Bianca Lawson

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Lawson in 2013, photo by

Birth Name: Bianca Jasmine Lawson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 20, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American, Creole [French, African], one quarter Italian/Sicilian, smaller amounts of English, Blackfoot Native American, and Portuguese

Bianca Lawson is an American actress.

She is the daughter of actors Richard Lawson (born Rickey Lee Lawson) and Denise Gordy. She is the half-sister of Marvin Gaye III, who is the son of singer Marvin Gaye; and the half-sister of songwriter and A&R Ricky Lawson.

Her parents both have black ancestry. Her maternal grandmother was of Italian origin. Bianca has said that her ancestry is “Black, Italian, Blackfoot, Portuguese, Creole.” A picture of Bianca with her parents can be seen here.

Bianca is a step-sister of singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles. Her father was married to their mother, Tina Knowles.

Bianca is a cousin of musicians Rockwell; Redfoo and Sky Blu, who are the pop duo LMFAO; and Mahogany Lox. She is a first cousin, once removed, of Rockwell and Redfoo, and a second cousin of Sky Blu and Mahogany Lox. Bianca’s great-grandparents Berry Gordy and Bertha Fuller were also Redfoo’s grandparents, and Sky Blu’s and Mahogany’s great-grandparents. Bianca is also a first cousin, once removed, of musician and actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick, through their shared Gordy ancestors.

Bianca’s paternal grandfather was L. B. Lawson (the son of Robert Lawson and Lottie Wheeler). L. B. was born in Louisiana.

Bianca’s paternal grandmother was Gertie Broussard (the daughter of Joseph Broussard and Effie Wilturner). Gertie was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Effie was the daughter of Alcide Wilturner and Julia Johnson.

Bianca’s maternal grandfather was George Weldon Gordy (the son of Berry Gordy, Jr. and Bertha Fuller). George was born in Michigan. George was a writer and businessperson. Berry was the son of Berry Gordy and Lucy Hellum. Bianca’s great-uncle, the brother of her maternal grandfather, is businessperson Berry Gordy. Berry is African-American, and also has a small amount of English ancestry.

Bianca’s maternal grandmother was named Rosemary Valenti. Rosemary had Italian/Sicilian ancestry.

Bianca is also a half-second cousin, twice removed, of U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Bianca is the great-great-great-granddaughter of President Carter’s (white) great-grandfather, James Thomas Gordy, from his relationship with a black woman, Esther Johnson (President Carter is descended from James’s white wife, Harriet Emily Helms).

Sources: Genealogy of Bianca Lawson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Bianca’s mother –

Genealogy of Bianca’s maternal grandfather, George Weldon Gordy (through George’s brother, Berry Gordy) (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Bianca’s father Richard Lawson in 2010, photo by


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26 Responses

  1. madman says:

    She is the daughter of Denise Gordy and Richard Lawson, both actors.

  2. WTF says:

    Beautiful mixed woman.

  3. Your Mom says:

    I Knew She Was Mixed.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    Had it for her every since I first saw her on buffy

  5. Gurrl says:

    wow she doesn’t age at all. She looks like she’s barely in her early twenties.

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