Full Service

My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

Bowers, Scotty

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Full Service
"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. Full Service is not only a fascinating chronicle of Hollywoods sexual underground, but it 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."--From publisher's description.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Grove Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0802120075
Branch Call Number: B-Bo6778f 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 286 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Friedberg, Lionel


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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 y... Read More »

If TMZ was around in the 50's and 60's Scotty Bowers would have had his own segment.

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May 16, 2014
  • JBish661 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Interesting topic of a whitewashed part of Hollywood history and homosexuality in the mid-century. Too bad it's so poorly written. It's basically one gossip bit after another but not written very clearly or in an interesting manner. I wish an actual writer had been set to work on this tale, since there could have been a good story/history here.

Feb 03, 2014
  • LaEstrella rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

GRAPHIC and poorly written...cringe-worthy at times!

Nov 24, 2013
  • mrmervis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A gossipy journey through Hollywood, a little hard to believe at times.

Oct 09, 2013

What is arrogant about this title is that Scottie Bowers is not
self- conscious about writing this book . This is a highly entertaining title, but at the same time that is something incorrect and disturbing about it. One realizes that the author feels entitled to exploit the lives of these persons, and to judge these self centered, disoriented, sad characters. He uses scandal and other sociopathic methods to accomplish his purpose. One may call it the private portrait of a bygone world with it’s triumphs and defeats.

The focus is on the private sexual lives of highly respected Hollywood artists who accomplished so much; and who acted in films in order to do something useful and save themselves. And also on the sexual habits of other high society useless parasitic characters that should not be mentioned.

Mr. Bowers tries to shock us with his amazing recollections not considering that this is just what we suspected about the lives in golden Hollywood. That all these heterosexuals, closeted homosexuals, bisexuals, metrosexuals and transgender types were just as human as the rest of us. Nevertheless, our film industry should be proud of having talented actors such as Katherine Hepburn and Rock Hudson regardless of their sexual orientation.

I believe each and every single word written by Bowers, and there is a lack of exaggeration in his statements. He is just another writer trying to make a buck. I would recommend this book since Bowers made us even more awared of what was behind the curtain. What was it that Hollywood tried to hide for so long, in order to make millions out of us, and allow us to live in fantasy. And of the ways Hollywood continues to manipulate us and actively lies to us.

Mar 27, 2013

I can't believe I wasted my time on a borderline porn book. Find it hard to believe all that he claims as far as not being paid, to believing he did no wrong.
His memory conveniently lapsed on too many characters, places, time frame.
I hope the library keeps this type of book OFF THE SHELVES.

Mar 25, 2013
  • beroberts12 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Guess it's easy to write a scandalous book about those who are no longer alive to defend themselves.

Jul 30, 2012
  • Buddy_Garriott60 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the book for the most part was somewhat entertaining but I find it hard to believe that he actually met all those people and did as much as he professes to have done. I find the book to lean more towards being hyped trash than actually believable. The guy may or may not have gotten paid for what he did, but nonetheless that doesn't 'not' make him a whore and he seems to relish in the fact of stating so every chance he got. How does a nobody from hicksville eventually meet movie actors and actresses, and blah, blah, blah and he a literal nobody?. Some of the trash in this book is a little disturbing especially the parts about him as a minor and liking to have grown men fondle him and actually liking it! I wouldn't recommend this book as it's just too unbelievable and anyone can make up these stories, find biographies and put themselves in the middle of it all and make it theirs. He wasn't all that goodlooking but I guess back then, what ever was fair game is all that mattered. Overindulged pornography.

Jul 22, 2012
  • spartan11 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I'm sorry I wasted my time reading this trash.

Jul 02, 2012

He was no more than a pimp of Hollywood.

Jun 12, 2012
  • Basileus rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not very well written, and the chronology tends to jump all over the place, but a fairly interesting expose on the lurid side of the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you are into celebrity gossip, this book reads like one big long blind item reveal.

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