What happened to Jurassic Park child star Lex Murphy?

Do you remember this young girl Lex Murphy from the blockbuster Jurassic Park? The actress who played her, Ariana Richards, really has changed since then and now has a new profession far from the spotlight.

In 1993, Ariana Richards played the role of Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park, in which she spent the film fleeing from dinosaurs with her younger brother. 26 years later, she is now 39 years old and has become... a painter! After appearing in a few films in the 90s, she then went on to study art.

She has even opened a gallery. She posts pictures of her masterpieces on her Facebook page Gallery Ariana.

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Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) with American film director Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw (centre, right) at the London premiere of Spielberg's film 'Jurassic Park', 15th July 1993. Also present are Ariana Richards (left) and Sam Neill (centre, right), who star in the film. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Actor Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, with Ariana Richards (left) and Joseph Mazzello (right) as Lex and Tim, in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
LEAD ACTORS FROM THE FILM 'JURASSIC PARK' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
"Jurassic Park" co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern appear at the premiere of the Steven Spielberg-directed dinosaur thriller in Washington, June 9, 1993. The opening was a benefit for the children's defense fund. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
Actress Laura Dern, with fellow actor Jeff Goldblum at the world premiere of their new movie, "Jurassic Park," in Washington, D.C., June 9, 1993. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
Actor Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant and actress Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, with Ariana Richards (right) and Joseph Mazzello (left) as Lex and Tim, in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
Actor Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant and Ariana Richards as Lex try to avoid the attentions of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
Sam Neill shows a bone to Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards look out a window in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello are trapped in a truck in a scene from the film 'Jurassic Park', 1993. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 15th June 1996: Actor Jeff Goldblum with Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards at the 'Jurassic Park ride' sponsored by StarBright Foundation, Universal City, California. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY,CA - MARCH 8: Actress Ariana Richards attends the 20th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 8, 1994 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - JUNE 15: Actor Joseph Mazzello and actress Ariana Richards attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the New Universal Studios Theme Park Attraction - Jurassic Park: The Ride on June 15, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 7: Actress Ariana Richards and sister Bethany Richards attend the "Varsity Blues" Hollywood Premiere on January 7, 1999 at Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - JUNE 15: Actor Joseph Mazzello, actress Ariana Richards and actor Jeff Goldblum attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the New Universal Studios Theme Park Attraction - Jurassic Park: The Ride on June 15, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 7: Actress Ariana Richards attends the Seventh Annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on May 7, 1994 at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 10: Actress Ariana Richards attends The American Museum of Natural History's "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park" Display on June 10, 1993 at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 7: Actress Ariana Richards attends the Seventh Annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on May 7, 1994 at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY,CA - APRIL 24: Actress Ariana Richards attends the 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 24, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Ariana Richards arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Actress Ariana Richards arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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