Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay-Nimoy
The naming of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater recognizes the generous contribution by actors Leonard and Susan Bay-Nimoy to Griffith Observatory’s renovation and expansion.
Leonard Nimoy is a highly regarded actor, director, photographer, and poet. He is perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Mr. Spock in the television and film versions of Star Trek. His wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, has had a career as an actress, director, producer, and community activist. She served as a Board member for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Together, they have made significant contributions to institutions in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities, each with a focus on giving people a chance to broaden their perspective.
Both Nimoys share a commitment to public astronomy and education. “By observing the sky and pondering our place in the universe, people gain a new perspective on their daily lives,” said Leonard Nimoy. “Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come.”
“Like so many people in this area, we recognize what a powerful resource the Observatory is for the community,” added Susan Bay-Nimoy. “When we learned of the plans for renovation and expansion, Leonard and I agreed that we wanted to make a substantial commitment, both personally and financially, to the project. I hope that our participation will encourage others to become involved.”