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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
 
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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars [Kindle Edition]

Scotty Bowers , Lionel Friedberg
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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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. Scotty doesn't lie - the stars sometimes do - and he knows everybody' - Gore Vidal '[A] juicy, filthy memoir.' - Guardian 'Full Service is a scandal fest, oozing salacious gossip in which Bowers... recalls where who did what to whom and how.' - Sunday Telegraph 'This handsome ex-Marine and his friendly gas station have long been alluded to in Hollywood memoirs. And now, at last, they go public.' - The New York Times 'Scotty Bowers is the most honest person I've known, with the best memory for names and places I've ever seen. If he tells you that something happened to somebody, that's the way it was.' - Bob Benevides - one of the subjects of Full Service, L.A. Weekly

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1849 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (Feb. 14 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071BWSZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full Service, by Scotty Bowers May 12 2012
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not sure why I ordered this, but have found 2 typos and I'm only at Page 48; was the other person involved not editing this?Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars he could at least have spelled Katharine Hepburn's name correctly, and if he's claiming some sort of friendship with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, he should know that he was never called "Eddie", his name was David ... not sure if I'll go much further - and how true is it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Full Service happy hooker June 22 2014
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This ties in neatly with Scotty Bowers' book Full Service, wherein is recounted a lifetime of enthusiastic prostitution that began at 10 years of age. Bowers and Vidal were friends for decades and Bowers may have been Vidal's role model for the concept of fluent bisexuality. Not only did Vidal provide a laudatory quote for the cover of Full Service, but the launch party on February 8, 2012 was the very last public appearance that the dying Vidal could muster the strength to make. Teeman has a near perfect description of Full Service in In Bed with Gore Vidal that is as good, or better, than any review I could create after gleefully diving into Full Service's salacious and delicious pages:

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read Jan. 21 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am not entirely convinced that everything Scotty Bowers claims is true. It is quite graphic, so be forewarned and prepared--this is not a jaunty little tale of who slept with whom. If the claims in this story are true, then Hollywood was a pansexual playground--and the movies it produced had nothing in common with the stories it created--neither on screen or around the lives of its stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Reading April 29 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An easy read, but I wonder how much of it is true, as all the players are dead, Fun to read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Oct. 31 2012
Format:Audio CD
The most disturbing thing about this book is that the author chronicles many instances of his being molested as a child as young as 8 by neighbors and priests, and paints it all in a positive light, as if child molestation was just good, clean fun. He also makes no connection between a childhood of being used as a sex object by a multitude of adults, and his later hypersexuality and pansexuality.
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