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Full Service by Scotty Bowers is Now a Documentary: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

A few years ago we published Full Service, a “shocking exposé” (The New York Post) in which Scotty Bowers revealed his sexually free-spirited history with countless stars of the silver screen: Edith Piaf, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, 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 a few.

Now Academy Award-nominated director Matt Tyrnauer has filmed a documentary based on Bowers’ life, titled Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Here’s Tyrnauer in the New York Times:

“The sexual proclivities of some of the biggest stars of that era — Cary Grant, in particular — were well known to the town’s insiders . . . But people still gasp.”

Read the full New York Times article here.

Like Full Service, the forthcoming Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood aims to tell “an alternate history of Hollywood through a lens of one of its great unsung characters” (New York Times). If this lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution fascinates you, check out the trailer below.


Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood premiered at Arclight in Hollywood, CA on July 27th, and reviews have been rolling in. As NPR’s Andrew Lapin writes:

“The documentary sets fire to the red curtain of modesty we’ve draped around our celluloid idols for so long.”

Read the full NPR review here. Coverage has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed and Out Magazine among others, as well. Many commentators laud this movie—and Full Service, the book it was based on—not only for changing the way we see Hollywood, but also for illuminating a heretofore invisible chapter in LGBTQ history.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood will show at New York City’s IFC starting on August 3rd, 2018. Full Service is in bookstores now.