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Alison Bechdel Biography

Alison Bechdel is a popular American cartoonist. Initially known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, she came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home. The memoir was later adapted as a musical that received a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. Alison published her second graphic memoir Are You My Mother? in 2012. She was also a 2014 winner of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. Alison is recognized for deriving the Bechdel test.

Quick Facts

Father  Bruce Allen Bechdel
Wife Holly Rae Taylor
Test Bechdel Test
Age 64 years old (born September 10, 1960)

Alison Bechdel Age

Alison is 64 years old. She was born on September 10, 1960, in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Alison celebrates her birthday on September 10, every year.

Early Life And Education

Alison was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to Helen Augusta (née Fontana) and Bruce Allen Bechdel. She is from a family that was Roman Catholic. Her dad worked as an army veteran who was based in West Germany. Bruce was also a high school English teacher, serving full-time and operating a funeral home part-time. Her mom was an actress and teacher.

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Alison’s photo

Alison’s parents both played a part in her profession as a cartoonist. She has two brothers, Bruce “Christian” Bechdel II and John Bechdel. John is a keyboard player who has served with many bands such as Fear Factory, Ministry, Prong, and Killing Joke. Following her father’s death in 1980, Alison’s mom marketed the family home, in Beech Creek, Penn. She relocated to Bellefonte, a small town around State College alongside her long-time partner Robert Fenichel.

Alison completed high school and in 1979 earned her A.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She graduated in 1981 from Oberlin College earning a degree in studio arts and art history.

Alison Bechdel Wife

Alison is married to her wife Holly Rae Taylor. Her partner is a painter. The two lived together for seven and a half years before their marriage in July 2015. Previously, Alison was married to Amy Rubin in a civil ceremony in San Francisco in February 2004. The two split in 2006.

Fun Home

In 2006, Alison released Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical “tragicomic” featuring her childhood and the years before and after her dad’s suicide. Fun Home follows the past and current phases of Alison’s relationship with her parents, principally her dad, and depicts the hardships individuals face when coming out. The book has gained more widespread mainstream attention than Fun Home’s earlier work, with reviews in Entertainment Weekly, People, and many features in The New York Times.


– Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006).

– Are You My Mother? (2012).

– The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (2008).

– Dykes to Watch Out For (1986).

– Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out For (1997).


In 2021, Alison published a book titled The Secret to Superhuman Strength. In this book, Alison featured the transcendentalist movement of the Beatnik era via the relationships of poets and authors of those days.


In May 2012, Alison released her second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Are You My Mother? focuses on her association with her mom.


– Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.

– Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

– The Secret to Superhuman Strength.


Alison is also known for originating the Bechdel test, a test to measure the representation of women in film and other fiction. Bechdel test asks whether a work features at least two female characters who talk about something other than a man.


Alison was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Bruce and Helen Bechdel. Below ten miles away, Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, was her home for most of her childhood. Alison also spent much of her time with her brothers, one older and one younger helping her father, an antiques collector, by gathering antiques to get back their 4,000-square-foot, Gothic Revival mansion to its original 1880s form.

Alison’s father was a funeral home director, and he used another nearby house in town as the funeral home, which she and her brothers aptly, yet ironically, named “Fun Home.” Her mom was an actress and taught English literature at their local high school, just as her father did.


As per her website, Alison started writing and drawing Dykes to Watch Out For in 1983.


Alison is a cartoonist known for the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For (1983–2008)—which introduced the so-called Bechdel Test which evaluates films based on gender inequality—and the graphic memoir Fun Home (2006).

Are You My Mother

Alison’s 2012 memoir Are You My Mother is a companion piece to her initial work Fun Home, which deals with her relationship with her dad. Are You My Mother? interweaves psychoanalysis and exploration of different literary works, particularly Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. It has 7 chapters, each introduced by a discussion of a dream that Alison had.

Dykes to Watch Out For

Alison’s weekly comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran from 1983 until 2008. Dykes to Watch Out For was one of the earliest ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture. Dykes to Watch Out For was “half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel”.


Alison is a woman of above-average stature who stands at a height of 5 ft 11 in (approx. 1.80 m).

Net Worth

Alison has been a cartoonist and author for over two decades, thus she has earned a decent fortune over the years. Alison’s net worth is $2 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Old Is Alison Bechdel?

Alison is a 64-year-old who was born on September 10, 1960, in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

Is Alison Bechdel Married?

Since 2015, Alison has been married to her wife Holly Rae Taylor.

Where Does Alison Bechdel Live?

Alison resides in Bolton, Vermont, in a home she purchased in 1996.

Social Media Account

Instagram – alisonbechdel