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Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981) is an American actress. After making her screen debut in several 2003 television programs, Bilson became well-known for her role of Summer Roberts on the prime time drama series, The O.C.

Biography

Early life
Bilson was born in Los Angeles, California to an Ashkenazi Jewish American father (writer/director/producer Danny Bilson) and an Italian American mother. Her father comes from a showbusiness family, as her great-grandfather, George Bilson, was the head of the trailer department at RKO Pictures, while her great-grandmother, Hattie, was a screenwriter and her grandfather, Bruce Bilson, is a film director. Bilson's parents divorced during her childhood, and in 1997, her father remarried to Heather Medway, an actress and the mother of Bilson's half sister Hattie (born December 19, 2001).

Bilson grew up with her father's family. When she was fourteen, she and a group of friends experienced a car accident, involving a head-on collision with another car. As a result, Bilson has a scar above her right eye, and sometimes suffers from Migraines and memory loss; she has stated that the experience encouraged her to "stop... getting into trouble". Bilson graduated from Walter Reed Middle School in 1996 and from Notre Dame High School in 1999. During her time at Notre Dame, she appeared in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon a Mattress, and The Crucible.

Rachel Bilson

Career
At the age of seventeen, Bilson took her father's advice to pursue a professional acting career, and made several appearances in commercials, including advertisements for Raisin bran and Pepto-Bismol. She made her screen acting debut in early 2003, appearing in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and in the short film, Unbroken. Bilson was subsequently cast in The O.C., which debuted in August of 2003. Her character, Summer Roberts, was initially intended to appear in only a few episodes, but became a series regular after a successful run, as Bilson's on-screen romance with Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) became a noted aspect of the series.

As a result of the success of The O.C., Bilson has become well-known among teenage audiences. In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual "Hot 100 List"; in 2006, the publication awarded her #14. The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 91st in the 2005 100 Sexiest Women in the World list and 28th in 2006. The US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005. At the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, Bilson collected three awards - "Choice Hottie Female", "Choice TV Actress (Drama)" and "Best Onscreen TV Chemistry" (jointly won with Adam Brody). Bilson was also named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2006 People magazine.

Her film debut will be in The Last Kiss, a romantic comedy starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett. The film is currently scheduled for a release in October of 2006.

Rachel Bilson

Personal life
Bilson recently purchased Rose McGowan's home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.2 million. She has been dating her The O.C. co-star, Adam Brody, for several years; In 2005, Brody gave Bilson a pit bull dog, Penny Lane, as a birthday gift. In 2004, several sources reported that the two are engaged, which her publicist later denied.

Bilson is recognized by some to have a noted fashion sense, and has sported outfits by designers Thakoon and Marc Jacobs. She enjoys watching television game shows, especially Jeopardy!

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