Feb. 26, 2007 -- For Veenie Mahmoud, Oscar night wasn't just a chance to see the stars. It was the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be one.
Veenie is a 17-year-old high school student who stood by her mom's hospital bed as she suffered through debilitating health problems, including heart and kidney failure and sleep apnea so bad that she had to have a tracheotomy.
At the same time, Veenie managed to get straight A's in school, become student body president and excel as an athlete. Awed by her dedication, "Good Morning America" took Veenie and her mom to Hollywood for a weekend of star treatment.
"GMA's" princess began her reign at TJ Maxx, where a stylist guided Veenie through a shopping spree. Stuart Weitzman handled her shoes, and one of Veenie's Hollywood idols helped her pick out the perfect pair of stilettos -- Chandra Wilson from "Grey's Anatomy."
Martin Katz, famous jeweler to the stars, made Veenie feel like an A-lister by showing her some of the world's most coveted diamonds.
Spa Treatments Fit for a Star
Like every Hollywood princess, Veenie was treated to a weekend of beauty. Christophe, the Beverly Hills hairstylist to the stars, did her hair in between working on Oscar nominees.
Veenie got her eyebrows shaped by famed artist Anastsia. The facialists at ultra-chic spa Natura Bisse gave her their famous diamond facial.
After all her primping, the Academy gave Veenie a front row seat in the bleachers to see the stars arrive on the red carpet. She got to meet to her hero, Will Smith.
On the red carpet, people buzzed about Veenie and her story. "Dreamgirls" star Beyonce may have said it best.
"I am so proud of you," she said to Veenie.
After the Oscars, Veenie and her mom hit the Night of 100 Stars party, capping off a weekend of well-deserved luxury.