Fast Facts

  • Took her pen name during a drive through Cody, WY, while listening to a song called "El Diablo."
  • While working at an ad agency in Minneapolis in 2003, she entered an amateur stripper contest on a whim, then quit her day job to strip full-time and work at a peep show; wrote a 2005 memoir called Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. 
  • Was signed by a Hollywood literary manager after he discovered her blog.
  • Received an Oscar for the first screenplay she wrote, Juno.
  • In 2011, started hosting an online interview program called Red Band Trailer, which features Cody interviewing celebrities in an Airstream trailer.
  • Served as cochair for the Athena Film Festival, which celebrates women's leadership, in 2013.


  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2017, Writers Guild Awards — Episodic Comedy: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Winner
  • 2008, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
  • 2008, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2012, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee


  • Pam Busey — Mother
  • Greg Busey — Father
  • Jon Hunt — Ex-husband
  • Dan Maurio — Husband
  • Marcello Daniel Maurio — Son
  • Marc Busey — Brother


  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2000)

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  • Birth Name: Brook Busey
  • Birth Place: Lemont, IL
  • Profession: Writer

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