June 17, 2019
Scotty Bowers played the illicit matchmaker for many Hollywood celebrities who wanted a physical relationship with a same-sex partner.
An explosive documentary film, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” unveiled the names of several stars who were served by Bowers, including Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.
The movie is based on Bowers’ 2012 documentary, titled “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” and it detailed the misadventures of Bowers that began in 1946.
For Bowers, who is currently 95 years old, the gay matchmaking service began with actor Walter Pidgeon. The actor found Bowers when he was working at a Hollywood Boulevard gas station. Pidgeon gave Bowers $20 for spending time with him.
Soon, the rumors about him began to spread and an increasing number of celebrities started dropping by his gas station. Soon, Bowers started availing men and women to his celebrity clients.
He stopped providing the service sometime in the 1980s because his business suffered due to the AIDS crisis.
One of the major revelations that Bowers made in the film, as well as the book, is about having physical relationships with stars like Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner at Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs.
Even Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were his customers as he helped set up separate same-sex dates for both of them.
Shockingly, even a few British Royals were amongst his customers. The film showed that he even served the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Bowers’ claims were met with several criticisms. The film itself sees a clip of star Barbara Walters complaining that it was wrong of Bowers to make allegations against dead celebrities.
However, Bowers believed that revealing the true stories about the sexuality of these celebrities was not that big a deal. “It might be a secret to some square in Illinois. But it was not a secret to those in Hollywood,” he stated in the film.
The documentary film was released in April last year, and it bagged several recognitions under various prestigious film festivals around the world.
Back in 2017, a different kind of tell-all documentary, which revealed the secrets of the British Royal Family’s kitchen, also made headlines.