Full Service by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg

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8 Critic Reviews

Thanks to Pretty Woman and like Hollywood stereotypes, most people accept the notion of a good-natured hooker. But nobody’s going to believe a story about a pimp with a heart of gold.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

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.
 

About Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg

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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.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Grove Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Full Service
All: 8 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 6

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Bee Wilson on Feb 01 2013

Bowers may have shared bodily fluids and confidences with the stars, but that doesn't give him access to the secret of Hollywood.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by David Thomson on Mar 03 2012

For the moment, this is a topic, but soon it will fade away.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Bee Wilson on Feb 15 2012

The real life – the real desire – of cinema is preserved on celluloid for all of us to share.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by ANDREW RYAN on Mar 05 2012

Thanks to Pretty Woman and like Hollywood stereotypes, most people accept the notion of a good-natured hooker. But nobody’s going to believe a story about a pimp with a heart of gold.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Adam Tschorn on Feb 14 2012

If you're looking for a morality tale — a neat and tidy story arc in which Bowers reaches an epiphany or realizes the error of his ways — you'll be sorely disappointed.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Lewis Jones on Mar 09 2012

Scotty and his ghost write with cheerful and unabashed vulgarity about the sort of thing that undoubtedly did and still does go on in a city where fantasy and reality are hopelessly confused, and Full Service is probably best read as fiction, on a flight to LAX.

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Lambda Literary

Below average
Reviewed by Tom Eubanks on Jun 17 2012

Unfortunately for bold-faced gossip-lovers, the absence of an index might make Full Service a bit of a slog.

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Boy Culture

Below average
Feb 26 2012

In the end, I found Full Service—while poorly or at least inartfully written (too bad Tennessee Williams tore up his version)—weirdly charming, about 75% believable and almost unique among tell-alls in its utter lack of embarrassment or judgment.

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