Actress Angela Jolie and her brother James Haven consider themselves orphans after the death of their mother.
Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand fought ovarian cancer and died recently. Their father Jon Voight is alive but they are not close to him.
Haven says his sister's empathy for parentless children comes from her own experience with her father, reports contactmusic.com.
He said: "There were times when our father was awesome but my biggest memory is that he would look more to our faults than to our strengths, and that's what was so hard. Now that our mother has died we're two orphans, Angie and I, so she has a deep understanding of the orphans she adopts."