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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars Paperback – Bargain Price, February 12, 2013

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"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 Katherine Hepburn. Scotty doesn't lie-the stars sometimes do--and he knows "everybody.""--Gore Vidal "A picaresque romp that unabashedly uncover long-hidden sexual scandals during Hollywood's golden years."--John Rechy, author of "City of Night" "Scotty Bowers's memoir is a jaw-dropping firsthand account of closeted life in Hollywood during the '40s and '50s. The wholesome image of the post-war American family was acted, written, directed and designed by people for whom such a life was never possible and Bowers writes about their pain and brilliance with the childlike wonder of Chauncey Gardiner. Turner Classic Movies will never quite look the same."-Griffin Dunne, Actor/Director "They said he'd never talk--but at long last, the legendary Scotty Bowers has told his --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Scotty Bowers, now 88, still works as a bartender at private functions in Hollywood.
Lionel Friedberg is an Emmy-winning producer, director and professional writer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120555
  • ASIN: B00FY3D6EK
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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306 of 335 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hanna on January 19, 2012
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Somehow I was surprised that this was so well-written. Scotty Bowers seems like a nice, charming guy with boundless energy, curiosity and a great appetite for life who seems to have never had the slightest hang-up about sex. Of course having killer good looks and body didn't hurt. An interesting subtext about how witnessing real horror at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima increased his desire to live fully after the war.
The book is overflowing with juicy, bizarre, often very surprising gossip which can be hilariously funny, sometimes sad, and frequently over-the-top salacious. All of the in-your-face sexuality and pathos is interesting because it involves people who were so idealized at the time - and some still are. Plenty of rumors are confirmed and legends shattered. This goes well beyond "Hollywood Babylon" in explicitness and naming names. A real page-turner. Definitely not a re-hash of tired, familiar stories or questionable speculation; Scotty knew and saw them all up close and decided his fascinating tale was worth sharing, now that most of the denizens of old Hollywood are gone. The book's tone is never mean-spirited.
Gore Vidal calls the book startling and vouches for Scotty's veracity.
For those with delicate sensibilities: approach with caution. Some readers will be offended by "distasteful" and unflattering details about favorite celebrities, but if you're going to tell this kind of story nowadays, you might as well go ALL the way, and Scotty does!
There is an interesting article about Bowers and this book in the Sunday, Jan. 29th New York Times. A Vanity Fair writer and award-winning documentary film-maker has signed a deal to make a documentary about Scotty. Shortly after "Full Service" was published, a writer for L.
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80 of 91 people found the following review helpful By John Erman on February 2, 2012
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Scotty worked for me for years. He tended bar, he pruned trees, and he packed us up when we moved away from Los Angeles. This book was like a visit with an old friend. But, Scotty was forever youthful, forever enthusiastic, and a nice guy. This comes through in the book, which is amazing, because some of his stories will raise your eyebrows. He describes life in Hollywood as it will never be again. I was happy to read at the conclusion that his current life is a happy one. He deserves it. And, if you choose to read this eminently readable book, I think you'll have a good time. I did.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JGT on April 18, 2012
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Not really all that much new as far as dishing dirt on Hollywood stars. This book goes into more detail than some others but anyone who is interested in reading about movie stars will probably already know about who is gay or alcoholic or into kinky sex. Considering how many stars the author referred to as "dear friends" and "good buddies", I do find it rather odd that though there are a number of pictures of celebrities, there is not one photo of the author with any of the people named in the book.
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J & K on May 31, 2012
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I think most people have met someone like Scotty Bowers in their lives. He's the type of person who brags constantly about his sexual conquests... and yet you never really believe the stories. That's what reading Full Service is like. The first half of Bowers's life is all 1930s Depression and WW2, then it's just a list of increasingly incredible sexual exploits and pimping. For example, 150 different women for Katherine Hepburn. Really? Come on! OK, some of it may be true but most of it reads like boastful exaggeration. The fact that everyone he's writing about is dead is also highly suspicious. And he really does have a high opinion of himself as a lover! Best read as a bit of a joke and for some intriguing Hollywood gossip than taken entirely on face value.
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214 of 281 people found the following review helpful By AndrewCF on February 5, 2012
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Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and HollywoodSecret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade

Did Gore Vidal even read this book?

This autobiography of a "servicer" to the stars (because he is neither a madam nor a pimp and is an often-participant), Scotty Bowers, is trite, poorly written, and exasperating. It's devoid of wit and has a "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" feel to it despite the graphic depiction of his client's proclivities. This is a man who has waited until his late 80s to write his memoir, although he is often plagued by memory lapses. It is broadly painted, and Bowers somehow feels obligated to list screen credits for icons that the world knows. Bowers makes assumptions that famous film industry names are now unknown, such as Sydney Guilaroff and Orry-Kelly! But worse still, his revelations cannot be refuted, since most of the celebrities named are long gone. I have long been convinced that there is a trove of not-so-secret secrets well hidden by the Hollywood machine. Bowers doesn't even mention Van Johnson and Cesar Romero. But the intention of this book is to shock, but this annotated list of names is banal, as are most of the stories within. You might doze off at the inane analysis of the relationship between Rita Hayworth and her brother (not a sexual one).

I could rail about Bowers relationship to George Cukor. Cukor, though a brilliant director, was a prissy, mean-spirited and unattractive man (I know, having met him in the 70s).
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