Full Service

Scotty Bower’s saucy new memoir is feted at the Chateau Marmont

When Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives on the Stars by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg hit my desk I opened it tout de suite. The captions on the pics of notables like Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Wallis Simpson alone are worth the price of the book. When the invitation to the book party at Chateau Marmont hosted by Andre Balazs and David Kuhn came my way too, well, of course I went. Parties at the famed Chateau Marmont are just a good time in general—if you get invited, go. And if the party is for a tell-all about the Golden Era of Hollywood, definitely go. When I arrived the lobby was filled with a combo of dark-suited bookish folk and bohemian artists of a certain age. Gore Vidal was being wheeled down the center by two fellas in scrubs (he’s in a wheelchair). He later said of the Sunset Strip hotel, “I used to live on the 5th floor. A lot of history has gone on here.” Gore’s name appeared in the invitation as did Griffin Dunne (nattily dressed – he’s got a fun new part on Showtime’s House of Lies) and Dana Delany (she had on a festive orange dress). Everyone I chatted with could not believe that someone finally got Bowers to dish about the celebs he used to set-up with his good looking friends. It was mentioned that he once turned down Tennessee William’s offer to write about his life. Vidal went on to say about his friend, “I depended on Scotty’s wise counsel a great deal. There’s been no book like this in the land of the free.” Bowers did not get up to speak, but signed books and accepted well wishes all night. Also on hand were Buck Henry, Ann Magnuson, Mitch Glazer, and the ever party-hardy Anne Jeffreys. I sat down on one of the Chateau’s well-worn couches and then noticed a very polite black Chihuahua sitting daintily on the cushion. He looked at me, I looked at him, and when I got up to leave, he simply continued sitting there quietly watching the revelry.  

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