Hannah Nydahl was a student of H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the great Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, and many other teachers. Together with her husband Lama Ole, she helped to bring the authentic teachings of the Karma Kagyu to the West.
She was the travelling companion, translator, and friend to many high lamas including Shamar Rinpoche, Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, and others Hannah passed away on 1st April, 2007, after a six-month fight with cancer.
Her life story has been made into an award-winning film, “Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey”. See news about the Hannah film and watch the trailer.
Here are some photos of Hannah Nydahl: http://www.lamaolenydahl.de/hannah/Fotos.html