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Pietra Dawn Cherniak


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Full NamePietra Dawn Cherniak
First NamePietra
Middle NameDawn
Last NameCherniak
ProfessionCelebrity Ex-Wife
Birth CitySanta Monica
Birth CountryCalifornia
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseBilly Bob Thornton
No Of Children2
Height165.1 cm
Weight62 kg
Networth$1 M
Date of BirthFebruary 9,1970
Age52 years

Pietra Dawn Cherniak is the former wife of Billy Bob Thornton. Professionally, the lady serves as an actress and a model. 

She came to the limelight after being Billy’s partner. Billy is recognized as a famous actor, filmmaker, and musician. 

After his performance in the 1996 American drama “Sling Blade,” Billy gained international attention, where he contributed to writing and directing.

For how long was Pietra married to Billy?

Pietra first saw Billy outside an L.A. Italian restaurant in the year 1992. At that moment, Billy had just gotten divorced from his former wife, Cynda Williams

Pietra and Billy began dating each other and, after a year, tied the wedding knot on 18th February 1993. 

Their special day was kept a private event with the engagement of close friends and family members. 

However, the pair’s marriage came to an end in 1997. The lady filed for divorce on 11th April. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. 

Moreover, Pietra insisted judge for a restraining order against Billy in Los Angeles Superior Court

On her court documents, Pietra stated that over the previous year, Billy has at least hit her, pushed her, bit her, or physically attacked her and abused her in front of their kids once or twice per month. 

Not only this, but she also added that Billy used to lift her off the ground by her neck and say that he was going to kill her, and then he was going to prison, making their kids orphans. 

However, the court later granted temporary restraints against Billy

As of now, the ex-couple shares a healthy relationship and is quite supportive when it comes to their kids.

Pietra Dawn Cherniak with her former husband Billy Bob Thornton.
Pietra Dawn Cherniak with her former husband Billy Bob Thornton. Source: Pinterest

Parents of two children

The former pair is the mom and dad of two sons named Harry James Thornton and William Langston Thornton

Harry is a realtor, and he began his career by serving in Motion Picture Industry, portraying the role of a property master

Besides choosing a real estate career, he has also worked as a prop master on numerous Hollywood credits starring Goliath and S.W.A.T.

He also made appearances in several famous reality shows, one of which is Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules

Coming on their second son, William is recognized as Billy’s son. As of 2022, he is 29 years old

He grew up with his sibling Harry who is just a year younger than him. However, his elementary and high school information is not yet revealed publicly. 

Pietra Dawn Cherniak former husband Billy Bob Thornton and son Harry James Thornton.
Pietra Dawn Cherniak former husband Billy Bob Thornton and son Harry James Thornton. Source: Instagram

After Billy’s siblings' demise, he never trusted happiness?

Back on October 3, 1988, everything changed for the artist. Billy recalls being carefree at that moment. 

His career was taking a high peak with few responsibilities in his personal life. Shortly after his brother Jimmy’s demise, his world crumbled.

Jimmy died because of a heart condition that no one was aware of. He confronted Jimmy’s demise had affected Billy’s life tremendously. 

Moreover, the artist added that he has had only a couple of times in his life where he was carefree. 

For several years, he felt OK, but then this incident happened. Since then, he had never trusted happiness. 

It’s been more than two decades, but still, Billy feels the lasting impact of the tragic loss. 

Billy Bob Thornton’s family was poor

Billy's childhood was very hard as he, including his family, had seen lots of obstacles. Also, it’s been stated that his family didn’t have enough food to eat. 

Young Billy was raised in Malvern, Arkansas, in a big family. They only had food that his grandfather brought from hunting. 

Nevertheless, he helped out his family by serving in factories and numerous other local music gigs. 

Billy had a sneaky 6th wedding

Thornton lost faith in marriage and believed marriage didn't work for him after his fifth failed marriage with Angelina Jolie in 2003

But then, shortly after, he started dating Connie Angland, whom he met on the set of Bad Santa, where Connie was working as a make-up effects crew member, and they ended up marrying in 2014

While appearing on the James Corden's show back in 2015, Thornton revealed that the couple decided to get married after 12 years of dating for their daughter, who was 11 at the time. 

He said after a while, their daughter would be like why aren't her parents married after 12 years? 

And they didn't want their daughter to think it was funny. He added to say the reason he didn't want to was that all of his marriages were short-lived and that he doesn't like to fix things that aren't broken. 

He told Connie that despite having a bad record, they were doing fine and they finally decided to marry. 

In October, they married in the front yard quietly, and nobody knew about it. They had the notaries come over with the book, and they signed the book. 

The book, he said, is not a public record. They eventually put it out that they were married. The couple is still together are living a blissful married life.

Pietra Dawn Cherniak former husband Billy Bob Thornton with his wife Connie Angland.
Pietra Dawn Cherniak former husband Billy Bob Thornton with his wife Connie Angland. Source: Pinterest

Thornton was married to Melissa Lee Gatlin from 1978 to 1980. The couple had a daughter, Amanda, but Amanda ended up being in jail for 20 years for the death of her friend's one-year-old daughter in 2008

Following his divorce, Thornton married actress Lawrence in 1986, but they divorced in 1988. His third marriage to actor, singer and author Cynda Williams lasted for two years. 

The following year in 1993, he married Pietra Dawn Cherniak and welcomed two sons, Harry James and William, before getting divorced in 1997. 

He was engaged to be married to Laura Dern but eventually ended up marrying his Pushing Tin Co-star Angelina Jolie in 2000

Their marriage was the talk of the town as they both wore necklaces that had a vial containing each other's blood, and also, Thornton was 20 years older than Jolie

However, the couple ended their marriage with divorce in 2003.

Net worth

Being an independent lady, Pietra has a net worth of $1 million approx. 

Net worth$1 million approx.
Income sourceActress and model


  1. She is 52 years old.

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