With the release of “Juno” back in 2007, Diablo Cody launched on to the scene in a big way. A tiny little indie directed by Jason Reitman, “Juno” did surprisingly good numbers at the box office and impressed critics and audiences alike. The film earned Cody an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and gave her a career in Hollywood.


Before becoming a professional screenwriter, Cody was working as a stripper and blogger in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Through writing blogs, Cody was able to find her witty, sarcastic voice for which she has become so famous.


Blogging eventually led her towards journalism. Cody began to write for the Minneapolis publication, “City Pages” and “Jane” magazine, while still stripping at various venues around the Twin Cities.


Journalism earned Cody an audience, and in 2005 she published her memoir, “Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper.” The book was a hit and gave the writer a contract with Gotham Books.


Soon after her book was published, Cody was prompted to write a screenplay. She complied, and within a short while, what would become “Juno” was written and her career as a writer of film was set into motion.


2007 would end up being a big year for Cody, as not only was “Juno” released, but it was also announced that her pilot for “United States of Tara” was being produced by Showtime. Developed by Steven Spielberg, “Tara” follows a dysfunctional family, focusing mostly on the female characters. The show ran for three seasons and received positive reviews.


Two years later, Cody’s second feature film, “Jennifer’s Body” was released to lesser critical acclaim than her first. Starring Meagan Fox, “Jennifer’s Body” was about a murderous, demonic high schooler. The film was directed by Karyn Kusama who has not made a feature since.


The relationship established between Cody and Reitman on “Juno” proved to be a fruitful one, as in 2011 Cody would go on to write her second film for the director. “Young Adult” starred Charlize Theron as a ghost writer of YA novels. She is a hard character to like, and the film ends up being as much tragedy as it is comedy. “Young Adult” received very positive reviews and reminded critics of how good a writer Cody is at her best.


Last year, Cody’s directorial debut, “Paradise”, was given a limited release. With dancer Julianne Hough as the lead, “Paradise” received negative reviews.


Cody continues to do rewrite work, and has a TBS talk show along with a few features in the pipeline set for release in the near future.


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