Ariana Richards

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Ariana Richards
Born Ariana Clarice Richards
(1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 34)
Healdsburg, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, painter
Years active 1987–present
Website
www.galleryariana.com

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.

Acting[edit]

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]

Awards[edit]

  • Favourite Newcomer – Japan: Jurassic Park (1994)
  • Favourite Newcomer – Australia: Jurassic Park (1994)
  • Favourite Newcomer – United Kingdom: Jurassic Park (1994)
  • The Bambi Award: Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Young Artist Award – Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture: Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Young Artist Award – Best Young Actress in a Television Movie: Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (1992)
  • Young Artist Award – Best Young Actress in a Television Movie: Switched At Birth (1991)

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Golden Girls, TheThe Golden Girls Lisa Television program
Episode: "And Then There Was One"
1987 Into the Homeland Ember Swallow (age 5 & 7) Television film
1988 My Sister Sam Morgan Television program
Episode: "Life, Death and Admiral Andy"
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Little Girl
1989 Face of the Enemy Voice only
1989 Empty Nest Phoebe Swenson Television program
Episode: "Harry Snubs Laverne"
1989 Prancer Carol Wetherby
1990 Tremors Mindy Sterngood
1990 Island Son Tess Delaney Television program
Episode: "Viruses"
1990 Spaced Invaders Kathy
1990 The Incident Nancy Television film
1991 Switched at Birth Kimberly Mays, Age 9-11 Television film
1992 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Kelly Gallagher Television film
1992 Timescape Hillary Wilson
1992 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Nancy Television film
1993 Jurassic Park Lex Murphy
1995 Capitol Critters President's Granddaughter Voice only
Television program
Episode: "If Lovin' You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Rat"
1995 Angus Melissa Lefevre
1996 Born Free: A New Adventure Valerie Porter Television film
1996 Boy Meets World Claire Ferguson Television program
Episode: "Dangerous Secret"
1997 Lost World: Jurassic Park, TheThe Lost World: Jurassic Park Lex Murphy
1997 Total Security Karen Dieboldt Television program
Episode: "Who's Poppa?"
1997 Princess Stallion, TheThe Princess Stallion Sarah Stewart Television film
1998 Race Against Fear Mickey Carlyle Television film
2001 Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Mindy Sterngood Direct-to-video
2007 77
2013 Battledogs Donna Voorhees Was titled "Ward's Island"[7]

Music[edit]

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.

Art[edit]

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.

She currently resides in Salem, Oregon,[8] and is apprenticing under a professional painter.

Awards[edit]

  • Art of the West's Award of Excellence (2006)
  • The National Professional Oil Painting Competition (2005)

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