A tell-all memoir by a bisexual man who ran a prostitution ring in Hollywood from the 1940s until the advent of AIDS details the sexual proclivities of some of filmdom’s greatest legends.
Scotty Bowers, now 88, recalls arranging trysts for such A-listers as Cary Grant, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, Cole Porter, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Rock Hudson and Vivien Leigh. He claims to have set up Katharine Hepburn with more than 150 different women for sex with over the years.
Described by The New York Times as a ribald memoir, “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars” is scheduled to be published by Grove Press on Feb. 14. It was written with Lionel Friedberg, an award-winning documentary producer.
According to the Times, Hollywood insiders have known Bowers’ story for decades.
“Old Hollywood people who have, shall we say, known him would tell me stories,” Matt Tyrnauer, a writer for Vanity Fair and the director of the 2008 documentary “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” told the Times. “But whenever I followed up on what would obviously be a great story, I was told, ‘Oh, he’ll never talk.’”
But Bowers told the newspapers he decided to talk now because “I’m not getting any younger and all of my famous tricks are dead by now. The truth can’t hurt them anymore.”
According to the book, Bowers began his life as a prostitute in 1946. He was a 23-year-old newly discharged Marine who was pumping gas at a filling station on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, not far from Paramount Pictures.
One day Walter Pidgeon (best remembered for “Mrs. Miniver”) drove up and propositioned Bowers, who accepted. Soon, word spread among Pidgeon’s friends, and Bowers started “arranging similar stuff” for some of his friends.
Although bisexual, Bowers said he prefers the sexual company of women. He currently has a wife he’s been with for 27 years.