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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by [Bowers, Scotty, Friedberg, Lionel]
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I have known Scotty Bowers for the better part of a century. I m so pleased that he has finally decided to tell his story to the world. His startling memoir includes great figures like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Scotty doesn't liethe stars sometimes doand he knows "everybody." Gore Vidal Mr. Bowers, 88, recalls his highly unorthodox life in a ribald memoir . . . [A] lurid, no-detail-too-excruciating account of a sexual Zelig who (if you believe him) trawled an X-rated underworld for over three decades without getting caught. . . . [A] lot of what Mr. Bowers has to say is pretty shocking. . . . "Full Service" at the very least highlights how sharply the rules of engagement for reporting celebrity gossip have changed. . . . [I]t s much harder to keep details as salacious as the ones Mr. Bowers outlines under wraps. "Brooks Barnes, New York Times" "A jaw-dropping firsthand account of closeted life in Hollywood during the '40s and '50s. The wholesome image of the postwar American family was acted, written, directed, and designed by people for whom such a life was never possible and Bowers writes about their pain and brilliance with the childlike wonder of Chauncey Gardiner. Turner Classic Movies will never quite look the same."Griffin Dunne, Actor/Director [Scotty Bowers] made his reputation by sleeping with everyone in Hollywood who wasn t actually Lassie, and now he tells all. If you ever suspected that Spencer Tracy was bisexual and Tyrone Power a coprophiliac, and if you happen to believe everything you read, here is all the testimony you require. Anthony Lane, "The New Yorker" [Q]uel scandale! "Vanity Fair" This handsome ex-Marine and his friendly gas station have long been alluded to in Hollywood memoirs. And now, at last, they go public. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" The book is like a 286-page gossip column from Hollywood s golden ageit names all the names and spills all the secrets. Bowers was a . . . free-love advocate far ahead of his time who claimed Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Edith Piaf and the Duke of Windsor (to mention just a few) as lovers. "W Magazine, " February s Most Wanted [A] tell-all book . . . .Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh are among those named by Bowers, now 88. . . . Younger readersat least those raised in the Internet and TMZ agemay find nearly as shocking the fact that the stories were squelched by studio publicists and remained largely under wraps back in the day. "Chicago Tribune" Connoisseurs of lurid tell-alls and the golden age of Hollywood will almost certainly be entranced by "Full Service." "The Atlantic Wire" The Scotty I knew was a guy who always seemed to be enjoying his life working morning, noon and night, with never a gripe; always with a smile to greet you, and never with an axe to grind. After a lifetime in Hollywood, that s a remarkable feat and its own kind of Zen. David Patrick Columbia, "New York Social Diary" "They said he'd never talk but at long last, the legendary Scotty Bowers has told his story, with all the honesty, compassion and insight that made him a confidant of movie stars, directors, billionaires, and politicians. Bowers knew Hollywood like no one else, invited behind closed doors to observe firsthand the true stories of America's dream factory. This is juicy, juicy stuffbut just as importantly, it's a seminal chapter of American popular culture that gives us a richer understanding of the people, times, and culture of Hollywood's Golden Age."William J. Mann, author of "Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn" "A picaresque romp that unabashedly uncovers long-hidden sexual scandals during Hollywood's golden years."John Rechy, author of "City of Night" Delicious with every salacious detail . . . The photographs alone are worth the price of admission. Huffington Post Controversial . . . vivid . . . As well as a titillating catalogue of sexual intrigue, the book is designed to expose of the hypocrisy and fear that swirled beneath the industry's on-screen glamour and crafted wholesomeness. . . . [Bowers] dramatically describes the climate of fear in an era when he worked as a bartender at Hollywood parties while the LAPD vice squad were prowling the hills in their patrol cars looking for parties and opportunities to arrest the participants. "The Guardian" (UK) After five years maintaining that sex secrets of Tinseltown s elite, at the age of 88, Bowers is revealing all in a sensational new memoir. "The Daily Express" (UK) "Full Service" opens the doors of the closeted, X-rated underworld of old Hollywood through three decades. "The Daily Mail" (UK) [Bowers] became the Mr. Fixit for screen icons who sought out the more lurid trappings of Tinseltown during its glory days. Wild affairs, gay romps and rampant prostitution were the order of the day and Bowers was the man they turned to for their salacious entertainment. "The Daily Mirror" (UK) Scotty Bowersonce a beacon of discretionfinally unveils the carnal peccadillos of many of the studio era s biggest players. . . . For impromptu beach house read-a-loud moments . . . this book is a must. "Lambda Literary" [If] you're one of those people who still owns a vintage princess phone, watches "Mad Men" obsessively, and yearns to go back to a simpler time when men and women exchanged witty banter in mid-Atlantic accents instead of jumping into the sack, read Bowers book. "Nerve.com" ["Full Service"] is about to blow the door off of the Hollywood Closet. . . . Escandalo! "Seattle Gay Scene" None of us are ready for what appears to be the kickass Old Hollywood memoir of 2012: Scotty Bowers s "Full Service." "AfterElton.com""

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"I have known Scotty Bowers for the better part of a century. I'm so pleased that he has finally decided to tell his story to the world. His startling memoir includes great figures like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Scotty doesn't lie-the stars sometimes do--and he knows "everybody.""--Gore Vidal
"A picaresque romp that unabashedly uncover long-hidden sexual scandals during Hollywood's golden years."--John Rechy, author of "City of Night"
"Scotty Bowers's memoir is a jaw-dropping firsthand account of closeted life in Hollywood during the '40s and '50s. The wholesome image of the post-war American family was acted, written, directed and designed by people for whom such a life was never possible and Bowers writes about their pain and brilliance with the childlike wonder of Chauncey Gardiner. Turner Classic Movies will never quite look the same."-Griffin Dunne, Actor/Director
"They said he'd never talk--but at long last, the legendary Scotty Bowers has told his

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Main edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00794U050
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
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A sensationalists's read, not a reliable historian's source. SB may well have been economical with the truth in parts of this book -about his motives as well as some accounts. Easy also to make allegations when many celebrity subjects are no longer around to refute claims.
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NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IS WAS LOT OF DRIBBLE COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT IT
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A great little easy read about the Stars of long ago, when watching a film was done on the "Silver screen".
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Just finished FULL SERVICE: an autobiographical account of Scotty Bowers, US Marine Core, below; a Hollywood barman and Mr Fix It (but not pimp) when it came to discrete `no-strings` sexual fun in the film making mecca.

I have been wanting to read this book for ages but every time I tried to source a good hardback copy, they were either prohibitively expensive, or in such poor second hand condition that they were not worth the price. But finally got a good copy, and it is one I am going to hang on to and re-read again and again I am sure. It is a wonderfully vivid account of the golden years of Hollywood but from the perspective of Scotty, a just discharged USMC, who found himself employing his good looks, and those of his ex Marine Core buddies, and surprisingly their girlfriends, to meet the needs of the Hollywood elite; either male or female.

Simply put it is a fascinating collection of stories, centred around a single individual, that stretches from the 1940`s to the 1980`s; where Scotty just helped his friends make a bit of extra money and help the closeted actors and actress find fun without being broken by their private proclivities becoming public. Then there wasn`t just the moral behaviour clauses in their contracts that could see them crashing to earth with a bang, if discovered, but the Vice Squad of the L.A.Police were always on the look out for a means to indulge their petty vindictiveness, and homosexuality was, and is, a much frowned upon habit in Hollywood; even now.

These recollections of Scotties are sensational as they include a list of the great and the good of Hollywood of that period and provide so much in widening our understanding of how that strange place works: it is stunning how this underworld went on without a blip on the radar.
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A farmboy from Illinois, Scotty Bowers headed for Los Angeles after his demob from the Marines at the end of World War Two. Working the evening shift at a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard, he was soon running a lucrative sideline as a "call-boy" (he calls it "tricking") with well-heeled Angelinos, most of them in the movie business - both men and women (he claims to prefer straight sex). As well as turning tricks himself, he also set up many another hard-up young man (or woman) with movie people great and small. Then as now on Sunset Strip, straight guys willingly turned gay tricks for a few dollars of beer money.

It's all yesteryear tittle-tattle, mostly set during the Fifties and Sixties. Everybody mentioned is safely dead and unable to start libel proceedings. But there is some juicy stuff here: threesomes, bondage, pool-party orgies. Somehow we've always sensed that our stage and screen idols have feet of clay; Scotty Bowers wants us to know that a proportion of their off-screen time is spent wallowing in mud.

Many names here are familiar to the gay gossips: Noel Coward, Montgomery Clift, James Dean. I was only occasionally surprised by his revelations: moving on from deceased Hollywood 'royalty' to deposed royals, he says he fixed the Duke of Windsor up with call-boys and Wallis with girls. At a time when pornography was illegal in the US (hard to imagine, isn't it?) he arranged a private showing of ex-King Farouk's extensive personal collection for Dr Alfred Kinsey and his fellow researchers.

Not all the scandal is sexual: Rita Hayworth was too stingy to buy her out-of-work brother new tyres for his beat-up truck.
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People who have reviewed this book seem to be up in arms about it's contents, my problem is that is tedious, badly 'written' and a trial to read for more than a few minutes at a time. One person appears outraged that its subjects are all dead, have they not heard of the libel laws? Mr Bowers and I share a mutual acquaintance and I have it on good authority that he (or his publisher) removed all references to the living to await Volume 2, when it will be legal to include them, or the book would have been twice as long. There's no point in getting upset about the contents of a book simply because you don't want to believe them.

Mr Bowers is well known in Los Angeles and the fact that Gore Vidal is willing to provide a 'puff' for the cover adds to it's credibilty, his fastidiousness about the English language make that a surprise however.
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The biggest load of trash I've ever read..........Interesting to see if this dirty old man gets sued by the remaining relatives of those who's names he's defiled...........I wonder if The U.S Marines are proud that the likes of Scottie claimed to be one of them?......Good grief, this is lie upon supposition upon wishful thinking upon outright bloody plagiarism..........In some places total paragraphs are copied from YOUTUBE !!!!! It doesn't get much worse than this folks...........The ridiculous Scottie even , claims to have witnessed the late Charles Lawton eating human excrement, thoughtfully provided by one of Scottie's "tricks"..........NO REAL HUMAN would actually admit to having been a part of that.........If this guy gets away with this, then there is no justice in the world.........I just hope WILLIAM HOLDENS family see what he's said about their late father..............He made claims regarding the British Royal Family too,UTTER BALDERDASH........
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