Full Service

Full Service

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

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
11
Rate this:
Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends. His own lovers included Edith Piaf, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, and the abdicated King of England Edward VIII, and he arranged tricks or otherwise crossed paths with Tennessee Williams, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, Gloria Swanson, No#65533;l Coward, Mae West, James Dean, Rock Hudson and J. Edgar Hoover, to name but a few.

Full Service is not only a fascinating chronicle of Hollywood's sexual underground, but also exposes the hypocrisy of the major studios, who used actors to propagate a myth of a conformist, sexually innocent America knowing full well that their stars' personal lives differed dramatically from this family-friendly mold. As revelation-filled as Hollywood Babylon , Full Service provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution and is a testament to a man who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780802120076
Branch Call Number: 306. 743092 BOW B
Characteristics: xiii, 286 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports.
Additional Contributors: Friedberg, Lionel

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

m
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.

a
athena14
Mar 22, 2017

I enjoyed his confirmation of Katharine Hepburn's dyke self. Her studio-imposed "romance" with Spencer Tracy always turned my stomach.

s
SMilzer
Dec 22, 2016

I'm surprised to find this on the shelves of a public library. Trashy and ill-written, very little of it is credible (thank god). Mr. Bowers describes with lurid delight intimate details of childhood molestations, but he only dimly recalls fighting with the Marines in two of the most vicious battles of WWII, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, describing his recollection as "hazy." And his serial sexual encounters with screen stars and royalty of every conceivable gender are simply listed. It's as if he and his co-author compiled a roster of everyone in Hollywood who was ever the subject of sexual innuendo, and had them visit this sexual Forrest Gump, one by one, at the gas station where he was employed as a grease monkey. A vile piece of junk. For a well-written and thoroughly entertaining Hollywood memoir, read "Me Cheetah: My Life in Hollywood," by Cheetah the Chimp (Ecco; 2009).

j
JBish661
May 16, 2014

Interesting topic of a whitewashed part of Hollywood history and homosexuality in the mid-century. Too bad it's so poorly written. It's basically one gossip bit after another but not written very clearly or in an interesting manner. I wish an actual writer had been set to work on this tale, since there could have been a good story/history here.

mrmervis Nov 24, 2013

A gossipy journey through Hollywood, a little hard to believe at times.

j
JESUSRCABRERA
Oct 09, 2013

What is arrogant about this title is that Scottie Bowers is not
self- conscious about writing this book . This is a highly entertaining title, but at the same time that is something incorrect and disturbing about it. One realizes that the author feels entitled to exploit the lives of these persons, and to judge these self centered, disoriented, sad characters. He uses scandal and other sociopathic methods to accomplish his purpose. One may call it the private portrait of a bygone world with it’s triumphs and defeats.

The focus is on the private sexual lives of highly respected Hollywood artists who accomplished so much; and who acted in films in order to do something useful and save themselves. And also on the sexual habits of other high society useless parasitic characters that should not be mentioned.

Mr. Bowers tries to shock us with his amazing recollections not considering that this is just what we suspected about the lives in golden Hollywood. That all these heterosexuals, closeted homosexuals, bisexuals, metrosexuals and transgender types were just as human as the rest of us. Nevertheless, our film industry should be proud of having talented actors such as Katherine Hepburn and Rock Hudson regardless of their sexual orientation.

I believe each and every single word written by Bowers, and there is a lack of exaggeration in his statements. He is just another writer trying to make a buck. I would recommend this book since Bowers made us even more awared of what was behind the curtain. What was it that Hollywood tried to hide for so long, in order to make millions out of us, and allow us to live in fantasy. And of the ways Hollywood continues to manipulate us and actively lies to us.

m
mklgeorge
Mar 27, 2013

I can't believe I wasted my time on a borderline porn book. Find it hard to believe all that he claims as far as not being paid, to believing he did no wrong.
His memory conveniently lapsed on too many characters, places, time frame.
I hope the library keeps this type of book OFF THE SHELVES.

b
Buddy_Garriott60
Jul 30, 2012

I thought the book for the most part was somewhat entertaining but I find it hard to believe that he actually met all those people and did as much as he professes to have done. I find the book to lean more towards being hyped trash than actually believable. The guy may or may not have gotten paid for what he did, but nonetheless that doesn't 'not' make him a whore and he seems to relish in the fact of stating so every chance he got. How does a nobody from hicksville eventually meet movie actors and actresses, and blah, blah, blah and he a literal nobody?. Some of the trash in this book is a little disturbing especially the parts about him as a minor and liking to have grown men fondle him and actually liking it! I wouldn't recommend this book as it's just too unbelievable and anyone can make up these stories, find biographies and put themselves in the middle of it all and make it theirs. He wasn't all that goodlooking but I guess back then, what ever was fair game is all that mattered. Overindulged pornography.

s
spartan11
Jul 22, 2012

I'm sorry I wasted my time reading this trash.

b
Basileus
Jun 12, 2012

Not very well written, and the chronology tends to jump all over the place, but a fairly interesting expose on the lurid side of the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you are into celebrity gossip, this book reads like one big long blind item reveal.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at CPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top