Full Service

Full Service

My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

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The wholesome image of America propagated by Hollywood in the 1940s, '50s and '60s is one of the most persistent in popular culture: loving wives, smiling children. But off the set, many of the actors who helped create this image were secretly leading very wild lives, and one man in particular was helping them: Scotty Bowers. At a time when sex outside of marriage was taboo, Scotty built up a reputation as the guy who could discreetly fix you up. Scotty slept with many stars himself, and connected others with his friends. Here, he tells his story for the first time. Scotty came to Hollywood after serving in the Marines in World War II, and began working at a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard. One day, he was approached and picked up by actor Walter Pidgeon, who whisked him off to a friend's villa for the first of many encounters with Hollywood's rich and famous. He developed long-term friendships with stars like Katharine Hepburn and Noel Coward, but he always kept it quiet--until he now provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Grove Press, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780802194763 (electronic bk.)
0802194761 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B BOWERS
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 286 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Friedberg, Lionel

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amherst19101
Oct 22, 2019

I find myself in agreement with many of the points made by the reviewers below. However, I guess I have a somewhat different take. The issue of the propriety of revealing rather private information of famous people, aside--and that is a big aside--and his own "unique" approach to his wife and daughter, I think there is much of value in this book. I find Bowers voice through the writer to be rather authentic, and in many ways refreshing. I think he was devoid of guilt about sex, and is likely true to his word when he said that his primary motivation was bringing joy to other people.

In this age when we are so prone to quickly becoming "morally offended" and then quickly retreat to our own individual high horses, Bowers' voice certainly provokes us to examine our own judgments esp. around sex.

Having read the comments below before the book, I expected to be offended. If anything, I came away amazingly impressed. At not only Bowers' apparently complete acceptance of human sexuality in all its facets--so long as it was consensual and mutually enjoyable, but his courage to live as he did at a very repressive time in America, the forties, fifties and early sixties.

This book has caused me to reflect that sadly today many of us have chosen to be quick with our judgments and almost as quick as putting them out, and at times without proper reflection. Bowers, who just passed away at age 96, was indeed one of a kind. In many ways, he was a real pioneer. And though his revelations of the sexual habits of many Hollywood biggies during an overall sexually & otherwise repressive era, may give one pause, I think as a document it is important and of value. And I do believe that whatever you may think of his tactic that Mr. Bowers indeed largely speaks the truth.

That is my sense anyway!

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LESeymour
Oct 22, 2019

Geez, I'd like to say this was informative but the author comes over more as a "please-excuse-my-cheating-I-was-poor" type! Endless references to major stars didn't make up for the sadness I felt with his talking about clueless wives and cheating husbands. I read the first 6 chapters and quit.

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Derringer
Jun 05, 2019

While reading Scotty Bowers' "Full Service" be sure to ask yourself whether you actually believe that Bowers wrote this scathing "tell-all" tale out of respect for those who he so callously named and exposed in his vicious, little story here. I think - Not.

Personally, I view Bowers as being a nasty, little monster who is ruthlessly making a final grab at his fifteen-minutes-of-fame here as he reveals the secret sex lives of numerous Hollywood stars from its "golden era".

If any of these people were still alive today, that would be one thing - But, since they are all deceased there's no one around anymore to challenge the mean-minded tales that Bowers is telling in this wretchedly written book of pure tattle.

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ManMachine
May 16, 2019

Throughout this entire "tell-all" tale the self-satisfied little George "Scotty" Bowers (88 at the time) smirks, and gloats, and winks as he gleefully exposes the secret sex lives of a number of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

During his notorious "pimping" days - Bowers not only catered to the sexual tastes of hard-core pedophiles - But, he also knowingly passed around venereal disease, as well, without ever batting an eye. (Nope. Not nice)

Put plain and simple - Bowers' "Full Service" is a royally vicious stab in the back of the very people who had given Bowers their complete trust in keeping his big mouth shut - But, of course, they are all now dead and are unable to dispute all of his venomous tattle-tales and get their well-deserved revenge on him.

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redtayres
Jan 21, 2019

After reading this book you'll feel a little dirty, but you've got to hand it to the author, who coasts through the whole thing with a sunny, untouched demeanor. Acting as unpaid pimp and call-boy to the stars, the author reveals - over reveals? - private and salacious details about the sex lives of stars based on first-hand knowledge. It's a fun if repetitive read and if you don't think you can stomach it, you might try watching the documentary film that came out just last year ("Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood"). The whole thing might seem unbelievable but you know what? I believed it all.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 19, 2018

I am still shaking my head with this one, but I do believe in reading everything, even if I disagree with it. When Scotty Bowers wrote his book, his attitude was most appalling and even disturbing, as he makes it seem it was acceptable even fun for a pedophile to rape him as an eight year old child. Scotty Bowers wrote his life story about his career and how he "makes people happy" in the Golden Age of Hollywood as a unpaid pimp and a prostitute for some very famous actors, and movie stars. He is a psychopath who confuses lust with love several times throughout his book. His empathy and remorse are clearly impaired, as he treats his daughter and wife poorly while he thinks he is selling love to the rich and famous. Unfortunately, we can’t question his story to these Hollywood stars, because they are deceased. It is too easy to discredit him, but unfortunately there is a lot of truth in what he writes. If you read this book, you must keep an open mind and listen to what he says before we judge him. Thanks to this book, I see Hollywood in a different light. 2.5/5 Stars. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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SusieQB1
Oct 29, 2018

Don't waste your time. Trash and tasteless.

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Harold1
Sep 08, 2018

Hollywood Babylon all over again...a sexual Zelig! Picture him in every bed in Hollywood from the late 40's to the 70's. This guy should do fiction writing. Oh wait, he already has.

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Mitzi352
Aug 23, 2018

Absolute trash. Big deal - numerous sexual exploits by a wide variety of people, over and over and over ad nauseam. Got pretty boring after 90 pages of the same crap. A book has to be awful bad for me not to finish it, but I quit after 100 pages.

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Mouziey
Jul 17, 2017

Now when I watch my TCM movies all the handsome leading guys are homos. The most horrific is "the hunch back of Norte dame" Mr. Laughton ate a sandwich with feces. All wonderful actors but their secret lives behind the certain is horrid...can see why people like Cary Grant only had the daughter in later years of life; too much fun with men. Tyrone power enjoy golden showers; both into male and females. The magical sex gas station if it talked would have more stories to share then Scotty....still sexual active into Septuagenarian boy is his hormone levels HIgH. Now he was only doing this for enjoyment not to identify himself as any particular.

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