Full Service

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 March, 2012, 12:00am


Full Service
by Scotty Bowers
Grove Press (e-book)

It's hard to know how much of this book to trust, so lurid are the allegations against Hollywood stars who once had their audiences swooning. Think 'Kate, Spence, Judy, Tyrone, George, Cary, Rita ...', just a few of Scotty Bowers' many 'wonderful friends', and one might become nostalgic for gentle romance. Think again. In this X-rated expose based on 150 hours of interviews with Hollywood's 'go-to guy' for sex, nothing is air-brushed to flatter. We have Cole Porter indulging in sticky situations; Errol Flynn requesting very young girls; Katharine Hepburn being fixed up with more than 150 women during the half century Bowers knew her; and Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII using Bowers' services to fulfil their urges. 'He liked boys. She liked girls,' Bowers writes. Revealed when Bowers was in his late 80s, the sordid tales have a whiff of fantasy, although some stories almost couldn't have been concocted, such as the one about what Charles Laughton liked to smear on his sandwiches. Full Service will not appeal to movie-goers with idealised views of Hollywood's greatest.