Lois & Scotty from the film Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Image via Greenwich)
RIP Lois Bowers, 85. She was the put-upon, drily funny wife of Scotty Bowers, 95, the notorious pimp/hustler to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. She died this week, with no cause given. Details here.
You can check out my review of the doc Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywoodhere, and ogle Scotty in his prime here. She was an unforgettable part of the documentary, which was one of the best docs I've seen in forever.
Bowers & Tyrnauer (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)
Matt Tyrnauer, director of the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, brought his baby to NYC's IFC for an East Coast opening — and in a last-minute surprise, his twinkling-eyed subject Scotty Bowers tagged along with him!
Bowers, in NYC for the first time in decades, was very witty in the talkback after the 7:35 p.m. showing Saturday evening (and in an intro for the next screening that I also captured), amazing considering the 95-year-old underwent dialysis the day before his cross-country flight and had attended a party and given several similar talkbacks at IFC upon landing. Even more incredibly, he went from IFC over to the historic Stonewall Inn, receiving admirers (and scarfing down pizza) until 12:45 a.m.
I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that Bowers has stamina, considering he claims to have had half a dozen sexual trysts a day during his prime, many of them with Golden Era household names. (It ain't often that you hear someone stating flatly, “I fucked Bette Davis.”)
One thing that fed skepticism in the tawdry stories from his book — but that also makes sense if you take him at his word regarding his countless couplings with A-list stars, randy studio employees, married businessmen and other assorted horndogs — was the absence of images showing Scotty with any stars, or at least in action.
The original fake news! (Image via movie still)
As handsome as he appeared in old photos, especially during his WWII days, the now-95-year-old Bowers was sort of a blank slate. You knew what he was telling you he was capable of, and what he had done, you knew he was supposedly well-endowed enough to stir drinks with it, but you couldn't quite picture it.
Imagining Scotty getting off with the likes of Spencer Tracy or gaily enjoying a threesome with Cary Grant and Randolph Scott got a little easier with the release of the doc, which — incredibly! — coughs up footage of Scotty at a Hollywood (no stars) orgy in the '50s or early '60s.
Scotty Addresses Why He Didn't Do Much Porn:
Now, you'll have an even easier time seeing Scotty as an in-demand sex machine ...