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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (Feb. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120076
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 liethe stars sometimes doand he knows "everybody." Gore Vidal Mr. Bowers, 88, recalls his highly unorthodox life in a ribald memoir . . . [A] lurid, no-detail-too-excruciating account of a sexual Zelig who (if you believe him) trawled an X-rated underworld for over three decades without getting caught. . . . [A] lot of what Mr. Bowers has to say is pretty shocking. . . . "Full Service" at the very least highlights how sharply the rules of engagement for reporting celebrity gossip have changed. . . . [I]t s much harder to keep details as salacious as the ones Mr. Bowers outlines under wraps. "Brooks Barnes, New York Times" "A jaw-dropping firsthand account of closeted life in Hollywood during the '40s and '50s. The wholesome image of the postwar 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 [Scotty Bowers] made his reputation by sleeping with everyone in Hollywood who wasn t actually Lassie, and now he tells all. If you ever suspected that Spencer Tracy was bisexual and Tyrone Power a coprophiliac, and if you happen to believe everything you read, here is all the testimony you require. Anthony Lane, "The New Yorker" [Q]uel scandale! "Vanity Fair" This handsome ex-Marine and his friendly gas station have long been alluded to in Hollywood memoirs. And now, at last, they go public. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" The book is like a 286-page gossip column from Hollywood s golden ageit names all the names and spills all the secrets. Bowers was a . . . free-love advocate far ahead of his time who claimed Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Edith Piaf and the Duke of Windsor (to mention just a few) as lovers. "W Magazine, " February s Most Wanted [A] tell-all book . . . .Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh are among those named by Bowers, now 88. . . . Younger readersat least those raised in the Internet and TMZ agemay find nearly as shocking the fact that the stories were squelched by studio publicists and remained largely under wraps back in the day. "Chicago Tribune" Connoisseurs of lurid tell-alls and the golden age of Hollywood will almost certainly be entranced by "Full Service." "The Atlantic Wire" The Scotty I knew was a guy who always seemed to be enjoying his life working morning, noon and night, with never a gripe; always with a smile to greet you, and never with an axe to grind. After a lifetime in Hollywood, that s a remarkable feat and its own kind of Zen. David Patrick Columbia, "New York Social Diary" "They said he'd never talk but at long last, the legendary Scotty Bowers has told his story, with all the honesty, compassion and insight that made him a confidant of movie stars, directors, billionaires, and politicians. Bowers knew Hollywood like no one else, invited behind closed doors to observe firsthand the true stories of America's dream factory. This is juicy, juicy stuffbut just as importantly, it's a seminal chapter of American popular culture that gives us a richer understanding of the people, times, and culture of Hollywood's Golden Age."William J. Mann, author of "Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn" "A picaresque romp that unabashedly uncovers long-hidden sexual scandals during Hollywood's golden years."John Rechy, author of "City of Night" Delicious with every salacious detail . . . The photographs alone are worth the price of admission. Huffington Post Controversial . . . vivid . . . As well as a titillating catalogue of sexual intrigue, the book is designed to expose of the hypocrisy and fear that swirled beneath the industry's on-screen glamour and crafted wholesomeness. . . . [Bowers] dramatically describes the climate of fear in an era when he worked as a bartender at Hollywood parties while the LAPD vice squad were prowling the hills in their patrol cars looking for parties and opportunities to arrest the participants. "The Guardian" (UK) After five years maintaining that sex secrets of Tinseltown s elite, at the age of 88, Bowers is revealing all in a sensational new memoir. "The Daily Express" (UK) "Full Service" opens the doors of the closeted, X-rated underworld of old Hollywood through three decades. "The Daily Mail" (UK) [Bowers] became the Mr. Fixit for screen icons who sought out the more lurid trappings of Tinseltown during its glory days. Wild affairs, gay romps and rampant prostitution were the order of the day and Bowers was the man they turned to for their salacious entertainment. "The Daily Mirror" (UK) Scotty Bowersonce a beacon of discretionfinally unveils the carnal peccadillos of many of the studio era s biggest players. . . . For impromptu beach house read-a-loud moments . . . this book is a must. "Lambda Literary" [If] you're one of those people who still owns a vintage princess phone, watches "Mad Men" obsessively, and yearns to go back to a simpler time when men and women exchanged witty banter in mid-Atlantic accents instead of jumping into the sack, read Bowers book. "Nerve.com" ["Full Service"] is about to blow the door off of the Hollywood Closet. . . . Escandalo! "Seattle Gay Scene" None of us are ready for what appears to be the kickass Old Hollywood memoir of 2012: Scotty Bowers s "Full Service." "AfterElton.com""

About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley James on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Tucker on Oct. 31 2012
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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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Naughty tell all of a gas station attendant who became intimate with many of the gay/bisexual male superstars in the Movie Industry of the days gone by. Writing style is hilarious and goofy and the stories will make your head spin. Who knew who was sleeping with who? And who knew all those leading men were busy leading men in to their bedrooms for all night male on male adventures. Enjoyable romp in the sack with the men of the Silver Screen.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Druckman on April 29 2013
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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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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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By pauline on Sept. 8 2014
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Fantastic read of Hollywood stars and their private sexual lives. Also a very honest portrait of a refreshingly honest full sexual services guy!
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