Joyce Gemayel
First Lady of Lebanon
In role
23 September 1982 – 22 September 1988
PresidentAmine Gemayel
Preceded bySolange Gemayel
Succeeded byNadia El-Chami
Personal details
Joyce Tyan

Political partyKataeb Party
(m. 1967)
ChildrenNicole Gemayel
Pierre Gemayel
Samy Gemayel

Joyce Gemayel (Arabic: جويس جميل‎) (born Joyce Tyan) is the former First Lady of Lebanon from 1982 to 1988, wife of former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel, and mother of the assassinated politician Pierre Amine Gemayel, and Samy Gemayel.

Personal life

Joyce Tyan married Amine Gemayel in 1967, becoming part "of one of Lebanon's most prominent Christian political dynasties."[1] They have three children, Nicole, Pierre and Samy.

Pierre Gemayel was assassinated on 21 November 2006.[1] Images of Joyce Gemayel grieving her son were widely used in global media reports,[2] illustrating the "tears and cries of anger" of the mourners.[3] Subsequently, and alongside her husband,[4] Gemayel spoke out against politically-motivated killings in Lebanon, and encouraged Christian Lebanese to be "united" in opposition to Syrian influence in the country.[5]


  1. ^ a b Asser, Martin (21 November 2006). "Obituary: Pierre Gemayel". BBC News. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Thousands Mourn Slain Christian Minister in Lebanon". Christian Today. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Lebanon Crisis Deepens". Saudi Gazette. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  4. ^ MacKinnon, Mark (24 November 2006). "Gemayel murder leads to second 'Independence Intifada'". Ya Libnan. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Lebanon won't give in to pro-Syrian threats". Ya Libnan. 30 November 2006. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
Honorary titles Preceded bySolange Gemayel First Lady of Lebanon1982–1988 Succeeded byNadia El-Chami