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A nanny to the stars hired by anti-aging guru Dr. Nicholas Perricone says her job was to secretly gather evidence that his wife was crazy - but the scheme backfired when the nanny bonded with Madeleine Perricone and testified for her during the couple's ugly divorce.

Lisa Grondin, who currently works for Uma Thurman, went along with the spy mission for a while, tailing Madeleine and jotting down notes into her Palm Pilot about how the mother acted around the girl.

"He was unhappily married and planning on getting a divorce . . . I was told she mentally was not well," Grondin said in a deposition Dec. 12, 2003.

"My job was to make sure that [the Perricones' daughter] was safe at all times, and [Dr. Perricone] didn't feel Madeleine was capable of that, and he did ask me to keep a detailed documentation of things that I thought were abnormal behavior."

But her view changed not long into her six-month stint with the Connecticut family in 2003, when Perricone berated Grondin over a work conflict.

Soon, Grondin was noticing all kinds of odd behavior by Dr. Perricone, who two months into her employment had given her a diamond bracelet, but told her to keep the gift a secret from Madeleine.

Copyright 2004 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.

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