Karen Philipp first came to national prominence in 1968 when she was hired after graduating from Redlands University in 1967 as one of the two female vocalists in the second iteration of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, debuting on their Top Ten best-selling album, “Fool on the Hill.”
She remained with Brasil ’66 (and its successor group, Brasil ’77) until 1972.
Soon after joining the popular combo, she had moved in with one of the band-mates, having a love affair with him. He taught Karen how to speak fluent Portuguese, the language of his native country, Brazil. In 1971, their romance fizzled and Karen left the band in 1972 to pursue her acting career.
Her most prominent role was as Lt. Dish in the first season of M*A*S*H. Though her role was written out of the series after only two episodes, she was featured in the opening credits of M*A*S*H for several years afterward.
She also had a recurring role on Quincy, M.E. as Robin Rollin. She went on to marry movie producer Pat Proft in 1981, with whom she had a son. They currently reside in Minnesota.
Karen still keeps a MySpace page that highlights more of her recent goings-on.