Valerie Berdan is the first to admit that she is star struck. And tonight, the 57-year-old grandmother could not be closer to the stars, for she will have a seat in the front rows at the Oscars. Mrs Berdan has one of the entertainment world's most bizarre jobs - she keeps the stars' seats warm while they collect their golden statues. A widow with two grown-up children, Mrs Berdan even spends her own hard-earned money for the privilege of serving the stars. She is one of 100 specially selected volunteers who fill the seats of celebrities when they go on stage. 'I just love it, it is so thrilling being with all these famous people,' she admits. Mrs Berdan pays a high price to satisfy her stargazing. She covers her return air fare from Washington, and hotel and meal bills. She has to wear jewellery and an immaculate new dress. She has to have her hair done and look as glamorous as the stars. Seat fillers never know whose seat they will be sitting in or how long they will occupy it. If the star returns to the seat then the volunteer has to return to the queue to be reassigned to another seat later. 'My kids video the show and when I get home we have an Oscars party and freeze frame it every time I'm spotted in the audience,' she says.