis before turning to more legitimate pursuits. She chronicled her escapades in a 2006 memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper.
Cody, 29, wrote her first screenplay two years ago and against all odds, it has turned golden for her. The 2007 movie, Juno tells the story of a 16 year old who finds herself pregnant. The movie, directed by Jason Reitman, was rolled out in limited release, beginning in early December and quickly picked up momentum. She has several other screenplays in the works, including a Showtime pilot The United States of Tara, that she is working on with Steven Spielberg.
Calling herself an emotional scavenger, the writer admits to being fascinated with stripping and all things seedy. She told David Letterman that the reason she changed her name was because Brook sounded tedious. Diablo means devil.
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