Hollywood has a lot of secrets and when Scotty Bowers wrote his memoir families and friends of his subjects claimed the allegations were untrue. I wouldn’t be so quick to say that.
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Lives of the Stars is anything but a tabloid tell all. It’s a trip to what was probably the most glamorous time in Hollywood. The stars were American royalty and those fortunate to be in show business were worshipped by their adoring fans, but this is also a story of an open minded man and the bonds he made with the stars.
It begins when Bowers was working as a gas station attendant fresh out of World War II in Hollywood. Rather than go back to his home he decided to stay in California, where one night he was picked up for sex and soon he started to set his friends up with the stars. Always an entrepreneur he made some good friends in and out of show business and the people he introduced to one another were only a phone call away.
Bowers wasn’t a pimp. Throughout the book he maintains his innocence on not taking any money unless he was the one doing the tricking.
While the list of celebrities is fairly long, it is safe to say that these people were living their lives in the closet when it came to sexual dalliances. When writing about certain celebrities don’t expect for him to go into incredible details of what went on behind closed doors since this is a story about his life.
Although he writes about the rich and famous he gives the reader a touch of their personality which is usually left out in many biographies. This is the type of storytelling which really grabs and holds the reader.
And his life is just as fascinating as any celebrity.
Had it not been for his reputation around Hollywood then there probably wouldn’t be a story. By all means Bowers was just a regular person providing a very non regular service. The celebrities are just a backdrop to his life and many non sexual relationships were formed. He doesn’t fawn over them and he seems to have a nonchalant attitude with them.
While he didn’t marry until much later in life, he did have a live in girlfriend and a daughter. He made sure that the two of them were taken care of since he was always on the go or never at home for days at a time.
Quite simply the message in the book is to enjoy life and Bowers proves it by sharing his darkest hours as well as the lighthearted times.