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