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This guy writes about procuring men and women for people like Cukor, Hepburn, Clift and many others. And servicing a lot of them himself.

 

I didn't think it was a great read, but still interesting. One part especially, where it talks about how very difficult it was to get porn back in the 1940's.

 

I think this guy was mentioned in Arthur Laurents' autobiography.

 

The review below is little snarky:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/entertainment/la-et-0214-book-20120214

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/17/a-sex-escort-to-the-stars-confessions-scotty-bowers-memoir-full-service.html

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This guy writes about procuring men and women for people like Cukor, Hepburn, Clift and many others. And servicing a lot of them himself.

 

I didn't think it was a great read, but still interesting. One part especially, where it talks about how very difficult it was to get porn back in the 1940's.

 

I think this guy was mentioned in Arthur Laurents' autobiography.

 

The review below is little snarky:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/entertainment/la-et-0214-book-20120214

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/17/a-sex-escort-to-the-stars-confessions-scotty-bowers-memoir-full-service.html

 

It is so badly written that I couldn't get through it in spite of my intense curiosity about the events he describes. It's just an awful book!

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I didn't read it. I listened to it, and that helped a lot. Some of it really surprised me like the stuff about Spencer Tracy.

 

Oh yeah! An invaluable addition to Books-On-Tape! This is wonderful news. Now I can "read" it and my hands will be free to do other things should the reading be so inspiring. :rolleyes:

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Bowers first came to public attention when he was the main source of William J. Mann's biography, "Kate" in 2007. That was the first time that anyone wrote about the Hepburn-Tracy relationship as non-sexual. I believed Mann because he had already written a number of gay non-fiction books that were not questioned. Two examples are the following: "Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines" and "Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969."

 

I understand why people do not believe Bowers, I would not have either but for my close reading of Mann's previous books.

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