Ariana Richards

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Ariana Richards
BornAriana Clarice Richards
(1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 35)
Healdsburg, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, painter
Years active1987–present
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Ariana Richards
BornAriana Clarice Richards
(1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 35)
Healdsburg, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, painter
Years active1987–present

Ariana Clarice Richards (born September 11, 1979) is an American actress and professional painter. She is best known for her roles as a child actress such as Carol Wetherby in the film Prancer, Mindy Sterngood in Tremors and Lex Murphy in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. She has won several Young Artist Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Richards was born in Healdsburg, California, the daughter of Darielle (née Garrison), a public relations representative and film producer, and Gary Richards.[1] Her sister, Bethany, is also an actress. Her maternal grandmother, who was of Italian ancestry, was a descendant of Renaissance painter Carlo Crivelli.[2][3] Richards is also a descendant of boxer John L. Sullivan.[4]

Richards graduated from Skidmore College, earning a degree in Fine Art and Drama, with distinction. She continued with instruction at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and also attended Western Oregon University.


Richards made her acting debut in 1987's Into the Homeland, a made-for-cable release that starred Powers Boothe. Her most notable appearance was as Lex Murphy in the first Jurassic Park film; she reprised the role very briefly in the sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. She also appeared as Mindy Sterngood in the first Tremors film and reprised her role in the second sequel Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, which went straight to video. She has been featured in other films such as Angus, where she played a high school cheerleader; she also appeared on television episodes of The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Boy Meets World.

In addition to acting in movies, Richards appeared in the 1998 music video "Brick" by Ben Folds Five, portraying a high school student having an abortion. She appeared in the September 2006 issue of the British movie magazine Empire discussing a possible return to acting.

In 2013, Richards starred in the 2013 film Battledogs, shot in Buffalo, New York.[5]

In February 2014, Richards was voted #98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars. [6]



1987Golden Girls, TheThe Golden GirlsLisaTelevision program
Episode: "And Then There Was One"
1987Into the HomelandEmber Swallow (age 5 & 7)Television film
1988My Sister SamMorganTelevision program
Episode: "Life, Death and Admiral Andy"
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaLittle Girl
1989Face of the EnemyVoice only
1989Empty NestPhoebe SwensonTelevision program
Episode: "Harry Snubs Laverne"
1989PrancerCarol Wetherby
1990TremorsMindy Sterngood
1990Island SonTess DelaneyTelevision program
Episode: "Viruses"
1990Spaced InvadersKathy
1990The IncidentNancyTelevision film
1991Switched at BirthKimberly Mays, Age 9-11Television film
1992Locked Up: A Mother's RageKelly GallagherTelevision film
1992TimescapeHillary Wilson
1992Against Her Will: An Incident in BaltimoreNancyTelevision film
1993Jurassic ParkLex Murphy
1995Capitol CrittersPresident's GranddaughterVoice only
Television program
Episode: "If Lovin' You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Rat"
1995AngusMelissa Lefevre
1996Born Free: A New AdventureValerie PorterTelevision film
1996Boy Meets WorldClaire FergusonTelevision program
Episode: "Dangerous Secret"
1997Lost World: Jurassic Park, TheThe Lost World: Jurassic ParkLex Murphy
1997Total SecurityKaren DieboldtTelevision program
Episode: "Who's Poppa?"
1997Princess Stallion, TheThe Princess StallionSarah StewartTelevision film
1998Race Against FearMickey CarlyleTelevision film
2001Tremors 3: Back to PerfectionMindy SterngoodDirect-to-video
2013BattledogsDonna VoorheesWas titled "Ward's Island"[7]


In 1993, Richards released the album First Love on the Pony Canyon label in Japan. The album was a mix between teen-pop and dance friendly ballads of the early 1990s. There was also a single released in very small volume. Ariana and her mother wrote the words to the track "You're the Reason".

Richards returned briefly to the world of music in September, 2008 and recorded a cover version of David Foster's "The Prayer" in a duet with Chris M. Allport, whom she has known since a young age.


Richards has become a successful artist. Her paintings, usually of landscapes and figures, tend to be in the style of the impressionists. In October 2005, she won first place in the National Professional Oil Painting Competition (sponsored by American Artist Magazine) for the painting Lady of the Dahlias.[8]

She currently resides in Salem, Oregon,[9] and is apprenticing under a professional painter.



  1. ^ biography
  2. ^ "Book of Memories". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Ariana Richards descendant of Carlo Crivelli Itialian Renaissance artist". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Biography – A Brief Introduction". Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Werewolf movie uses Buffalo as stand-in for New York City - City & Region". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  6. ^ "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Jurassic Park Star All Grown Up on The Yo Show. Accessed October 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Fine Art Articles, Art Awards, Ariana Richards
  9. ^ Click, Carl (April 5, 2013). "'Jurassic Park:' 20 years later: Where actress Ariana Richards is today". KATU News. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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