Sex, drugs, tea: how Hollywood’s top escort pimped stars’ rides

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Sex, drugs, tea: how Hollywood’s top escort pimped stars’ rides

Scotty Bowers’s wild sex life has inspired the lavish Netflix drama, ‘Hollywood’

Alice Vincent

The Golden Age of Hollywood injected some much-needed glamour into Depression-era America, but the industry insisted on keeping that polish gleaming bright. Sex was merely hinted at and homosexuality was a no-go. The Big Five studios held fastidious control over the stars they created, arranging abortions and loveless marriages to keep scandal at bay.

But the great and the good of Tinseltown had just the same needs as any other human, not to mention the money to satisfy them. Enter Scotty Bowers, the celebrity fixer known as “Mr Sex” in Los Angeles for arranging “tricks” with titans of Hollywood and beyond.  

Bowers, who died in 2019, aged 96, has now been immortalised in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series, Hollywood, a delirious account of Tinseltown’s early years. It features Dylan McDermott as Ernie, a former actor running a male escort business from his gas station. Though the character is based on Bowers, Murphy’s revisionist history takes many liberties with the truth. But so did Bowers...

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