If you haven’t yet heard of the Scotty Bowers Hollywood memoir Full Service, you soon will. Scheduled for publication on Valentine’s Day, it’s all about his experiences as a gigolo in post-World War II Hollywood with such Golden Age brand names as Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
What’s somewhat unusual is that leading up to the February 14 publication date, and even before, Bowers had refused all interview requests. But he has finally connected with a reporter, The Guardian‘s Joanna Walters. Now 88 (and still living in LA), Bowers evidently decided that the book and interview needed to finally be put to paper, before he might no longer have the chance:
In the interview, Bowers said he’d kept quiet before because he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. He declared that he was talking now simply because “I’m not getting any younger and all my famous ‘tricks’ are dead. The truth can’t hurt them any more.”
The contents of the upcoming book, framed with a generous jacket copy quote from Bowers’ close friend Gore Vidal, are extremely salacious. The author’s unlikely Tinseltown adventures–which eventually grew to encompass the sexual brokering of friends–started when actor Walter Pidgeon made an offer after pulling into the Hollywood Blvd. gas station where Bowers was working as an attendant. Hence the book’s title.
To read the Guardian article, click here.
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