Birth Name: Rachel Sarah Bilson
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 25, 1981
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
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 is in a relationship with actor Hayden Christensen, with whom she has a child.
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 Bilson and Hattie Dratwa). 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 Lithuania or Russia), while George’s mother, Sarah Ettie/Lewis Rhudiminsky, was born in England, to Russian Jewish parents, Lewis Ber Leyb 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, to Abarham Dratwa and Lena, Russian Jewish immigrants.
Rachel’s paternal grandmother was Mona Weichman (the daughter of Frederick Weichman and Zare Sherman). 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 grandparents were Alfredo/Alfred Thomas Stango (the son of Antonio/Anthony Stango and Antonetta Patrizio) and Ida Marie Justo (the daughter of Raffaele “Ralph” Justo/Guisto and Conchetta/Catherine/Katherine Maria D’uva). Rachel’s maternal grandparents were both born in Pennsylvania, and all of Rachel’s maternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants. Antonio and Antonetta were from Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Province of Foggia, Apulia, Italy.
Sources: 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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