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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars Hardcover – 16 Feb 2012
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"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." --Daily Mirror
"Full Service opens the doors of the closeted, X-rated underworld of old Hollywood through three decades." --Daily Mail
"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." --Guardian
"This handsome ex-Marine and his friendly gas station have long been alluded to in Hollywood memoirs. And now, at last, they go public." --The New York Times
"Scotty Bowers made his reputation by sleeping with everyone in Hollywood who wasn't actually Lassie, and now he tells all." --The New Yorker
This book contains the jaw-dropping confessions of the man who fulfilled the secret sexual fantasies of Hollywood's most glittering stars and royalty. It looks set to be a huge bestseller.See all Product description
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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. And Scotty reminds us just how terrible was William Holden's decline (one of the non-gay clients) into the farther reaches of alcoholism.
FULL SERVICE is written (ghost-written) in a gushing Louella Parsons prose style straight out of the "fanzines"; gushing enough to read at times like Barbara Cartland (who would churn in her urn at the comparison, I'm sure). I feel slightly ashamed to have wasted a few hours reading this tawdry drivel, but - oh dear - it's an undeniably compelling read. That said, I did find myself wondering how much of it is the sleazy truth and how much is money-minting fantasy.
[Reviewer is the author of THE BEXHILL MISSILE CRISIS]
No real surprises in the names he mentions, perhaps the biggest insight of the book is revealing how gay and bi-sexual stars had to hide their sexuality for fear of damaging their careers.