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People go to school to get smarter so they can get a job. You already have a job. So it's like skipping a step.
~ Fiona's view on education and employment.
There's something I've always wanted to tell you, and I think you're ready to hear it. You're not very pretty, and you're not very bright. Oh, I'm so glad we had that talk.
~ Fiona insulting her stepdaughter Sam.

Fiona Montgomery is the main antagonist in the 2004 teen romantic comedy film A Cinderella Story. Fiona is based on Lady Tremaine in Disney's 1950 Cinderella.

She was portrayed by Jennifer Coolidge, who famously played Stifler's Mom in all the American Pie movies, and the White Bitch of Gnarnia in Epic Movie.

Overview

Fiona initially runs a 50's diner called Fiona's, which used to be Hal's Diner when she married Hal Montgomery, the man who ran the diner and became the legal guardian of her stepdaughter Samantha.

Hal's diner is where everyone is family and everybody is welcomed, Sam had everything she always wanted until Hal met Fiona and fell in love. They got married and Sam gained two step sisters.

Fiona didn't show her true colors until Hal died in an Earthquake and since her father never left a will. The entire estate belongs to Fiona, including the Diner and most importantly, Sam herself as well.

Fiona treats her like a slave and makes her sleep in the attic. While Sam grew up and was 16, Sam was treated like dirt and became Fiona's full-time slave without pay. Even worse, Fiona, in her vanity, uses the inheritance to live as if they were insanely rich, including spending on minor facial surgeries, and even refuses to save water during the ongoing drought. She has also transformed Hal's beloved diner into something befitting of her own image, demands that salmon be served and included in over half the dishes and takes Sam's earnings. Sam had to work really hard to graduate early and go to her dream college Princeton University like she and her father talked about before his death. Sam, attended her school's Halloween dance at her high school with their football team's quarterback Austin Ames.

Surprisingly, the event went well, despite the fact a thunderstorm moved in near the end. When Sam's stepsisters found a letter from Princeton telling Sam she had been accepted, Fiona printed out and gave Sam a fake one, stating that she was rejected. Things changed when Sam finally stood up to Fiona, having had enough of her abuse and quit the Diner and Left with all the other employees, who also quit, having put up with years of abuse for Sam's sake. Sam eventually moved in with her friend Rhonda. While taking out all the things from her Father's house, Sam found Hal's will hidden in her childhood fairy-tale book, stating that all of his money and possessions actually belong to her. Since this leaves her as the rightful and legal owner, Sam shows it to the District Attorney, then sells her stepfamily's fancy cars so that she can pay for college, while Fiona, who signed the will as a witness but claims to have never seen it before, is arrested for financial fraud and violating California's child labor laws for all the times she made Sam work long hours at the diner in spite of her being a minor. As punishment, Fiona and her girls are made by the District Attorney to work off the money they stole from Sam from the Diner Which is then restored to it's former glory by Sam and Rhonda, who become the new owners.

Quotes

All right. Well, I'm going off to get some more lipo. Come on, girls. Sam, we need you to clean the pool tonight.
~ Fiona demanding that Sam clean the pool again just before Sam finally stands up to her.
[shocked] Excuse me?
~ Fiona's reaction when her stepdaughter Sam finally refuses to do what she says.
Oh, and, um, where are you gonna live?
~ Fiona to Sam when told that Sam is quitting her job, quitting her servicing Fiona and working for the family.
You can't just walk out on me.
~ Fiona to Sam as she quits.
You take one more step and you're fired!
~ Fiona threatening to fire Rhonda before Rhonda quits too.
[freaks out] Oh, come on, no. Not my face. It's much newer than the girls. Go for the girls!
~ Fiona's cowardly reaction when Rhonda threatens to punch her.
Aaaah!
~ Fiona screaming after Rhonda jumps at her instead of punching her.
I am very, very, very, very upset about this.
~ Fiona to her daughters after their disastrous prom date with the Prince because of Sam.
Oh, it's the Botox. I can't show emotion for another hour and a half.
~ Fiona explaining to her daughters why she doesn't look angry even though she is angry.
I've NEVER seen that before!
~ Fiona to the district attorneys about her late husband's will in the end credits.
I've NEVER seen my husband's hidden will before.
~ Fiona lying about her signature on her late husband's will before being taken away by the police.
No honey, leave those on! The lawn's looking a little brown.
~ Fiona to Sam when her stepdaughter attempts to turn off the sprinklers just to help save water.
Droughts are for poor people, you think J-Lo has a brown lawn? People who use extra water have extra class.
~ Fiona's selfish demand for Sam, explaining why she prefers to 'waste water'.
Hey! Hey! I can pay for those parking tickets.
~ Fiona to the LAPD when her cars are repossessed.
Now what gives you the idea you can sell our cars?
~ Fiona to Sam when told her cars are being sold for Sam's collage money.
Where are your skates? They're part of the uniform.
~ Fiona addressing Rhonda's uniform when she refuses to wear skates.
If you were part of my circus I'd have you wiping the elephant butts with a "wet one."
~ Fiona's threat to Rhonda when Rhonda talks back to her.
San Diego.
~ Fiona telling Rhonda where she got her breasts before shoving her aside
Is this the Norwegian salmon I asked for? Because I need my omega-3s.
~ Fiona demanding her salmon.
Mmm. I can tell. You know it costs a fortune to fly that stuff in from Norwegia.
~ Fiona to her stepdaughter Sam about the price of salmon.
People go to school to get smarter, so that they can get a job. You already have a job. So it's like skipping a step.
~ Fiona teaching Sam the unimportance of school so she could work at a diner.
Sam? Some little brat got into my salmon, and ate it all! I need more salmon! So pick up my dry cleaning. And wash the Jag!
~ Fiona's demands to Sam over the phone while Sam's in school.
No! Stay back!
~ Fiona, prior to getting arrested.

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