Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
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AuthorScotty Bowers
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectHollywood gossip
PublisherGrove Press / Grove/Atlantic[1]
Publication date2012
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
ISBN978-0-8021-2007-6
 
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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
Full Service book cover.jpg
Cover
AuthorScotty Bowers
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectHollywood gossip
PublisherGrove Press / Grove/Atlantic[1]
Publication date2012
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
ISBN978-0-8021-2007-6

Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars is a "tell all" book about the sex lives of Hollywood stars from the late 1940s to the early 1980s by Scotty Bowers, with Lionel Friedberg as a contributing author. In the book, Bowers makes many claims about the sex lives of many people, most of whom were associated with the Hollywood movie industry during that period. The book, which was vetted by a libel lawyer before publication, was refused by several publishers before ultimately being accepted by Grove Press and Grove/Atlantic.[2]

Summary[edit]

Bowers fought in the Pacific, including at the Battle of Iwo Jima, as a paramarine in the Marine Corps during World War II.[3] In 1946 he was pumping gas at a service station when he says Walter Pidgeon gave him $20 for a gay sexual encounter. Word spread, and in 1950 he stopped working at the service station. Bowers became well known in Hollywood for arranging sexual encounters for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and heterosexuals. In the book Bowers claims he arranged gay or bisexual encounters for Cary Grant, George Cukor, and Rock Hudson, as well as for actresses Vivien Leigh and Katharine Hepburn, for whom Bowers claims to have arranged encounters with "over 150 different women".[2] He claims to have arranged various types of encounters for Desi Arnaz, Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., Spencer Tracy, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Errol Flynn, Bob Hope, Tennessee Williams, W. Somerset Maugham, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, Édith Piaf, J. Edgar Hoover—who he says was a cross-dresser—Brian Epstein, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (both of whom Bowers claims were homosexual; he claims that their marriage was a sham).[2][3][4][5] Grove Press had the book reviewed by a libel lawyer prior to publication. Bowers was never caught by authorities; he kept all his contact information in his head.[2] Bowers claims to have personally had multiple gay sex encounters with Tracy. He also claims that the romance between Tracy and Hepburn was a Hollywood myth. The accuracy of his claims has been endorsed by Gore Vidal.[5]

Bowers stopped this part of his life when the AIDS epidemic began. He also worked as a handyman and bartender during this time. He got married in 1984 to his wife, Lois. Bowers claims he never took payment for arranging sexual encounters for others, only when he provided sex himself, and that though he is bisexual, his own preferences are women. Bowers never talked about these experiences before but decided to do so now, because his customers are now all dead.[2][4] On June 10, 2012, Bowers was featured on the show CBS News Sunday Morning.[6]

Reception[edit]

Adam Tschorn, writing for the Los Angeles Times, described the book as having an uneven, at times choppy, pace and much purple prose, highlighting a passage in which Bowers describes how he milked a cow. Although he considered some of the details too much for the general reader, he wrote that the book was "a good trashy read".[3] Matt Tyrnauer, a writer for Vanity Fair, described Bowers as "like the Kinsey Reports live and in living color", if the reader believed him.[2] Joanna Walters, in The Guardian, wrote that the book was a "titillating catalogue of sexual intrigue", and that its most shocking part was one where Bowers claimed that King Edward VIII abdicated to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson as a coverup for both being homosexual.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowers, Scotty (2012). Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. New York City: Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-2007-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Barnes, Brooks (January 27, 2012). "Hollywood Fixer Opens His Little Black Book". New York Times. p. ST1. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Tschorn, Adam (February 14, 2012). "Scotty Bowers' 'Full Service' names names from Hollywood Golden Age". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Former Hollywood 'pimp' says he fixed up Katherine Hepburn with 150 women (sic)". Wisconsin Gazette. January 31, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Walters, Joanna (February 1, 2012). "Sex fixer to the stars lifts lid on scandal in Hollywood's golden age". The Guardian. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "A keeper of Hollywood's secrets now spills them". CBS News. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 

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