Rachel Bilson

by ethnic on March 19, 2008

Birth Name: Rachel Sarah Bilson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 25, 1981

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Italian (mother)

Rachel Bilson is an American actress. She is the daughter of Danny Bilson, a writer and director, and Janice (Stango), a sex therapist. She is known for starring on the series The O.C. and in the movies The Last Kiss and Jumper. Rachel has a daughter with her former partner, Canadian-born actor and producer Hayden Christensen.

Rachel’s father is Jewish (from a family that emigrated from Lithuania, Russia, and Poland). Rachel’s mother, who was raised Catholic, is of Italian descent.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Bruce Bilson, a director (the son of George R. Bilson and Hattie Dratwa). Bruce was born in New York. George Bilson, a director, producer, and screenwriter, was born in England; George’s father, Harris “Harry” Bilson, was a Jewish immigrant to England (from either Kaunas, Lithuania or Russia), while George’s mother, Sarah Ettie/Etty/Lewis Rhudiminsky/Ruddaminsky, was born in England, to Russian Jewish parents, Lewis Ber Leyb Rhudiminsky/Ruddaminsky and Fannie/Annie Abraham Harris Vigdolsky. Harris and Sarah later moved to Brooklyn, New York. Rachel’s great-grandmother Hattie Bilson, a screenwriter, was born in New York, the daughter of Abraham Dratwa and Lena Skornik, Jewish immigrants from Russia/Poland, with Lena having been born in Kalish.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Mona Weichman (the daughter of Frederick Weichman and Zare Sherman). Mona was born in New York. Frederick was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents, Julius L. Weichman and Sylvia Schwartzman. Zare was born in New York, also to Jewish parents.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather was Alfredo/Alfred Thomas Stango (the son of Antonio/Anthony Stango and Antonetta Patrizio). Alfredo was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents. Antonio and Antonetta were from Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Province of Foggia, Apulia, Italy.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother was Ida Marie Justo (the daughter of Raffaele “Ralph” Justo/Guisto and Conchetta/Catherine/Katherine Maria D’uva). Ida was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Rachel Bilson (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Rachel’s paternal great-grandfather, Frederick Weichman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Rachel’s maternal grandfather, Alfred Thomas Stango – http://morrisbakerfuneralhomes.frontrunnerpro.com

Obituary of Rachel’s maternal grandmother, Ida Marie (Justo) Stango – http://nl.newsbank.com

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Greyface March 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

it says her mother is “sex therapist”???
like massage parlor?

bakchoyhurl February 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Whatever happened to her?

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:05 am

Does look her ethnicity.

Finally someone who does in here. Lol

She’s very pretty btw…

neiltennant December 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm

totally agree with you sister

andrew October 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Rachel’s maternal grandparents were from Foggia, Apulia.


andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Rachel’s maternal grandparents were Alfredo/Alfred Thomas Stango (the son of Antonio/Anthony Stango and Antonetta Patrizio), from Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Province of Foggia, Apulia, Italy.

WTF June 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

there was a rumor that she was part filipino. i would believe it. she has a hint of asian to her. she looks exotic

cwm85 October 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Not the slightest…

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if she was part Filipino, people mixed with Filipino hardly look Asian. That’s because out of all the Asians, Filipinos look the least Asian….. They look more like Hispanic people (Mexicans and other Latin Americans).

Now you can usually tell when someone is mixed with East Asian.

romanticcelt February 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm

I don’t know what asians you’ve seen. Israelis?

Shawn January 10, 2014 at 9:40 am

I don’t even know who this girl is tbh.

AnonymousPerson January 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

She used to be on the tv show “The OC”. She’s also been in movies, like “Jumper”.

Shawn January 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

She’s cute.

AnonymousPerson December 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

She looks a bit Hispanic.

Trincee November 17, 2013 at 2:34 am

She’s beautiful! She does have an exotic look to her-

notional October 23, 2013 at 3:14 am

All her paternal grandparents have English surnames, is she part English or did they change their surnames?

follers October 23, 2013 at 3:48 am

“Bilson” (usually “Belson”) can be a Jewish surname. Rachel’s great-great-grandfather, Harris Bilson, was born in Russia or Lithuania (“Harris” was a common first name among Eastern European Jews at the time. It seems to be an adoptation of names like “Hirsch”).

Sarah Lewis was actually born Sarah Lewis Rhudiminsky, to Lewis Ber Leyb Ruddaminsky and Fannie/Annie Abraham Harris Vigdolsky.

Petrarca May 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Since when are Italians not white? I bet they are more white than you!

AliceA October 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

It’s the mixed Genes. They must of had some recessive Genes in there DNA, and northern Italians are quite white.

andrew October 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

not the southern ones?

ashash October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm


There is a picture of Rachel and her mother. Her mother is the more “exotic” of her parents.

andrew October 23, 2013 at 5:42 am
ashash October 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm
JasonBaker January 19, 2014 at 2:05 am

She clearly looks more like her mother.

Jim December 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Ughh, southern Italians aren’t ‘mixed’…. Don’t know where you got that from. Southern Italians are more tan because they live in a much warmer climate and have for generations. Italians are very racially homogenous. Not ‘mixed’ at all. Put your ridiculous and ignorant stereotypes away and dont feel the need to spread false information.

JasonBaker January 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

I agree with you! Southern Italians, just like the rest of Italians and Europeans, are white.

DarellDianne April 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

she does look a bit of a Filipino. she is really pretty..

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yes. She is.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Angel Syrene January 13, 2012 at 1:46 am

Idiot !

Acadiana January 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Angel Syrene January 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

She’s made very Jewish and I little Italian also its cute

Diana September 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

Her father, Danny Bilson, is an Eastern European Jew. Her mother, Janice Stango, is Italian American. You can see pictures of them.

Manny St.Micheal March 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Such debate Man.

Emily Lestrange June 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Anyone who thinks this girl looks Filipino at all is nuts!

Angel Syrene January 2, 2012 at 1:38 am

Rachel is NEVER filipino she’s an Ashkenazi Jewish and Italian girl.

rita June 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

She is beautiful!

Veronica October 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

i thought she had some latin in her!!!;-P

rafael June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

she does italians are latin

Bno September 20, 2011 at 2:32 am

Italy is in Europe you fucking idiot.

nora September 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

he surely knows that italy is in europe. i guess you wanted to say that italians are the descendant of the Roman people, who are also known as the LATIN people.
and italian is closer to that language like any other

Julius St.Micheal March 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I think your the fucking Idiot BNO (B..i.n..g.o and bingo was his name oh!) do eveyone a favor and jump off a bridge! The way things are going all this fucking site is good for is Controversy and Lies nothing positive it wont last long!

aps October 3, 2010 at 7:52 am

Her paternal great-grandparents were of Russian Jewish descent. http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Rachel_Bilson_(1981)#cite_ref-7

Alf October 6, 2010 at 11:35 am


nnnnn April 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I think, russian people would tear you up

Coming Out October 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

great lips.. i kinda see where u could think filipino

Vanessa June 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Filipinos don’t all have “great” lips. A lot have very big lips. I should know, I’m friends with some.

Her having full lips isn’t an indication of anything anyway.

N7X August 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

I thought she’s Philipino??

Rachel July 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

She is soo pretty! And talented. And has great fashion sense. I felt bad when I heard she and Hayden called off the engagement.

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

she is so pretty

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