Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent is one of the main antagonists of the 1998 romantic drama movie Ever After. She was the inspiration of Lady Tremaine from the Cinderella series based on the classical Cinderella fairytale.
She was played by Anjelica Huston.
During 16th century France, widower Auguste de Barbarac, father of Danielle, marries Rodmilla, a rich baroness and mother of 2 daughters, Marguerite and Jacqueline. When Auguste dies from a heart attack, his final words are given to Danielle. Rodmilla becomes jealous and becomes cruel to Danielle. 10 years later, the estate has fallen into decline and Rodmilla wants to get back to court instead of farming, which she sees an inconvince.
Rodmilla has reduced Danielle to a servant in her own home and one morning she and Marguerite steal Danielle's mother's dress and slippers to wear at the ball. When Marguerite says something bad about Danielle's mother's death to Danielle, Danielle punches Margurite and chases her around the manor and then Marguerite makes a threat to burn Danielle's book, Utopia, which was given to Danielle by her father before he died. Reluctantly Danielle gives her late mother's slippers to Rodmilla, but Marguerite throws the book into the fireplace anyway out of spite. Later Rodmilla and Marguerite punish Danielle cruelly by having her whipped. Jacqueline Secretly Heals Danielle's wounds and condemns Marguerite for what she said.
Baroness Rodmilla has a confrontation with Danielle believing she stole the dress and slippers, which have disappeared. Rodmilla has Danielle locked up in the pantry for insulting Marguerite. It gets worse when Rodmilla tells everyone, including Henry, Danielle's identity at the ball. When Henry gets confused and mad by this, Danielle runs from the castle, losing one of her slippers, but the slipper is found and given to Henry, by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Rodmilla sells Danielle to a vicious landowner and who attempts to force himself on her, but she cuts his face and threatens to dismember him unless he free her, which he does. Meanwhile, Henry arrives at the landowner's home and finds, apologizes, proposes, and puts the slipper on Danielle's foot. Later Rodmilla, Marguerite and Jacqueline are summoned to court, thinking that Henry plans to propose to Marguerite, but actually Rodmilla is accused of lying to the queen and is stripped of her title and she and Marguerite are sentenced to exile in America if nobody speaks on their behalf. Danielle asks the king and queen to give Rodmilla and Marguerite the same courtesy that the 2 had given her, which the net result is Rodmilla and Marguerite are reduced to and work as laundry maids for the rest of their lives, but Jacqueline is spared punishment because she's always been kind to Danielle and becomes her lady-in-waiting.