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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

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"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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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 08-01-18

Great Book on the Real Hollywood Behind the Scenes

Great book about the real lives (particularly sex lives) of famous Hollywood actors and icons. I think it also speaks to the varied sex lives, that unlike the very rich and famous, that most of us keep repressed or hidden. In other words straight monogamy for most is still a myth that our culture and religions push even though we are anything but. Note I'm a straight guy with nothing like most interests of Scotty but in him I recognize a person that I envy because of his ability to love and appreciate (not just sexually) most people. Book very enlightening and very very entertaining. Highly recommended.

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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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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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One heck of life

A slice of life perhaps but a very particular life and one that feels like peeping through a porthole into a realm that seems far off and yet so wonderfully drawn. Not literary but literal. Not pretentious just unabashed. Captures the zeitgeist.

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X-Rated Hollywood Bio

Wow. Just wow. we need to thank Scotty Bowers for this spicy sexual history of Hollywood. He fearlessly named names and spills the tea on many of the Hollywood legends. I have to admit that I found myself shaking my head and uttering stuff like "...you smarmy bastard" and "Damn, your peckers' gonna fall off, dude !" as I read over his raunchy exploits. No judgments, but I found it kind of hard to relate to someone who so obviously lived from f*ck-to-f*ck.

If you liked Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon, you'll like this in-your-face, tell-all book. If you get grossed out easily, skip over the stuff about Charles Laughton.

The narration of this audiobook by Johnny Heller is excellent. I'm so glad they chose a more mature-sounding reader for this book - it just added more to the authenticity of the facts being presented.

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Riveting read. Jaw Dropping at times

Riveting read. Jaw Dropping at times. I enjoyed every minute of it. The Narrator was an Excellent story teller. I will never look at Hollywood the same after this.

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Hollywood Sex Uncovered

I couldn't stop reading/listening to this very enlightening book. Through Scotty Bowers I was able to explore a world that I always wondered about but would never have been exposed without him. Scotty is an excellent tour guide through the gambit of human sexuality. The reader was absolutely amazing.