Got her career started as a 7-year-old, appearing as a ballerina in a hair salon commercial.
Owns a horse named Kindred Spirit.
Older sister of Bethany Richards.
Ariana won in 1991 the Youth in Film Award in the category Best Young Actress for her part in the TV-Film Switched at Birth (1991). She won the same award in 1992; this time for her part in Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (1991).
Is a sponsor for the Starlight Foundation for children.
Is a professional Graphics artist, selling lithographs through Universal Studios. Steven Spielberg has one of her watercolors in his office.
Graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in drama and fine arts.
Recorded a new CD single called "The Prayer" with Chris M. Allport. [August 2008]
Her maternal grandmother was of Italian descent.