I just finished reading and loved Full Service! I listened to it on CD in the car while driving around Hollywood and Los Angeles because I live here. I have no reason to doubt that Scotty Bower's account of his life is true. His personal story of how he came to Hollywood in 1945 and started to meet movie stars and famous folks and started developing long term friendships with many of them while setting them up with beautiful young men and women who were looking to make some extra money and have some fun at the same time. This new "career" was something that just happened out of circumstance and was something Scotty never thought of doing, but grew organically over time. Scotty says he never took money for setting up these tricks for others, but only took money if he was tricking them himself. He said his main motivation was that he wanted to make people happy. He had absolutely no hang ups about sex, sees it as a natural and healthy part of life. The stars grew to trust Scotty because he never told their secrets and his story for decades until now that all of the people he mentions are dead and gone and that era has long passed. Scotty knew so many famous actors, writers, directors, royalty and numerous other people, some of whom met their significant others through his "match making." What's interesting about the book is it exposes the hypocrisy that many stars pretended to be straight as part of their image and the movie studios had very strict morality clauses in their contracts, which did not accept somebody being openly gay or bisexual and they had to be discreet. Scotty provided a service to these people and became to many a loyal and trusted friend and confidant. Scotty was there to witness the happenings in Hollywood for decades as part of the inner circle of many names we all know and it is a fascinating account of what life was like for him in their bedrooms and at the parties. I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter and Scotty seems like a genuinely nice, affectionate and humble guy who has lived a very interesting life and has no regrets. He's finally ready to tell his story and I'm very glad he did! He made a lot of people very happy and provided a great service! He never tried to take advantage of a client and that's why most of the people he knew stayed in contact with him most of their lives. Now in his late 80's he still works as a bartender at private parties. He chose to finally tell his story his way at the appropriate time when times have changed and his clients/friends have passed on so no harm is done. It's an amazing first person account of the sexual secret underground of a past era in Hollywood. We've heard a lot of rumors, find out which ones are true.
The whole story is memorable, a very unique life story I've never read anything else like it!
Johnny Heller was the perfect voice with just the right pace, delivery and emotion to tell this story!
I laughed at times and was shocked at times! It was never boring. I could have listened to it even more if it was longer.
I'm glad Scotty Bowers chose to tell his story finally after all these years. I believe he is telling the truth especially since Gore Vidal is quoted on the inside jacket to the book and knew Scotty for 60 years as well as many of the same people. "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 Katharine Hepburn. Scotty doesn't lie - the stars sometimes do - and he knows everybody." Gore Vidal
That's enough validation of the truth for me. Scotty has said he didn't write the book to make money, it's clear he never really cared much about money. He had been prodded for years by Tennessee Williams and Dominique Dunne and others to write his memoirs, but resisted until most of the people he talks about in his story have long passed on. I think that shows respect. These people were a big part of his life story and he has the right to chronicle that. Many people in the United States are so hung up on sex and have such a difficult time with the subject and always try to say that anything other than vanilla plain old missionary heterosexual married sex is somehow wrong. It was very interesting to learn how much variety there was in the golden age of Hollywood in the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's. I enjoyed reading it!
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