Ariana Richards

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Ariana Richards
Born
Ariana Clarice Richards

(1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 39)
OccupationActress, painter
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Mark Aaron Bolton(m. 2013)
Children1
Website www.galleryariana.com

Ariana Clarice Richards (born September 11, 1979) is an American actress and painter. She is best known for her role as Lex Murphy in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park . Richards won several Young Artist Awards for her acting, but since adulthood has focused on her art career.

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

Painting practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. The final work is also called a painting.

<i>Jurassic Park</i> (film) 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America's Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. There billionaire philanthropist John Hammond and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park's power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors, and Hammond's grandchildren, struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.

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Personal life

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]

Healdsburg, California City in California, United States

Healdsburg is a city located in Sonoma County, in California's Wine Country. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 11,254. Healdsburg is a small tourist-oriented town in northern Sonoma County. Due to its three most important wine-producing regions, Healdsburg has been continuously awarded one of the top 10 small towns in America and is home to three of the top wineries in the United States.

Renaissance cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century

The Renaissance is a period in European history, covering the span between the 14th and 17th centuries and marking the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity. The traditional view focuses more on the early modern aspects of the Renaissance and argues that it was a break from the past, but many historians today focus more on its medieval aspects and argue that it was an extension of the middle ages.

Carlo Crivelli Italian painter

Carlo Crivelli was an Italian Renaissance painter of conservative Late Gothic decorative sensibility, who spent his early years in the Veneto, where he absorbed influences from the Vivarini, Squarcione and Mantegna. He left the Veneto by 1458 and spent most of the remainder of his career in the March of Ancona, where he developed a distinctive personal style that contrasts with that of his Venetian contemporary Giovanni Bellini.

She graduated from Skidmore College in 2001, earning a degree in Fine Art and Drama, with distinction. She continued with instruction at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.[ citation needed ]

Skidmore College

Skidmore College is a private, independent liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York. Approximately 2,650 students are enrolled at Skidmore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in one of more than 60 areas of study.

Richards married Mark Bolton in Oregon in January 2013; the couple have a son. [5]

Oregon State of the United States of America

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. Oregon is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Acting

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 . [6] 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 . [6]

Powers Boothe American actor

Powers Allen Boothe was an American television, video game, and film actor and voice actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, "Curly Bill" Brocius in Tombstone, Vice President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville.

<i>The Lost World: Jurassic Park</i> 1997 American science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg

The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure film and the second installment in the Jurassic Park film series. A sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park, the film was written by David Koepp, loosely based on Michael Crichton's 1995 novel The Lost World, and directed by Steven Spielberg. Gerald R. Molen and Colin Wilson produced the film. Actor Jeff Goldblum returns as the chaos-theorist and eccentric mathematician Ian Malcolm, leading a cast that includes: Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester, and Arliss Howard. Goldblum is the only actor from the first film to return with a major role. Cameos feature return appearances by Richard Attenborough as John Hammond and a brief appearance by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards as Hammond's grandchildren Tim and Lex.

<i>Tremors</i> (film) 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood

Tremors is a 1990 American monster film directed by Ron Underwood, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Brent Maddock, and S. S. Wilson, and written by Maddock, Wilson, and Underwood. Tremors was released by Universal Pictures and stars Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire.

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. Richards starred in the 2013 film Battledogs, shot in Buffalo, New York. [7]

Brick (song) song performed by Ben Folds Five

"Brick" is a song by American alternative rock group Ben Folds Five. It was released in November 1997 as a single from their album Whatever and Ever Amen and later on Ben Folds Live. The verses were written by Ben Folds about his high school girlfriend getting an abortion, and the chorus was written by the band's drummer, Darren Jessee. "Brick" was one of Ben Folds Five's biggest hits, gaining much mainstream radio play in the USA, the UK, and Australia in 1998.

Ben Folds Five American rock band

Ben Folds Five are an American alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group's members are Ben Folds, Robert Sledge, and Darren Jessee. The group achieved mainstream success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes. Their single "Brick" from the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations. During their first seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides and outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000. They reunited in 2011, and released their fourth album The Sound of the Life of the Mind in 2012.

<i>Empire</i> (film magazine) British monthly film magazine

Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group. From the first issue in July 1989, the magazine was edited by Barry McIlheney and published by Emap. Bauer purchased Emap Consumer Media in early 2008. Published in the United Kingdom, Empire organises the annual Empire Awards which were sponsored by Sony Ericsson, and from 2009 sponsored by Jameson. The awards are voted for by readers of the magazine.

In February 2014, Richards was voted #98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars. [8]

Awards

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Little Girl
1989 Face of the Enemy Voice-over
1989 Prancer Carol Wetherby
1990 Tremors Mindy Sterngood
1990 Spaced Invaders Kathy Hoxly
1992 Timescape Hillary Wilson
1993 Jurassic Park Lex Murphy
1995 Angus Melissa Lefevre
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Lex Murphy Cameo appearance
2001 Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Mindy Sterngood Direct-to-video
2013 Battledogs Donna VoorheesWas titled "Ward's Island" [9]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987 The Golden Girls LisaEpisode: "And Then There Was One"
1987Into the HomelandEmber Swallow (age 5 & 7) Television film
1988 My Sister Sam MorganEpisode: "Life, Death and Admiral Andy"
1989 Empty Nest Phoebe SwensonEpisode: "Harry Snubs Laverne"
1990 Island Son Tess DelaneyEpisode: "Viruses"
1990 The Incident NancyTelevision film
1991 Switched at Birth Kimberly Mays, Age 9-11Television film
1992 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Kelly GallagherTelevision film
1992 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore NancyTelevision film
1995 Capitol Critters President's GranddaughterVoice only
Episode: "If Lovin' You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Rat"
1996 Born Free: A New Adventure Valerie PorterTelevision film
1996 Boy Meets World Claire FergusonEpisode: "Dangerous Secret"
1997Total SecurityKaren DieboldtEpisode: "Who's Poppa?"
1997The Princess StallionSarah StewartTelevision film
1998Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie (a.k.a. Race Against Fear)Mickey CarlyleTelevision film

Music

On December 17, 1993, Richards released a CD album First Love on the Pony Canyon label in Japan. The album was released only in Japan and is rare and out-of-print. The tracks from the CD can be viewed on the YouTube channel of Philip Jennelle. 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".

15 years later, Richards returned briefly to the world of music in September, 2008 and released 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

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. [10]

As of 2013 Richards lived in Salem, Oregon, [11] and was apprenticing under a professional painter.

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