Scotty Bowers' book Full Service: lurid disclosures, unflinchingly detailed
Scotty Bowers has kept quiet for 60 years but now, at 88, he’s talking about bedding the biggest screen icons of the day.
By Joanna Walters
Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn had just one thing in common – apart from being movie superstars.
But that one thing wasn’t the fairytale romance that Hollywood falsely spun for the public to keep their images clean, apparently.
They both used a handsome young gas station attendant for sex – in Tracy’s case personally, and in Hepburn’s case to procure her gay lovers, up to 150 of them over a lifetime.
This is just one revelation in a controversial memoir to be published later this month by an old man called Scotty Bowers, who was that gas station attendant, but also a gigolo and sex fixer to the stars during Hollywood’s golden age.
He has kept his mouth shut for 60 years but now, at 88, he’s talking. And how.
The result is a list as long as it is glittering of the screen icons he says he bedded and liaisons he arranged – both gay and straight – for the movie business elite in Los Angeles.
Bowers’s book unveils secrets involving Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Cole Porter, Rock Hudson and Bob Hope for starters, followed by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Cecil Beaton, Tennessee Williams, Somerset Maugham and, more obscurely, Edith Piaf and Brian Epstein.
His book is calculated to shock. Some of the sensationalist tales seem incredible, while the many lurid disclosures are unflinchingly detailed.
Rumours of his work as a gigolo and a pansexual, post-war version of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss have done the rounds for years and been exchanged faithfully in industry gossip circles.
And though such scandal might have been ignored by the establishment, Bowers has been lent credibility by the New York Times and Gore Vidal.