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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 09:35 PM

Gore Vidal, Iconic American Author, Had Way More Sex Than You

In December 2011, about seven months before he died, Gore Vidal turned to his good friend Scotty Bowers as the two relaxed in Vidal’s home in the Hollywood Hills. “You suppose we could find Bob and bring him over?” the frail, nostalgic Vidal asked. “Bob” was Bob Atkinson, a favorite male prostitute of Vidal’s whom Bowers had first set him up with around 60 years prior. They had long lost touch. “Gore liked Bob because he had been in the Navy and he had a cock as big as a baby’s arm,” says Bowers, who recorded his life as a trick, then pimp, to Hollywood’s rich and famous in the book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars.

“Scotty was the closest person to Gore in the last four years of his life who wasn’t a servant,” says Matt Tyrnauer, Vidal’s close friend and former editor at Vanity Fair.

Vidal, one of America’s most preeminent authors and lionized cultural-political figures, himself supplied a laudatory testimonial for Bowers’ book: “I have known Scotty Bowers for the better part of a century. I’m so pleased that he has finally decided to tell his story to the world … Scotty doesn’t lie — the stars sometimes do — and he knows everybody.” Presumably, then, Vidal would have sanctioned as fact Bowers’ revelations to me that Vidal not only had sex with him, but also with “many” hustlers Bowers arranged for him, as well as Hollywood stars Rock Hudson, Tyrone Power, and Charles Laughton.

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dlwickham Nov 2013 OP
Fearless Nov 2013 #1
xchrom Nov 2013 #2
Rowdyboy Nov 2013 #3
joeybee12 Nov 2013 #4
dlwickham Nov 2013 #5
joeybee12 Nov 2013 #6
hunter Nov 2013 #7

Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:49 AM

1. An interesting introspective.

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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 06:20 PM

2. i loved the article -- and i adore gore vidal. nt

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:11 PM

3. Totally engrossing article. I look forward very much to reading the book...

I've always been fascinated by Vidal-love several of his works. This just makes him that much more interesting.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 06:46 PM

4. Sex with hustlers and Hollywood stars...sounds like my life!

 

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 11:54 PM

5. do tell

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 13, 2013, 11:40 AM

6. Buy the book!

 

Soon to be a major motion picture!

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2013, 10:07 PM

7. I have a child's perspective on this.

My parent's home and my grandparents' homes were LGBT friendly, as is my own home.

I am, in some ways, a Hollywood kid. My parents met while working in the movie and television industry.

The difference between now and then is that when I was a kid LGBT was something one did not talk about to outsiders.

Most family and family friends today are open about their gender identity and sexual preferences and it's something almost unremarkable to my kids and their own peers. The shelter is still there for anyone who needs it, but mostly the secrecy is unnecessary. My kids have openly LGBT relatives and family friends who they've always known. When I was a kid all that was all hidden from the outside world. If two women were watching a movie and smooching on the sofa one didn't tell.

I met Gore Vidal in college and wrote about it, but my writing then wasn't anything I'd want to draw attention to...

The nice thing about writing today is I don't care what people think. But I still protect the lost child within me.

Here's a picture of Ramon Novarro my grandmother's sister took:



His story does not have a happy ending.

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