We’re Obsessed With the Real Story Behind the Gas Station in ‘Hollywood’

Jason Pham

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Netflix’s Hollywood season 1. In the first episode of Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, viewers learn that the gas station that Jack Castello works at isn’t a gas station at all. It’s a front for male prostitutes. So…was the gas station real in Netflix’s Hollywood? While parts of the show are fictionalized, the gas station is based on a real Hollywood gas station run by a man named Scotty Bowers in the 1940s.

According to Vanity Fair, Bowers, whose full name was George Albert Bowers, was a young ex-United States Marine who worked an attendant at the Richfield Oil service station at 5777 Hollywood Boulevard, at the corner of Van Ness Avenue, in Los...

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