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, Noël 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.
©2012 Scotty Bowers and Lionel Friedberg (P)2012 Tantor
"A startling memoir." (Gore Vidal)
Ugh. I am a huge fan of memoirs and love classic nostalgic Hollywood tales but I suffered through about 2 hours of this boring and gross memoir before turning it off and wishing for my 20 bucks back. There was no charm to what little I listened to and I saw none on the horizon. If I had to hear about one more no name hair stylist to the star "sucking this guy off" I was going to hurl. I am sure there is an audience for this book but if you are a fan of books like Garry and Penny Marshall's and old Hollywood type memoirs this is NOT the book for you.
This book is poorly written, sexually crude, with not a single sympathetic character. That said, I listened to it twice!
Karen of Northern Michigan
I saw this man on the CBS Sunday Morning show..Normally, the Sunday morning show only carries family friendly, wholesome, feel good stories.. I naively didn't catch that mr. Bowers "serviced" Hollywood types sexually..I thought it'd be a fun listen..kind of like reading a People's magazine.. Silly me..
The book flips back and forth between his childhood and adulthood.. As a child, he has quite a few sexual experiences, all with men.. He describes these experiences as "lovely" with warm memories of those times.. If what he says is true, then he was sexually molested over and over again as a child, but he describes these memories as being wonderful.
As an adult, he describes himself as a great looking guy that was picked up by Hollywood men over and over again for a "good time".. He remarks often that he himself is not gay, but pretty much every story he writes about is with men...
I could care less if he's gay or not, but kept wondering why he was so determined to make sure everyone knows he's not gay when his book is all about relationships with other men.
I have never heard of most of the people in this book, so it's not so much a "tell all" as what seems like a fantasy...
But, having said that, I will admit, I didn't listen to much of the book.. Listening to his stories of sexual liasons just kind of makes you go "eeeewwww".... He seems kind of creepy.
I got it with a free credit, otherwise, I'd be really upset that I'd spent money on it.. It's really not worth listening to.. This man seems to be in denial about his life, or he has a fantastic imagination..
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!
The narrator was very good.
It was interesting to hear all the stories about the old movie stars. What a wild place Hollywood must have been before aids.
None, they were all pretty disgusting!
No moving moments just one sexual exploit after another.
It's a book that is fun listening to but you wouldn't want to be caught listening to it. Some parts of the book are just gross!!!
Maybe to some, as it's a racy story.
Its graphic nature.
Never heard him before, but he did a fine job.
Without giving anything away, there were a couple of deaths that were particularly saddening to me.
This is an "adults only" book and leans towards the gay male audience. Scotty was obvious bisexual and related many stories that were both interesting and even amusing. You will be shocked at the orientation and escapades of stars from the past. I envied Scotty for his association with the rich and famous. Great book!
If only ten percent of Bowers' stories are true it's still a fascinating and frank look at an era in Hollywood when certain activities and attitudes were sequestered and secreted from the public at large. Bowers names names and reveals the alleged sexual activities of many of our most famous celebrities. He seems to have known everyone and been a touchstone (no pun intended) for hooking people up. Just the vast number of vignettes causes one to ponder his verisimilitude. But I'm not casting aspersions because so many of his recollections have a ring of truth and seem plausible. And I'd think Gore Vidal would not endorse this book flippantly. But who knows? As always, Johnny Heller's reading is perfect.
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