Ariana Clarice Richards is an actress and professional painter. She is best known
for her portrayals as Lex Murphy in the highly successful Steven Spielberg Sci-fi
film Jurassic Park (1993), and as Carol Wetherby in the 1989 family film Prancer
with Sam Elliott. Richards was born in Healdsburg, California. Her sister, Bethany,
is also and actress. Ariana graduated from Skidmore College in New York State,
earning a degree in Fine Art and Drama. She continued her education with
instruction at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and also attended
Western Oregon University in Monmouth.