The new limited series from the guy who usually does television horror is based on a book.
The actual credited author didn’t do any of the writing. There were three other authors who contributed including the author known for one of the most famous gossip books of all time.
Much like his famous gossip book, the book used for the limited series also is littered with made up stories.
Ryan Murphy – Hollywood
Kenneth Anger – Hollywood Babylon
Hollywood Babylon is a book by avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger which purportedly details the sordid scandals of famous Hollywood denizens from the 1900s to the 1950s. First published in the U.S. in 1965, it was banned ten days later and was not republished until 1975.
Hollywood’s Gas Station Pimp Is Inspired By the Real ‘Gentleman Hustler’ Scotty Bowers
His decades as an L.A. sex worker for celebrities is one of the stories behind Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series.
Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood traces the rise of fictional World War II vet Jack Costello as he navigates an alternate-reality tinseltown populated with a mixture of real-life figures and fictional creations. But without Ernie, played by Dylan McDermott, Jack’s rise would never have been possible. In the series, Ernie hires Jack to work at his gas station, which serves as a front for his true business, operating as a pimp for the Hollywood elite. As a sex worker, Jack meets influential industry figures who help him land his first onscreen roles. Jack and Ernie are both fictional characters, but both their stories bear similarities to the unproven but scandalous biography of a real-life man: former Marine and Hollywood pimp Scotty Bowers.
In 2012, Bowers released a tell-all memoir about his years as what he called a “gentleman hustler,” arranging sex for some of the most famous figures of Hollywood’s golden age, and was later the subject of the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. And for a time, he really did run his operation out of a Los Angeles gas station. Here’s what you should know. – Source