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Full Service

My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"A startling memoir." (Gore Vidal)

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This book is poorly written, sexually crude, with not a single sympathetic character. That said, I listened to it twice!

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Disappointing

The only part of the book I really enjoyed owas the juicy tidbits about which forties movie stars a
were actually gay, all of which could have been told in one chapter. Scotty spends a lot of time trying to convince you that he never accepted money for sex or arranging sex. I don't believe a word of it. I think he was a prostitute and a pimp. I also believe he was a sexual addict, no doubt caused by the molestation he experienced as a child by adults. I was very uncomfortable with him trying to rationalize these experiences and make it sound like it was all normal. I was also annoyed by the narrator. If I had to hear him mispronounce Louie B Mayer one more time I thought I would scream. my advice is don't waste your time.

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Didn't disappoint.

I am glad to have listened to the whole book and not just picked up the paperback. Listening to his story unfold was much more enjoyable. Better, because, I wasn't able to keep flipping through pages to get to the next gossipy part.

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Truth or fiction?

This was a fun book to listen to, but after so much name dropping of famous, but dead movie stars who supposedly had sex with men, I began to think a lot of it might be fiction since none of the movie stars could defend themselves. I find it hard to believe Walter Pidgeon or Spencer Tracy were really gay. And the time line is wrong on several stories - I've read countless times that Cary Grant & Randolph Scott did, indeed live together - but it was in the mid 30's - well before Scotty was old enough to be doing what he claimed - he placed them living together a decade later, but it is well documented Cary was married to the rich Miss Hutton at that time. Maybe the author exaggerated some to catch attention to himself. It works as a time capsule of showing how deviant Hollywood once was.

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Deserves to be a camp classic!

Have you ever thought “I wish Great Expectations had more explicit sex in it?” Well have I got the book for you! Make no mistake, this book is trash, but it’s incredibly entertaining trash. Mr. Bowers is essentially Forrest Gump with narcissistic personality disorder. He thinks EXTREMELY highly of himself and never encounters anyone here who isn’t immediately enchanted by his charm. I personally didn’t believe a word of his stories, but who cares? This is best approached as pure camp. I reached a point where I knew another IMDb list or serendipitous sexual encounter was coming and cackle with laughter. He’ll spin a wistful, nostalgic yarn and without warning shift over into an incredibly graphic description of a sexual situation. If you appreciate the movie Showgirls, you’ll probably find much to love here.
Points deducted for the parts without celebrities. Scotty’s life isn’t interesting on its own and I found myself bored by his interactions with non-famous people; also points deducted for the section on Charles Laughton which actually made me gag from disgust- it’s needlessly gross. Still though, if you know what you’re getting yourself into, it’s a lot of fun.

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Well OK then, now I know.

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I'd heard rumors of a few tales in this book, but most of it was still news to me. Especially delicious were the stories of J. Edgar Hoover and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. What was Hoover ever doing policing our country? Overall, a very fun and easy read from a very forthcoming and forgiving author. If there was a poignant corner to this book, it belonged to Mr Bowers' own storyline, replete with hard times, unforgivable neighbors, and predatory priests. Hello, American heartland! In the end, I think Mr. Bowers has given more to people than he's ever got--never mind the rascal that he is!

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wow

The beginning was hard to stomach. But I do understand why it needed to be told. It was not what I expected but it's a fascinating story.

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Candid, Compelling and Creepy

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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Wow, unbelievable!

At first I could not believe that a person could have such a life, but as I was listening I Googled the names, places, books, movies, articles AND all of it was true! Yes, a small few were not famous but the ones that were, were found legit. Absolutely an amazing life!

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Interesting

its must read if you love tales about old hollywood, entertaining and a little troubling.