Gay ones during the late s and beyond apparently had Scotty Bowers. Bowers, 88, recalls his highly unorthodox life in a ribald memoir scheduled to be published by Grove Press on Feb. Bowers said recently over lemonade on his patio in the Hollywood Hills, where he lives in a cluttered bungalow with his wife of 27 years, Lois. So they liked sex how they liked it. Who cares?
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Vivien Leigh was chasing a married man in Gone with the Wind. Although she never landed in bed with Ashley Wilkes in the movie, off-screen she carried on many torrid love affairs. One of the reasons the Gone With The Wind movie enjoyed such overwhelming success is due to the fact that all of the main characters were perfect for their roles. Producer David O. Selznick considered hundreds of women for the part of Scarlett O'Hara before settling on a relatively unknown British actress named Vivien Leigh. Teamed with handsome leading men Clark Gable and Leslie Howard, and actress Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh and her co-stars achieved a certain degree of celebrity status and fan worship only a few entertainers can even imagine.
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Tyrnauer, a longtime writer for Vanity Fair who has directed multiple movies, said he asked Vidal to elaborate. The trailer came to serve as an escape for gay and bisexual members of Hollywood during an especially homophobic period in their industry. Throughout his career, the eccentric Bowers, now 95, provided services to the likes of Cary Grant, Cole Porter and Katharine Hepburn, he says, accruing a covert reputation in Hollywood and out as an unprejudiced, sex-positive procurer. He developed friendships with cultural giants like sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and Vidal, who eventually introduced Bowers to Tyrnauer. Last week I spoke with Tyrnauer about making the film, getting to know Bowers and the titillating side of Hollywood that has remained closeted for so long.
It is no big deal these days for a celebrity to come out as gay. In fact, some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are very openly gay and their careers have only gone from strength to strength as a result. Homosexuality became legal in many States in the s, although the law banning same-sex relationships was still in place in many southern states until Now that same-sex marriages are legal throughout the US, there is no need for celebrities to hide the fact that they are gay. Italian actor Rudolph Valentino was a huge star in the silent film era and remains something of a Hollywood heartthrob even today.