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Michele Andrea Mortensen

February 20, 1951 — October 7, 2023

Charleston, SC

Michele Andrea Mortensen

Michele Andrea Mortensen, of Charleston, SC, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

Born on February 20, 1951, in Reading, MA, she was a daughter of the late Audrey Powers Beaudry and the late Benjamin Beaudry.

A musician, screenwriter, actress, standup comedienne, producer, arts administrator, wife, mother and proud grandmother, Michele was truly a multi-hyphenate in the performing arts. She played music with Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen's band, and symphony orchestras in NJ, NH, and MA. As a standup comedian, she performed throughout the country, including New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Tampa, Providence, and even Akron, OH. She also wrote, produced, and starred in a short film that was shown at the Boston International Film Festival. Michele was also executive director of the Boston Civic Symphony. See

Michele is survived by her husband, Mark H. Mortenson; daughter, Katherine McAnnar and son, James Mortensen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charleston Animal Society (

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.

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