A 2008 documentary produced by the Jewish Vegetarians of North America, “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal The World” was a plea for awareness about natural resources. Featuring interviews with rabbis, scientists and environmental activists, the movie was directed by Emmy Award-winning, South African Jewish-born Lionel Friedberg.
In February, Friedberg hit the bestseller lists with a co-authored volume about Hollywood’s own natural resources, its filmstars. Grove Press published “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars” co-written by Friedberg and Scotty Bowers, an 88-year-old amateur pimp and professional male prostitute who claims to have dealt with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, among other clients.
Among Bowers’ more outlandish claims are that he provided willing young lasses for the delectation of Hepburn while he actually claims to have bedded Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon and the Duke of Windsor — not to mention Wallis Warfield Simpson. While this might be Bowers’ last chance for celebrity, readers may be puzzled by Friedberg’s trajectory from producer of such History Channel TV series as “Mysteries of the Bible”, with episodes including “Abraham: One Man, One God” to Bowers, a dimly inarticulate, but apparently obliging, elder.