Demobbed after the thrilling exploits of war, former US marine Scotty Bowers found himself in a dreary job at a petrol station.
But a chance meeting with actor Walter Pidgeon, who propositioned the handsome hunk at the pumps, launched the 23-year-old into a sordid world of lust and debauchery involving Hollywood’s biggest names and most glamorous figures.
In an astonishing twist of fate, he became the Mr Fixit for screen icons who sought out the more lurid trappings of Tinseltown during its glory days.
Wild affairs, gay romps and rampant prostitution were the order of the day and Bowers was the man they turned to for their salacious entertainment, he claims in a book.
He set up hundreds of sexual encounters for legends including Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Vivien Leigh while himself jumping into bed with leading men and women.
Rita Hayworth (Pic: AP)
Scotty Bowers set Rita Hayworth up with dates
Now, Bowers has lifted the lid on his days as a go-between for a host of actors in the 40s and 50s.
The 88-year-old tells of a prostitute ring which catered for gay and bisexual stars such as Cary Grant, George Cukor and Rock Hudson.
Bowers claimed he bedded Hepburn’s partner Spencer Tracy and counted French singer Edith Piaf, Gone With The Wind beauty Leigh and Grant as lovers.
And he even claims he had a threesome with the Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis Simpson.
Bowers claims he set up Hepburn – long believed to have been bisexual – with “more than 150 different women”. He insists he kept quiet until now out of respect for the privacy of the stars he bedded or fixed up romps for. He says: “I didn’t want to hurt any of these people. “I don’t need the money. And I never saw the fascination. So they liked sex how they liked it. Who cares?
“I finally said yes because all of my famous tricks are dead by now. The truth can’t hurt them any more.” Bowers tells in his book Full Service: My Adventures In Hollywood And The Secret Sex Lives Of The Stars how he accidentally fell into his role as a steamy Mr Fixit.
He was at a petrol station on Hollywood Boulevard, near Paramount Pictures, in 1946 after leaving the marines when Pidgeon pulled up and propositioned him with a 20 dollar bill. He accepted and before long was “arranging similar stuff” for the star’s more adventurous friends.
Apart from romping with them himself – his striking good looks attracted Hollywood’s biggest icons – he would also set them up with his marine pals.
Bowers ran the flourishing business from a back room at the garage because it was “safer” than in gay bars. He added: “Sometimes police would come around. But I never got caught partly because I kept everything in my head. There was no little black book.”
Grant was perhaps Bowers’ most famous client. The Bristol-born actor was married five times but rumours he was bisexual circulated for years – he lived with fellow actor Randolph Scott off and on for 12 years.
Fashion journalist Richard Blackwell said Grant and Scott were “deeply, madly in love”, and alleged accounts of their physical affection have been published. Alexander D’Arcy, who starred with Grant in The Awful Truth, said the actor and Scott “lived together as a gay couple”.
Bowers quit his job in 1950 and claims he supported himself for the next 20 years through prostitution, bar work and as a handyman. In addition to his gay clients, he says he gained a following of straight actors such Desi Arnaz. Best known as Ricky Ricardo on the hit American TV series I Love Lucy, he used Bowers for matchmaking.
But the fixer claims in his book, out on February 14, he never accepted payment for setting up encounters. He insists: “I wasn’t a pimp.”
Bowers, who says he prefers the sexual company of women, continued his lurid life until the Aids epidemic in the 80s. He wrote: “The disease brought an end to the sexual freedoms that had defined life in Tinseltown. My days of arranging tricks for others were over. It was too unsafe.”
Rumours of a prostitution ring run by a mystery man called “Scotty” have floated around Hollywood for years. Since revealing himself as that man, Bowers says he has been inundated with book and film offers.
He says Tennessee Williams had even approached him in the 60s and written an “exposé”. But Bowers hated it, and Williams scrapped it.
He said: “He made me sound like a mad queen flying over Hollywood Boulevard on a broomstick, directing all the queens in town. It was way over the top.”
Bowers now lives in Hollywood Hills with his wife of 27 years, Lois.
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Now we know why Scotty in Star Trek was an engineer and the NLP-associations with the this man to ‘cheapen’ the Scottish people who watch StarTrek, albeit on a subtle level, some effect definitely occurs due to the intent. Hollywood (at least the group that did the earlier Star Trek series) colludes with the Anglo establishment. Subtle and unpleasant. Former US Marine turned retire bartender Bowers though is a fine example of how normal sex workers and sex work can and should be and that it was very important then as it is now, needs to be legalized. Great classic look that isn’t common these days what with all the Brosnan-esque metrosexuals. Where are those shiny suited pimps of the era in between?