New Documentary Shines Light on Hollywood’s Sexual Fixer

Scotty Bowers ran a gas station in Hollywood where he and a group of friends serviced celebrities.

Scotty Bowers (YouTube)

Scotty Bowers was a well-known man in certain Hollywood circles. He worked at a gas station on the corner of North Van Ness Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, which he where and and his group of male and female friends “serviced Hollywood celebrities — many of them closeted homosexuals,” Vanity Fair writes.

In 2012, Bowers appeared on the cover of his autobiography, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, co-written with Lionel Friedberg and produced by literary agent David Kuhn, a former V.F. editor under Tina Brown. The book talked about Bowers’ time in the Marines as well as his sexual exploits in Hollywood.

He had a long list of clients and close friends, including Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Rock Hudson, Charles Laughton, Raymond Burr, Vincent Price, Cole Porter, and Vivien Leigh.

Now, a new documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, opens at theaters in Los Angeles and New York on August 3. The film depicts Bowers today: a 95-year-old man who lives with his second wife. He is a hoarder and has enough memorabilia to fill up two houses and multiple garages. He speaks lovingly of his first wife and their daughter, who died young. He talks at length about his friends in Hollywood.

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