Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. A native of Ottawa, Ill., Bowers was a Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II and moved to Los Angeles after the war ended. The AP reports he found work in 1946 at a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard, and he later contended his life changed when the actor Walter Pidgeon drove up in a "shiny" Lincoln two-door coupe and asked, "What are you doing for the rest of the day?"
"The gas station was the portal that eventually took me into an exclusive world where high-class sex was everything," Bowers wrote in Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, published in 2012. He wrote of orgies with Cole Porter, "sexual mischief" with Grant, giving Vivien Leigh "orgasm after orgasm," and affairs with J. Edgar Hoover and Spencer Tracy. He also alleged that he found partners for everyone from Hepburn and Grant to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Critics were skeptical, and Tracy biographer James Curtis dismissed Bowers as "full of glib stories and revelations, all cheerfully unverifiable." But he also had numerous defenders, including the writer Gore Vidal. (More on Bowers here.)