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È morto Scotty Bowers, il gigolò delle superstar di Hollywood - la  RepubblicaGeorge Albert "Scotty" Bowers (July 1, 1923 – October 13, 2019) was an American who was a United States Marine and, from the 1940s to the 1980s, a Hollywood pimp.[1][2][3][4][5] Stories of his exploits circulated for many years[6] and were alluded to in books such as the notoriously unreliable Hollywood Babylon. Bowers’ claims were met with both praise and skepticism. Bowers decided to talk publicly about his life when most of the people involved had since died and, in his words, "The truth can’t hurt them anymore."[7][8] In 2012, the publication of his memoir Full Service, written by Lionel Friedberg from 150 hours of interviews,[9] drew publicity, including a profile in The New York Times,[7] and a feature on CBS News Sunday Morning.[4] One journalist wrote, "He has a savant-like quality: a result of his refusal to be embarrassed by sex."[6]

Bowers was born in Ottawa, Illinois, the son of Edna Ostrander and Glen Bowers.[10] He attended University of Chicago. After working his way through the Depression in Chicago, he fought in the Pacific, including at the Battle of Iwo Jima, as a Paramarine in the Marine Corps during World War II, losing his brother and two close friends.[11] According to his memoir, his sexual career began in 1946 while he was working as an attendant at the Richfield Oil gas station located at 5777 Hollywood Boulevard, at the corner of Van Ness Avenue.[11]

According to film critic Peter Debruge, writing for Variety in 2006: "Everyone knows Scotty. After all, he’s been serving drinks to the Beverly Hills crowd for almost 60 years, working a different party almost every night of the week, sometimes two a day."[13] Gore Vidal, maintaining Bowers' account was accurate,[17] spoke at the official launch of the memoir; it was Vidal's last public appearance.[18] Robert Benevides, the partner of actor Raymond Burr, said to the LA Weekly: "Scotty just liked to make people happy."[2] Film director John Schlesinger and investigative reporter and novelist Dominick Dunne also backed Bowers’ claims.[19] Joan Allemand, a former arts director of the Beverly Hills Unified School District, who knew Bowers for more than 20 years and introduced him to his subsequent co-writer, Lionel Friedberg, said: "Scotty doesn't lie about anything. He's a poor kid from a farm in Illinois, and when he got here, his two assets were his big penis and charming personality. That's what he used to feed his family."[2] Sir Cecil Beaton wrote of his sexual encounters with Bowers in his published diary of the 1960s,[20] while Debbie Reynolds wrote in her memoirs of Milton Berle employing him for a party prank.[21] Bowers appears in John Rechy's 1963 roman-à-clef City of Night as the character 'Smitty'.[22] A profile in the New York Social Diary stated: "Clients all agreed that he was 'very good' at what he did, and very agreeable... And very discreet. He did not discriminate. He even had one regular longtime client... who had no arms and no legs... The Scotty I knew was a guy who always seemed to be enjoying his life working morning, noon and night, with never a gripe; always with a smile to greet you, and never with an axe to grind. After a lifetime in Hollywood, that's a remarkable feat and its own kind of Zen."[23] It has been suggested that Bowers' claims were dismissed by some not simply because "virtually everyone he talks about has died", but because "many in the industry still cling to a prudish, homophobic and manufactured version of the past."[24] According to Matt Tyrnauer, director of a documentary on Bowers, it is merely proof of "the enduring power of the (Hollywood) myth machine... created there—by outsiders, Jewish immigrants themselves who were furriers and glove manufacturers projecting a lie of a made-up image of white Americanism... I think there are a lot of people who want to cling to that."[24] Author William J. Mann, who interviewed Bowers for a biography of Katharine Hepburn, said, "I found him forthright and honest and not interested in personal fame or gain." At that time he turned down Mann's offer to write about him or introduce him to a literary agent.[25] Author and journalist Tim Teeman, who also interviewed Bowers, wrote that "as candid as Bowers was, he was also respectful, and when it came to sex and sexuality utterly without shame and judgment."[25]

In 1950 Bowers stopped working at the service station and began working as a party bartender, while continuing his sexual services. He also claimed to have provided women, mostly prostitutes, to Alfred Kinsey as interview subjects for his study on human sexuality.[12] Bowers was never prosecuted by the authorities for his activities; he kept all his contact information in his head.[7] The actor Beach Dickerson willed three houses to Bowers.[13] In his autobiography, Bowers claimed that cinematographer Néstor Almendros bequeathed him his Oscar.[13] On July 8, 1984, he married cabaret singer Lois J. Broad, ten years his junior. She died in 2018.[14] Bowers died at his home in Los Angeles on October 13, 2019 at the age of 96.[15] The cause of death was kidney failure.[16]

Bowers authored the introduction to a collection of archival photographs of male affection in the military, My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare.[26][27] In March 2016 he wrote a profile of himself for the Guest of a Guest blog.[28] He also appears in Sir Cecil Beaton's published diary for the 1960s, Beaton terming him "a phenomenon",[29] and the biography In Bed With Gore Vidal.[30] Bowers also assisted a number of authors, including Vincente Minnelli biographer Mark Griffin[31] and William J. Mann, author of Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood.[32]

A character based on Bowers during the heyday of his gas station operation is portrayed by Dylan McDermott in the 2020 Ryan Murphy Netflix miniseries Hollywood.[33] A documentary about Bowers, titled Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, was released in 2017, directed by Matt Tyrnauer. In The Hollywood Reporter, its reviewer commented: "At a certain point, anyone who reads Bowers’ book or sees this film has to decide whether to believe him or not. At this stage, there is no reason not to; Scotty does not seem remotely like a braggart or someone desperate for a sliver of late-in-life fame... When Scotty says he likes to make people happy, he clearly includes himself, and that he seems to have done in spades."[34] In July 2020, it was announced Searchlight Pictures had acquired the rights to the documentary and was developing a feature film based on Bowers' life. Luca Guadagnino was hired to direct, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg writing the script.[35]

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