Matt Scotty, Hollywood and Scotty Bowers discussed on Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
Modern day Lord, Byron stylish author with politics as his main theme writer against the grain, and as he would have put it a homosexual list. So he styled that word and didn't have many different phases of of how he would describe his sexuality. This consistent actually is at my, he. He said at one point in print, the word gay has never passed my lips and that was generational, but also very him. You know, to someone who was born in the twenties, gay meant something else. It was. It was a slang adopted by by gay people as a kind of a code or it's hell. Of course, the word men happy and it was in very heavy use, meaning happy in this is relevant to the movie. We're talking about today Scotty and the secret history of Hollywood because the first known use of the word gay as a double entendre probably is bringing baby with Cary Grant where he says, famously wearing Katherine Hepburn's housecoat. I've just went Gail the sudden that clip is in the film because Cary Grant is very much in the film because he's one of the people who. Had to leave lead double lives back in the the golden age of Hollywood. I mean, we're getting ahead of ourselves here. We can go back to Vitale and I can bring you through the door to the dad, Matt Scotty, Bowers, yeah, police do will. Scotty was someone I'd heard about in the line of duty for Vanity Fair. I had a string of pieces over the years about senior members of the Hollywood community. I sometimes called it the Norma Desmond beat because they were people generally who'd had huge careers. We're looking back on them and I was kind of like the the, the, the medium for them to reflect on their careers. One of those people's Merv Griffin who was really fascinating guy who lived a double life. He never really came out actually by a big profile of him, which I found just I found him just fascinating. He was sort of like the runner up to Johnny Carson. He was so open about that, but had a huge career was very, very wealthy through real estate producers. As well as behind as well as front man. He created jeopardy and owned and wheel of fortune and owned, and he wrote the theme to wheel of fortune which every time it's played, you know, shackles dropped into his Bank account. He was a really resourceful fascinating kind of not obvious powerhouse in Hollywood and the not obvious part I think is key to this whole discussion. We're having today because they're all these stories behind the stories in in Hollywood and obviously everywhere. But particularly in Hollywood. I think that a really fascinating on earth. So in the course of interviewing Merck Griffin, he told me about old ally. And he said there was a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard where you would go to get in trouble, which I love that euphemize among, you know, that was really the would have been the euphemism of the time. I've also I thought to myself. That's interesting noted. And then a few years later, I did a piece on a really fascinating architect who was part of the gay community. George q or sat the very elevated gay crowd back in the starting in the thirties and forties in LA. And he said there was a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard, and, oh boy, the cars were lined up around the block, and I said, okay, I have to figure out what this was one day. I'm with Gorby to in his living room in the Hollywood hills, and he apropos of nothing announces. I want to find Scottie whose Scotty he said Scotty was my pimp. Now, if you knew doll, that wasn't really such a shocking thing to have him proclaim apropos of nothing. That's kind of the type of thing. He would say Sisa tell me more and he said we had a gas station. I was like, okay, wait a minute. This guy is around, you know him and he's alive. And he said he is. He lives in laurel canyon, but I've lost his contact. So long story short, a book had come out recently called Kate, which was about the bisexuality of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. It was in part about that in quoted in that book was Scotty Bowers who was quoted by name for the first time he'd been quoted by pseudonym in many books actually written about by many great literary figures, including Bill in..